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My parents were both entertainers, and I grew up around cabaret, feathers, sequins and beads, but it wasn't until I started studying acting that became truly fascinated with costuming and sewing. Since then, in a career spanning almost 30 years I have been a costume, scenic and lighting designer and worked in every kind of theater from community to educational to “broadway” style, both in Australia and the US. I've made props from all kinds of materials. I remember one wonderfully successful build when I made a reproduction of an old time victrola entirely out of faux painted paper and cardboard.

When I came to the US in the early 90's, I was a freelance art department worker and later Production Designer of independent films before repurposing my life as a work-from-home, homeschooling mother.

My daughter turned out to be a very girly-girl, and…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 15
  • Joined February 11, 2008

Favorite materials

Textiles cotton silk linen, Paper Beads, Polymer clay, Plastic bags as yarn, Varigated colored yarns and ribbons, Paper, Cardboard, glass and ceramic beads

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My parents were both entertainers, and I grew up around cabaret, feathers, sequins and beads, but it wasn't until I started studying acting that became truly fascinated with costuming and sewing. Since then, in a career spanning almost 30 years I have been a costume, scenic and lighting designer and worked in every kind of theater from community to educational to “broadway” style, both in Australia and the US. I've made props from all kinds of materials. I remember one wonderfully successful build when I made a reproduction of an old time victrola entirely out of faux painted paper and cardboard.

When I came to the US in the early 90's, I was a freelance art department worker and later Production Designer of independent films before repurposing my life as a work-from-home, homeschooling mother.

My daughter turned out to be a very girly-girl, and it was her love of all kinds of doll - from Barbie's to ball jointed to porcelain collectibles - that led me into the world of art dolls. I love making all my dolls. I'm inspired by fabrics, especially my collection of vintage prints. I love finding pretty beads and taking apart old jewelry to make new charms that give each of my dolls their character.

Sometimes the dolls represent a particular archetype from mythology, or literary character. Sometimes they embody an idea, like Wisdom. I like to meld images and motifs from many different cultures into my Bead Head dolls. My favorite part is always the beading and embroidery. Each of my dolls is an individual. Here is a blog post answering the top five frequently asked questions.
http://iggyjingles.blogspot.com/2012/04/top-5-questions-people-ask-me-about-my.html
And here is a blog post about How to Use the dolls:
http://www.iggyjingles.blogspot.com/2013/05/how-to-use-my-dolls.html

When I'm not making dolls, I enjoy paper crafting. I'm a Spotted Canary Certified scrapbooking teacher, and enjoy making custom elements for my layouts and cards. I'm a member of the ScraPerfect Design Team, which has been a wonderful adventure. I like my cards to be simple, with layers and dimensional details. I love vintage, raggedy looks, Shabby Chic, retro and romantic.

But I also like industrial, aged and rusted textures, that all work well with recycled and upcycled materials. I've been a confirmed "greenie" since the late 1980's. Nowadays I write a regular column for the website of Natural Life Magazine about environmentally sound crafting called "Crafting for a Greener World".
http://www.naturallifemagazine.com

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