Carlin Davis' Profile

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Polly-Wog Patterns is my doll and pattern making, business. The name Polly-Wog comes from the nickname we called my daughter, Polly, as a child. I love teaching about arts and crafts as much as creating them.

I have been self-taught in sewing and have been fascinated by rag dolls and puppets since I was seven years old. After my father's death in 1989, I decided to take the plunge and try sculpting 3-dimensional features on rag doll faces just as if I were working with clay. To my surprise, it worked. For 18 years I created all types of rag dolls and sold them in galleries and shops throughout Ohio. I took a break from crafting to complete my undergraduate degree in gender communications and psychology. In doing this,I learned so much about human nature that I found myself carrying these special traits over into my art. When pursuing my master's degree in art therapy at Ursuline…

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  • Female
  • Born on March 19
  • Joined December 13, 2009

Favorite materials

Osnaburg, Flannel, Suede, Panne Velvet, Home Spun Weaves, Vintage fabrics

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About

Polly-Wog Patterns is my doll and pattern making, business. The name Polly-Wog comes from the nickname we called my daughter, Polly, as a child. I love teaching about arts and crafts as much as creating them.

I have been self-taught in sewing and have been fascinated by rag dolls and puppets since I was seven years old. After my father's death in 1989, I decided to take the plunge and try sculpting 3-dimensional features on rag doll faces just as if I were working with clay. To my surprise, it worked. For 18 years I created all types of rag dolls and sold them in galleries and shops throughout Ohio. I took a break from crafting to complete my undergraduate degree in gender communications and psychology. In doing this,I learned so much about human nature that I found myself carrying these special traits over into my art. When pursuing my master's degree in art therapy at Ursuline College I discovered how wonderful it was expressing myself through art and creating these characters out of fabric. My art dolls were displayed in several art shows and I was commissioned to design many one-of-a-kind pieces, specializing in Spirit and Healing dolls. Through this wonderful work my personal techniques of dollmaking began to emerge. While working in a women's shelter as a counselor for several years, in Erie, PA, I realized how wonderful it was, through teaching, to give the gift of dollmaking and artistic expression to women who were experiencing the most traumatic times of their lives. It was so rewarding to watch them find true joy and personal satisfaction through expressing their own voices through artistic pieces.

Since my relocation to southcentral Virginia, I have begun to create my characters again and have designed patterns to share my dollmaking techniques with others. My life and love of dollmaking continue to grow by expanding my art through making different kinds of dolls. I look forward to every day in which I can be inspired and create new little creatures that I can share and that delight and bring love and fun to make the world a brighter place.

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