So I love dolls. And I'm a grown-up. So what. Maybe it's because when I was a wee lass in Salem I was shipwrecked and almost lost all my dolls. But in the end they were almost the only objects to survive the disaster. Yes, we bought a boat and decided to sail out into the open sea beyond Gloucester, MA (the place of "The Perfect Storm"). And NO, No one even thought to crack open a "Sailing for Dummies" book or listen to the weather radio. No biggie. So the hurricane of the year hit as we were passing the last island before open water.
The boat was destroyed, but we lived, and I still have those beloved Barbies. All of them have PTSD and severe anxiety disorders, and one is missing her hand but at least they escaped with their lives! I still get Barbie collector magazine, and have some nice ones (see below). But there are other dolls to admire in the world. One of my favorite doll designers of all time is Dame Darcy. I used to direct her NY cable-access Victorian variety TV show "Turn of the Century" in the 90's. She always paid me in dolls or vintage dresses. What a dream!
Dame Darcy's Dolls: (way cuter than any other dolls!)
And of course there is the iconic doll on the front of my band Radiana's CD, styled and photographed by Ryn Turnbull. The CD art was designed by the lovely and talented Genavieve Collins-Huxtable:
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Genavieve, like the other artists who's dolls we used on the CD, repaints, styles then photographs dolls by Volks and other companies. Here on the insert she photographed her dolls to recreate the band photo I sent her. I found her and the other artists (EngelMech, Artemiselani, Areanra91, Lajvio) on Deviantart.com
Volks are so serious about their dolls that apparently they hold funerals for broken dolls.