My name is Rose Lacefield, and I am profoundly blessed to call myself a dollmaker. Bbflockling is the title I chose for my dolls, because it perfectly describes the unique lifestyle that has inspired their creation.
Our family consists of a spunky live-in grandmother, 11 children, 18 grandchildren, 2 goats, 5 pigs, 7 cats, 5 dogs, 12 ducks, 32 chickens, 5 guinea hens, and 30 rabbits. They were either born on our farm or landed here providentially — and I affectionately call them all The Flockling.
It is this very Flockling who daily inspire the whimsical stories that come forth in the ball-jointed dolls (BJDs) I create! BJDs are an inviting, gentle canvas for the artist and the child within us to dream and create upon. The greatest joy is seeing one of my little dolls come alive in the eyes and hands of my children, collector friends, and fellow artists!
My children are able to energetically play and create with my dolls, which could never have happened had they not been made into resin BJDs. I remind them often that to share something precious to your heart always increases the joy. Thankfully, that has proven to be true with Bbflockling dolls and our beloved friends who have embraced them.
Tales From the Doll Room
This is a future project that Lacefield has planned for the Modern Doll Collectors Convention (MDCC). “The polymer characters pictured in the book are from a story I wrote and self-published for one of my daughters (Shay) years ago,” Lacefield said. “My new little daughter arrived here with many problems for someone so small (5 months old). She is now 15 years old and has grown into a remarkable, caring, and still opinionated young woman.
“This story is actually about Shay at 7 years old and recounts an event that happened to her while carelessly riding her three-wheeler. She lost her birthday toy off the back of the trike — the toy that she had been complaining about receiving instead of a two-wheeler for her birthday. Doing this project became a turning point for Shay. ‘Sometimes you have to lose something, then get it back, to appreciate what you had,’ is the moral of the story.
“I am re-creating Jemima and Talulah (the toy elephant) as BJDs to be introduced this fall at MDCC. There will not be a book included, as it is expensive to self-publish. The story will be read from this original book instead. A very sentimental project!”