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For as long as I can remember, I've always enjoyed drawing, home decorating and crafting. I learned how to sew by watching my mother and as a young adult I used this skill to make many of my "going out" clothes. I must say, even by 1960s standards, some of my creations were extremely fashion forward!

As a mother, I also ended up creating outfits for my children and eventually I became interested in the challenge of making dolls and bears. I did my research, checked out books and bought doll making patterns. They seemed kind of complicated at the time, but I took my time and made my first doll.

I was not very outgoing, so it took me a while to even show people what I was creating. Eventually I took some of my creations to work and my co-workers seemed astounded by my hidden doll making talent. This was a huge boost of encouragement…

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  • Born on December 24
  • Joined October 16, 2010

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For as long as I can remember, I've always enjoyed drawing, home decorating and crafting. I learned how to sew by watching my mother and as a young adult I used this skill to make many of my "going out" clothes. I must say, even by 1960s standards, some of my creations were extremely fashion forward!

As a mother, I also ended up creating outfits for my children and eventually I became interested in the challenge of making dolls and bears. I did my research, checked out books and bought doll making patterns. They seemed kind of complicated at the time, but I took my time and made my first doll.

I was not very outgoing, so it took me a while to even show people what I was creating. Eventually I took some of my creations to work and my co-workers seemed astounded by my hidden doll making talent. This was a huge boost of encouragement and I took on doll making as a full time hobby. After retiring I tried my hand at quilting. I soon discovered that quilt making required much more space than my small craft room could provide. In addition to not having the room, I guess I didn't have the patience and found that quilting didn't give me the same instant gratification soft doll art provided!

With the freedom of retirement, I was able to attend crafting events like the annual Sewing Expo. While there I was amazed by Cleveland area doll club display. I hung around the display area and began chatting with several doll club members. We connected over our passion for doll making and they asked me to attend their next meeting. Once again, with a little encouragement I took another step in my creative journey and went to my first doll club meeting.

After joining the club, I enrolled in my first doll making class and I was thrilled to be introduced to a whole new world. One where I was linked with other women who held similar interests as me and who were more than willing to give guidance, support and share their experiences. As a club member I had the opportunity to participate in various workshops and classes featuring internationally known doll artists.

Over the past few years I have enjoyed the good company of masters like elenore peace bailey, Barbara Willis, Patti Culea, Gayle Wilson, Arley Berryhill, Allison Marano, Jesse Chandler, Karen Shifton, Di McDonald, Judy Skeel, Adele Sciortino and Christine Shivley, Patti LaValley & Lillian Alberti , just to name a few! My most recent educational endeavors include attending Doll Camp my first Doll Cruise and a mermaid class with Kooki Davis.

Through these combined experiences I have molded my own style, an artistic expression in the form of artisan soft dolls and accessories.

In the past few years I have been awarded;

2007 Lake Metroparks Farmpark Quilt Show (Kirtland, Ohio) 3rd place prize in the doll category for “Waiting for Mardi Gras,”

2008 Ohio State Fair (Columbus, Ohio) 1st place prize in the cloth doll category for “Ebony & Ivory,”

2010 Friends of Stow-Monroe Falls Public Library Spring Needlework Show 1st place prize in the doll category for ‘Purple Dancer,"

and the Valley Art Center (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) selected “Waiting for Mardi Gras” to use as its 2009-2010 winter brochure front cover image.

I am always looking forward to participating in classes, listening to speakers and sharing my knowledge and experiences in the craft of artisan doll making.

—Mary Diann Pinckney, Doll Artist

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