MY CHARACTER DOLLS
Gold Award Winner - PDMAG - Professional
Doll Makers Art Guild
Hello and welcome to the sweetest little character doll shop just this side of dollhouse heaven. myStoryART2 is a wonderful character doll collection just for grownups!!
My name is Sharon House and I am a passionate art doll sculptor/dollmaker who loves creating OOAK (one-of-a-kind) character art dolls that spin a tale or story, especially around Halloween or Christmas.
All my dolls and pins are hand-sculpted. No molds are used. Curious about how my dolls are made and dressed? The "Anatomy of an Art Doll" is an informative article!
The Character Doll Shop is where you will find all the "little folks" currently living on the doll room shelves.
If you find a character doll that you absolutely know has your name on it and you want to know more, please do get in touch with me. Don't be shy. Just ask!
ANATOMY OF AN ART DOLL
As an art doll creator, I am the designer, sculptor, painter, pattern maker, costume designer, seamstress and storyteller. Each art doll is a learning experience for me in patience: imagining, sculpting, designing, engineering, costume making, sewing and attention to detail. Within each meticulously constructed art doll is a lifetime of learning and skills in all those "disciplines".
From concept to finished doll, dollmaking is a creative and often transformative art journey in itself. All of the "little folks" in my collection are entirely hand-sculpted with lots of love and attention to detail. I want them to have a personality and "look" that is uniquely their own.
One question I am often asked is "How long does it take you to make a doll?"
Now that, my friend, is a tough question. It depends so much on the doll itself. A good guess? I'd say about a week... give or take...Yep...35 to 40 hours! If all goes according to plan that is... which it usually doesn't GRIN!
Over the years I have heard many of my friends say."Oh you are so talented. I could never do that!"
Granted, I was born with a creative gene but you know it isn't just about talent. It takes a ton of practiced skill. Being primarily self-taught, ask me about the 50 heads I made and squished up until it actually looked like something resembling a person! That piece of clay was dirty and black by the time I was finished with it. I threw it out. But funny, now, there are some days when I wish I had kept it to remind me, especially on those days when things don't seem to be working the way I want them to, about how far I have come.
It takes patience and downright determination to figure some things out along the way. All my character dolls are truly made with a lot of love, patience AND sometimes downright stubbornness! I don't give up easily...
For those of you who like lots of information about the process, you might enjoy the article on the Anatomy of an Art Doll page.
Thanks a bunch for stopping by! If you have any questions or I can assist you in some way, just get in touch with me.
So now, come meet some of my characters that are available in the Character Art Doll Shop.
Hope you enjoy your visit... Cheers, Sharon
P.S. Questions? Send me an email. But...serious inquiries only, please!