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Appearing in Art Doll Quarterly, Spring 2009: Bayou Bunnies by Linda DuBos

All my art dolls are registered with the Fine Art Registry.

Naked! Naked! Naked! Naked is not a bad word the exasperated mother explained to her three children when they ran to her tattling on their brother. And you will find no, dare I say it, naked bunnies here in my shop. They all come clothed in outer garments, undergarments, shoes, accessories, and usually a hat.

The texture of fabric, the softness of yarn, the pliability of wire is so sensual, so magical. I touch a piece of fabric and images begin appearing in my mind. Will it drape, will it pleat, can I mold it into something enchanting and exciting. Touch is the nucleus of my creativity - the electricity that powers my imagination. The passion of my art begins in my finger…

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  • Born on May 23
  • Joined February 4, 2009

Favorite materials

yarn, beads, beautiful fabrics and trims

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About

Appearing in Art Doll Quarterly, Spring 2009: Bayou Bunnies by Linda DuBos

All my art dolls are registered with the Fine Art Registry.

Naked! Naked! Naked! Naked is not a bad word the exasperated mother explained to her three children when they ran to her tattling on their brother. And you will find no, dare I say it, naked bunnies here in my shop. They all come clothed in outer garments, undergarments, shoes, accessories, and usually a hat.

The texture of fabric, the softness of yarn, the pliability of wire is so sensual, so magical. I touch a piece of fabric and images begin appearing in my mind. Will it drape, will it pleat, can I mold it into something enchanting and exciting. Touch is the nucleus of my creativity - the electricity that powers my imagination. The passion of my art begins in my finger tips.

Hello! and welcome to my shop - Bayou Bunnies. Please stay a little while, get comfortable, and I'll tell you a little about myself and my "little jewels".

My name is Linda DuBos and I love to design and create original one-of-a-kind art dolls (or bunnies as the case may be). I've always loved creating things. But it wasn't until I was forced into retirement by illness that I discovered just how much the world of art and design meant to me.

The birth of Bayou Bunnies came about after watching a demonstration on making a pompom bunny on the Martha Stewart Show. My bunnies have evolved from a basic art form into the more sophisticated creations you now see. I do not believe that you will find anything quite like them in the art world today.

The head and bodies are formed from very tightly wrapped individual yarn pompoms which are stitched together. The facial features are then sculpted with tiny scissors; and the ears, eyes, nose, and mouth stitched on. The arms and legs are formed from floral tape and yarn wrapped wire. The wire makes the arms and legs poseable. (While you are fast asleep the minuet of the dolls begins.)

All of the fashions and 99% of the accessories worn by the bunnies have been handmade by me. Not all my fashions are Victorian replications and not all are based on French "fashion dolls", the elegant poupees of the mid to late 19th century, but this is where my passion lies.

I have studied construction techniques in both Victorian and French design. The complexity of the patterns and sewing techniques makes creating fashions in miniature extremely challenging and time consuming - but very, very rewarding. Each rabbit takes approximately two to three weeks from conception to completion. I also like creating original designs in the elegant style of the 20s, 30s, and 40s; and I'll even throw in a few funky pieces just because I love funky, crazy things.

My rabbits and I were one of the artists selected to appear in the Spring, 2009, issue of Art Doll Quarterly (pages 65-67). I feel very blessed that my craft has been validated by such a prestigious magazine. I've been making my bunnies for almost two years and this has given me the courage to present them to the public for purchase.

I hope you will love them as much as I do. In the creation process they become much more than an inanimate object. Each one seems to come to life in my hands, developing its own personality; and as the accessories are added, a story begins to unfold. I've learned to be a dollmaker, a designer and pattern maker, a seamstress, a cobbler, a milliner, and a jeweler - all in miniature.

With each bunny I give you a little piece of my heart and hope my bijou bunnies, "little jewels", will bring some sparkle and joy into your lives.


MY BUNNIES LOVE TO BE HANDLED ( WITH CARE) BUT ARE NOT DESIGNED TO BE PLAYED WITH BY CHILDREN.


***Fifteen percent of all sales from my bunnies and other miniature creations go to the Harmony Hill Retreat Center (www.harmonyhill.org) - a kind and loving place that cares for the emotional needs of those struggling with cancer. Harmony Hill is located high on a hill overlooking the beautiful Olympic Mountains and pristine waters of Hood Canal in Washington State - about two miles from my home.

I would encourage everyone to make an offering to the charity of your choice. Life is so much richer when you give.

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