Experimenting With Dolls


Kit fee includes all necessary materials as well as access to a huge collection of textiles to share – antique gowns, kimonos, lace, buttons and trims – all sorts of fabulous things with rich and inspiring textures and stories.


Experience level: All Levels
Kit fee: 20 USD

Expressive, experimental, interpretive dolls.

This is a class about possibilities,
trying on ideas and most importantly play.

Something magic happens when we create figures, dolls. Something secret always sneaks out. Some longing, some memory, something buried or forgotten, something that has been waiting.

This is a class about possibilities, trying on ideas and most importantly play. A “yes and” way of working, starting before you know where you are headed, trying something and responding and pushing past sneaky inhibitions and self imposed assumptions and limits.

We will draw inspiration from how the figure has been represented throughout history (I’ve been particularly interested in goddess figures lately) and explore the art, sentiment, nostalgia and spirit of dolls – all they can mean and be.

If you’re most comfortable starting with a shape patterns will be available or if you prefer, you’ll be guided through inventing your own. We will explore a variety of traditional and experimental construction methods and materials including some of my favorite supplies and resources.

My hope is that you make something that
feels expressive, joyful and personal.

I’m bringing everything you need but If you have materials of your own you’d like to work with please do bring them as well as (also optional) a basic sewing kit – your favorite scissors etc.

We will be hand and machine stitching – basic sewing skills would be ideal.