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I will be running a 30% sale on all items in my online shop throughout this week. There are several items that have never been made available before. Go to https://www.strangedolls.net/available-dolls/ and use the coupon code #newdawn at checkout. Sale ends June 30 at midnight.

Contact me with any questions!

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I have been working in my studio for a little over a month now and in love with the new space. I do have several new dolls available but perfect photos will have to wait until I get back from vacation (where I currently am). Here is a little tour of the new space (click on the thumbnail for a full slideshow):

Officially moved in and all, I decided it was high time to invite friends in to see my new space and celebrate with me. What could be a better time for a party in a church than Easter weekend? And if we are going to have a Strange Dolls party on Easter weekend then it needs to be a Blasphemy Party. And so it was. I invited everyone to dress up in their best unholy, evil easter bunny, nun/priest get-ups, we imbibed in satanic cupcakes, cakes, sculptural meatloaf… with a side helping of the Body of Christ in wafer and drink form.

Special thanks to The Retinal Exploitation Cooperative who put together an incredible collage of mind blowing visuals (Nunsploitation anyone?) with the perfect occult soundtrack to the night.

That night was the Blood Moon. I couldn’t have planned it better.

Stephen Mease snapped some really artsy photos of the event. He was also responsible for capturing the Art of Horror’s glory this year. Thanks Stephen!

And finally photos that a friend and I snapped (click on the thumbnail for a full slideshow):

Nun dolls coming soon.

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STUDIO SALE

Friday, Feb 6
5:30 – 9:00 pm
(during First Friday Art Walk)
&
Saturday, Feb 7
12:00 – 5:00 pm

Reduced prices on all dolls, jewelry, prints and some supplies.

The Strange Dolls studio is currently located within
SPACE Gallery
266 Pine Street, Suite 105
Burlington, VT 05401
thru the end of February, then I am relocating to a new studio space. Details soon!

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Voting ends on July 1 at noon

I was nominated for a Seven Days 2014 Daysie Award for best visual artist. How great would it be if the Creepy Doll Lady won this year?! I have a one in five chance and you can help me make it happen!

Please help me win by placing your vote today, before it is too late. And while you are at it, vote for S.P.A.C.E. Gallery as the best art gallery. I wouldn’t have gotten the nomination without having a studio in that amazing, creative place.

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Much to my absolute jaw dropping shock, the nominees for the Seven Days 2014 Daysie Awards just came out, and I was 1 of 5 artists nominated for best visual artist. I am positively floored and feel incredibly honored and humbled and shocked to even be considered – let alone nominated.

But of course – now I want to win it!

I love every one of the artists on the list but it would be amazing if a somewhat – erm – dark, and – uh – more, shall we say… “alternative” artist was chosen this year? That would certainly give cred to all of the bumper stickers I see roaming around town that say “Keep Vermont Weird“. I am your poster child, People! Get on board! Go vote for me!

So maybe you are asking: “What are the Daysie Awards and why are they so important?”

Every year our local newspaper, Seven Days, hosts this contest. There are 8 sections (everything from food to shopping to media) and 171 categories. This year there were more than 90,000 nominations. Voters will choose one finalist from each category and the finalist with the most votes in Round 2 will win the Daysie award to be presented at an awesome party hosted by Seven Days.

The final round of voting begins today, Wednesday, June 18, at noon and ends Tuesday, July 1, at noon.

Also, if you are voting for me, you have to vote for S.P.A.C.E. Gallery as the best art gallery. I wouldn’t have gotten my nomination without having a studio in that amazing creative space.

Stumped in the other categories? I have to mention some of my friends (and favorites as well):

Let’s make this happen folks! Please take moment to vote for me and my friends and share this link with your friends. Encourage them to vote as well.

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What started out as a new way to start packaging my strange dolls turned into a full blown massacre. Let us hope that the USPS does not give me too much shit on this (or the studio manager — yeep). I think it is terribly fun. And I admit, I got carried away.

 

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Stitchery

sewing machineToday I bought a new sewing machine. It was a very long time coming. I would say about 6 years overdue. It is exciting to have a new machine and to feel it pur along under my fingers, especially with some of the more challenging pieces I am making right now for my Bird show in July.

Oftentimes I don’t realize that most people don’t know how much work goes into making a doll. I have been more aware of it since people were asking about it on the feedback form I recently sent out and also while preparing for this workshop in July.

Recently there was a group of students coming through for a studio visit and I had put down a doll that I was sewing on. Someone who was already familiar with my work saw the doll laying there and exclaimed, “You sew everything by hand!? Oh my god!”

Well, I do use a sewing machine for hemming and for the larger pieces like a skirt or pants. But if the clothing needs to be fitted, I have to stitch it on to the doll’s body. There is a lot of hand stitching that happens on the dolls. I spent 2 hours on Sunday and 2 hours today just making the ruffles for a dress I am working on. The lace on the bustle and the blouse and sleeve details are all hand stitched.

 

 

Every doll needs “under wear” to keep their stuffing in place. This is what it looks like and is all hand stitched.

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