Sunday, January 18, 2009

Queen Anne Style Wooden Dolls

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It was a fateful day that I stumbled upon an example of a marvelous Queen Anne Style Wooden doll. Immediately I fell in love with her and decided to try to make one too. Little did I know then what a challenge I had set myself up for.
I've spent most of my life studying and creating art but I had no idea how difficult it was going be to capture the charm, the elegance and the simplicity of the Queen Anne.

So much has to do with the high forehead and the huge, beautifully cut out pupilless black eyes. And then there are the fabulous 18th Century dresses. I never thought of myself as much of a seamstress even though I've been sewing since I was 18 years old. Here's a photo of my old Brooklyn Edison. I bought it years ago in NYC for $30 from a street peddlar.

I've used newer machines but this trusty old thing has never failed me.

I so admire the work of other doll artists who have been able to capture the charm and beauty of antique Queen Annes. There are not many of them and they are a very special group. Each one brings his and her own unique interpretation to this lovely lady.