Category: Fantasy & Popular Culture

Curious Collector: Ideal 1957 Shirley Temple doll

My mother, when downsizing, came across a doll she had bought years ago, a 17-inch Ideal Shirley Temple. She was still strapped in the original box, which I believe is the first box with the gold lid and white stars with Shirley Temple’s picture on the end. The doll is flawless — I am amazed at the condition of the vinyl, plus the hair has never been disturbed.

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Artistic Expressions: Nefer Kane speaks through her doll sculpts

Nefer Kane was born, raised, and still resides on the French Riviera, next to the village where Picasso lived and about a mile away from Renoir’s house. “I am not in the big city of Nice,” she explained. “My place is more countryside, which I prefer, because I need nature around me. I hope one day I can have a house with more land near a forest.”

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Marguerite Noschese creates OOAK characters

An award-winning professional doll artist for about a decade, Marguerite Noschese had been looking forward to a varied roster of shows at the beginning of the year. “Unfortunately, many shows have been cancelled this year,” she said. “I did, however, partake in the Quinlan Virtual Show and Sale that was arranged for the participating artists.

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Staying Positive: Collette Hatch finds her happy place with art dolls

Fourteen years ago, award-winning doll artist Collette Hatch was looking for ways to keep a positive outlook. After being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer, and living with the fear of a recurrence, her normal optimism needed a boost. She saw a picture of an art doll online, which led her to contact Jack Johnston and enroll in one of his classes. “Sculpting became a very happy place for me,” Hatch said. “Luckily my cancer was caught early. It’s a scary journey, but today I am cancer-free and I continue to enjoy creating my one-of-a-kind (OOAK) art dolls.

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