Linda Wolfe on Apr 13, 2016
Simple to follow. Adorable rabbit when completed.
"In the haunted house of life, art is the only stair that doesn't creak." ~ Tom Robbins
So in 2009 I tried to grow bird house gourds. None of them got big enough for birds...but they were so wonderfully strong and sculptural I had to do SOMETHING with them. Enter a lifetime of arts and hearth-crafts combined with a scavenger's mentality. You get gourd art dolls. My first art doll died of ignorance--mine. I had no idea how to use air dried clays, so the poor girl cracked all to pieces. But I got better.
I earned an MA in Archetypal Mythology at the turn of the century. It wasn't much commercial use (nobody wants to hear me quote Beowulf in Old English), but the subject of the mythic archetype in story structure still fascinates me and informs much of what I do today. I see a profound connection between people and their expression of themselves in dolls.
Hopping from one medium to another--wood, cloth, clay, junk, etc.--keeps the art fresh for me and lets me keep learning. Oscillating from historically influenced to flat-out weird-itude keeps it fun, and lets me express what is important for that moment.
As we've recently moved to central Arizona, I have new art and doll show venues to explore, aside from Etsy, and I am excited to see what is here. My new studio is fabulous, and setting it up--both organizing and putting my hands on alllll those materials--has my head spinning with ideas.
From vintage inspired toys to historical dolls, I'm all over the place with my folk art. If I had to pin it down to a Jeopardy category, it would be "Things With Faces". That comes close enough.
There really is no end of ideas.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Scavenger, Photographer, Shipper
I live and work in the Prescott area of Arizona, thriving in this high desert mountain country. As my work matures and I learn more about what I am compelled to create, I see changes...but I see continuity as well. There is no end of ideas.
If you're interested in the Layaway Plan, see the info in "Additional Information" and "Payment Policy".
I discovered that trying to make a custom doll interferes with the process of creating from the heart, so I don't do it anymore. I do make requested types of dolls, (ex: you want an Izannah Walker or a Queen Anne type) but always with my own original vision and interpretation. I think that's why we buy art, and I hope this aspect of my work speaks for itself.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
I accept Paypal and credit cards through Paypal. Payment must be received within five business days of purchase or the item will be returned to the store inventory. I also accept checks and money orders, shipping as soon as payment clears the bank.
Any item not redeemed on the layaway plan after the one-month deadline will be returned to the shop listings, and 1/2 the original deposit returned.
Items will be shipped within two business days of payment clearing.
In the interest of Saving the Planet, we use recycled material for packing. In the interest of getting your item to you all in one piece, we use a lot of it.
Refunds and Exchanges
Additional policies and FAQs
Payments must be through Paypal. I'll make two special listings for you: the first for one-third payment, which will hold an item reserved for you for one month. The second listing will be for the remainder of the amount.
Let me know if this is the plan for you!