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Rachael Baldanza


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Last updated on March 17, 2011
I make these paper dolls from scrips and scraps of paintings and sketches and ephemera. A few years ago we had a fire and while no-one was injured (lucky, lucky, lucky), a lot of my paintings were damaged.

I chose to cut, tear, rip and make a million changes to the images that I used to think were done. I could not throw the paintings out so I played with them. In my life, there isn’t time to not make art. I don’t always have the time to make the big paintings I used to but with a sketchbook handy and a few minutes I can and do make plenty of painted and drawn images. Some of the dolls hold ideas left-over from my writing and drawing. All of them are attempts to create honest fictions, as strange as we are.

I can’t guarantee it, but I think of these dolls as lucky. They have been for me at least. They are, after all, about resilience, and personality, and the ways we are all a little strange.

Each doll is named and signed and has a story or two. Ask nicely and I will tell, or you can feel free to make it up yourself. Go ahead. What good is a doll you can’t play with?

Or afford?! I’ve deliberately priced them at $15 each or 2 for $25 because I want to share these with as many people as possible. This is what studying the history of American artists trying to make art for the masses has done to me.

I appreciate any comments, questions or ideas at
rachaelbaldanza [!at]

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Please don't resell these dolls or duplicate them without asking and please do let me know if anything is injured in transit.
Tax is included in the sale price.
I will mail via regular USPS unless otherwise asked. Insurance would be more but it can be added.
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People have asked what they should do with the dolls? Well, play with them. Or hang them using dental floss threaded through the little brad holes and hang them in your home to dangle in the breeze. Or put them in a shadow box. Or send them to someone you love. Or you could play with them.