Betsey Harries' Profile

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I design my 6” high art dolls to honor our spiritual connection with nature, music, and the arts. I hand-sew their colorful outfits from wool felt, mold their faces from clay, and braid their hair from buffalo, alpaca, or sheep fibers. I decorate their outfits with very small beads, bits of carved bone, and pieces of vintage jewelry. The figures hold miniature items I’ve carved, needle-felted, formed from clay, or found in antique stores.

Many people assume my art dolls are Inuit or Scandinavian because they all wear parkas, mittens, and mukluks. But my little people aren’t meant to represent a specific geographic area or group of people. Some of their faces are dark, some light, and their hair may be black or white or gray or red. They could be anybody who lives in a cold region of the world and needs the warm humor and comfort of good neighbors to get through the long dark winter. I know a piec…

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  • Joined August 10, 2008

Favorite materials

Deerskin, wool felt, beads, wool fibers

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About

I design my 6” high art dolls to honor our spiritual connection with nature, music, and the arts. I hand-sew their colorful outfits from wool felt, mold their faces from clay, and braid their hair from buffalo, alpaca, or sheep fibers. I decorate their outfits with very small beads, bits of carved bone, and pieces of vintage jewelry. The figures hold miniature items I’ve carved, needle-felted, formed from clay, or found in antique stores.

Many people assume my art dolls are Inuit or Scandinavian because they all wear parkas, mittens, and mukluks. But my little people aren’t meant to represent a specific geographic area or group of people. Some of their faces are dark, some light, and their hair may be black or white or gray or red. They could be anybody who lives in a cold region of the world and needs the warm humor and comfort of good neighbors to get through the long dark winter. I know a piece has turned out well when the body language of the doll when viewed from the back is enough to make someone laugh or tear up.

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