An Izannah Walker Inspired Doll from the 1980's

I was searching through antique doll items on Ebay and happened across this antique inspired doll made in 1983 by NIADA artist E. SZUKI.  

Doll makers of that time making antique inspired and Izannah Walker inspired dolls were Helen Pringle, Edyth O'Neill, Judi Tasch, and Kay Cloud.  We who make antique inspired folk dolls are part of a large parade of creatives. 

I asked permission to share this doll here for those of you who enjoy Izannah Walker reproduction dolls.   You can see visit the auction here for more pictures.  

Wonderful Kathe Kruse Dolls

Signature Dolls shared images of these marvelous Kathe Kruse dolls in a group we are both in, and has graciously allowed me to share them here with Maida readers.  The dolls shared here are only 14" tall.

I love the story behind Kathe Kruse dolls - that the first doll Kathe made was an answer to her child Maria's wish to have a baby to cuddle.  Maria's father looked for a doll like the child wanted but only found cold porcelain dolls.   So mama Kathe improvised, as mothers do:
"....the doll should be warm, soft and also a little bit heavy to carry. She took a soft towel, filled it with sand and finally took a potato as a head. The first doll was born! Mimerle instantly fell in love with it, played with it and carried it around all day long. But after a few days the knots got loose, the sand came out and the potato developed a very unpleasing smell..."
via the Kathe Kruse website
This makes me grin.   Some of my early dolls have that improvised feel, minus the potato head. You can read the story here.  Enjoy the images. 

A far cry from a sand filled towel with a potato head.
What marvelous but simple construction!

I like to end with images of the dolls fully clothed.  
Such beautiful honest creations!  

Thank you to Signature Dolls for sharing them!  

A Sheppard or Philadelphia Baby Doll

I've started making a Philadelphia Sheppard Baby Doll Pattern.  You can follow the progress on my personal blog at Northdixie Designs.  

These dolls, like some Alabama Baby Dolls, fall in the "so ugly they are cute" category for me. There is a sweetness and a homeliness about them.  The light shines through a window, revealing the beauty of a worn antique doll of days gone by. This Philadelphia (Sheppard) Baby is enjoying a moment in the sun.  


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