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After years of making art I've finally found what it is I love to create, and its dolls.
As a child I had many different dolls and loved them all dearly. I still have the very first two dolls bought for me by my Grandfather sitting on an old trunk in my bedroom. Kindly watching over me as I sleep each night. Every doll has a character and a soul of their very own. Holding stories ready for those of us that want to hear them.
Living in the beautiful South Wales valley’s, I've also always being fascinated with the everyday history that surrounds me here at home, and decided that I'd like to share the stories of the little known women for the past that I read about. The ways in which they spent their lives, the clothes they wore, the way they were treated by society, all so different to what we know now. So now I make dolls that combine everything that I love - a doll that helps me tell the stories of the women that…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 11
  • Joined January 3, 2008

Favorite materials

Anything and Everything, clay, buttons and fabric, paper of all sorts, paint and ink, broken dolls, silver leaf, stamps, anything old and broken and lots of glue and varnish

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About

After years of making art I've finally found what it is I love to create, and its dolls.
As a child I had many different dolls and loved them all dearly. I still have the very first two dolls bought for me by my Grandfather sitting on an old trunk in my bedroom. Kindly watching over me as I sleep each night. Every doll has a character and a soul of their very own. Holding stories ready for those of us that want to hear them.
Living in the beautiful South Wales valley’s, I've also always being fascinated with the everyday history that surrounds me here at home, and decided that I'd like to share the stories of the little known women for the past that I read about. The ways in which they spent their lives, the clothes they wore, the way they were treated by society, all so different to what we know now. So now I make dolls that combine everything that I love - a doll that helps me tell the stories of the women that most of history has forgotten or hidden away (and one or two that are more well-known), bringing a tiny piece of them back to life. Dolls that let me explore in minute detail the clothes they wore and how they were made. The ways in which these women spent their time, and the hardships they had to endure.
They led lives so different from us in so many ways, and in some ways so similar. As women do now the women of the past suffered for fashion; where they suffered tightly laced body altering corsets, we have high stiletto heels that very few can walk in properly or in comfort; and where they used poisons such as arsenic to improve their completion, we spend a fortune on creams and serums trying to improve our own. But the lives we live now are very different.
I’ve chosen to construct my dolls in a very simple way. I do make some stuffed cotton muslin dolls, and some altered plastic dolls, but most are sculpted with paperclay over a wooden base. I’ve kept the body, limbs, hands and feet very simple in shape to echo the stunning dolls made in the past that can now be seen in museums around the world. And use the clothing I make to build the shape and character of the doll, just as was done back then, giving each doll a unique face and expression.
I often get asked why I give my sculpted doll such big staring round eyes, something that a lot of people find odd or even creepy. And it’s something that’s quite difficult to explain. Without the wonderful women in my life that first taught, and then encouraged, me to sew I wouldn’t be able to the dolls that I see in my imagination. My patient kind Grandmother with her one short finger who taught me very young to thread a needle and sew a button or hem, my lovely mother who let me cut things up to sew together again different and let me rummage through her sewing box until I knotted up all her threads, and my beautiful little Godmother that still and always has admires my skills and pretends not to see when my seams are wonky all had one thing in common when I was little: Big collections of old buttons. And I have very fond memories of being allowed to look through these jars, boxes and tins, sitting on the floor and sorting them into size or colour, and sometimes being able to keep one for myself that had caught my eye. I now have my own big box of buttons and buried among all the others are still one or two that I know are treasures from my childhood and inherited from these very special women. What could be more perfect to use as an element of my dolls than beautiful, discovered, found, vintage, or salvaged buttons.
Each of my sculpted dolls is dressed in exactly the same way that the women who inspired them would have been. I take care to research the correct clothing, re-creating each piece with the right garments. Apart from the few smaller fantasy dolls I make my dolls outfits in layers, starting with the underwear and working my way through each part, so most of them will wear a combination of bloomers, shifts, corsets, chemisettes, bustles, hoops, pads, petticoats or stomachers under the outfit that you finally see when the doll is finished. Even though you can’t see these layers you can feel them, and I add them to ensure that I get the correct shape to the final outfit and to add something special to each one. Just like those museum piece dolls, I make my dolls to be as close a representation possible to the women they are made to portray. Like an old portrait porcelain doll made in a little girls image, wearing the same outfit, and using the girls actual hair. Or an ancient cabinet doll dressed in the same fine fabrics as her owner.
I really hope you’ve liked finding out more about me and my dolls.
If you have any questions I’ll be happy to answer them. Please convo me here - http://www.etsy.com/convo_new.php?to_username=NatashaMorgan

You can find more of what I’m working on, or just things I like at the links below.

www.flickr.com/photos/natashamorgan/
http://twitter.com/NatashaDolls
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Natasha-Morgan/148807718484271
http://natashamorganartdolls.blogspot.com/

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