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OOAK Dolls, Hats and Fashions by Cindy Sowers

cindysowers is taking a short break.

I will be away from my shop until 5/16. Hope to see you back then! If you need to get in touch with me, send me a convo and I will respond as soon as I am able. Thanks for visiting! -- Cindy


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At the moment I am trying to get 2 dolls a month into my shop. I also have another doll I am working on for the Auguste Clown Gallery in Melbourne, AU August Show. I am trying to get dresses in as I can, and generally have not been as disciplined as normal. So bear with me please! I do mostly OOAK things and I try not to repeat myself too often, so it takes a fair amount of energy to come up with unique items.

The Auguste Clown Gallery in Melbourne, AU had it's Once Upon a Blythe show open on 2/20. If you haven't seen it yet, please have a look http://www.augusteclown.com/onceuponablythe.html
I am delighted to have been asked to be a part of an exclusively custom Blythe showing of 30+ international artists. My doll sold opening night (yay! - thank you so much whoever was so kind), but there are still dolls left, if you are so inclined.

Will winter ever end? Hope you all are having a lovely time staying indoors playing with dolls!

If you haven't noticed, my store is now full of small stuffed things. I have started my own line of dollhouse scale animal art dolls. I have mainly rats, mice and rabbits. They are all about 5-1/2" tall and fit well into dollhouse scale, as an alternative to regular dollhouse dolls. If you are one of my regular Blythe clients and you like small things, the animals go well as companions to Blythe or other dolls, or maybe will open you to a whole new world of 1/12 scale miniatures. I hope so. It really is fun.

Everything in my shop is handmade individually by me. My shop is about offering you things I love and collect myself. I want the things I make to last. Each item is made one at a time from start to finish. I don't have an assembly line mentality and couldn't work that way if I tried. Each piece is a little different from the last, as I make color and fabric selections and changes to the design as I go. A lot of the things I do, including coloration, is really just a happy accident. I draw up patterns sometimes, and promptly forget what goes with what, so things can be pretty random and you might not see repeats once something has sold. Pattern making is a strong skill of mine, if I would only stay organized well enough to have any idea what I put with what last time! My scatterbrained nature is an excellent way to stay creative, but really hinders working in a consistent fashion, so OOAK is the best way for me to work. It's how I have always worked. I am not set up like a factory and I like giving each piece the attention it deserves. Each design is my own, often inspired by movies or television programs. Often I dye or embellish my own fabrics. My goal is to give you something that is unique and often OOAK. I embrace handmade and love the energy behind things that are made individually by individuals. Welcome to my world!

I consider costuming an art, and when I make clothing I try to make each item a miniature piece of wearable art for whatever/whomever I am making it for. If I am making dolls or critters, I want each one to be different from each other. I like things to have a personality. I use very high quality materials to construct everything I make. Price reflects cost of materials, but more often is indicative of artistry, skill and time involved. What you see is basically the culmination of what I have applied myself to since forever. It's everything I know how to do and have been working towards at that moment. Hopefully my work gets better as I progress, so that there is little point in looking back. Working in miniature takes far less materials, but often not really much less time or less skill. I can design and construct in human scale, as well, and everything in between, so I know just exactly what goes into clothing design and construction and how much effort it takes. I think I offer you very good value. I put so much time into things and each piece has a lot of energy put into it. I hope you will have a look through my store to see what I can offer you. Hopefully you will be pleasantly surprised.

I will try to put up something new Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10 and 12 EST, so please check back and see what's new! I often post things on Facebook first and then list them immediately after. If you see it on Facebook, it is probably for sale that day, so feel free to add me as a friend on FB.

I have been making art dolls since 2001. I have had dolls in art galleries throughout Vermont from 2003. I was chosen as an artist for the Cabot Best of Vermont event in NYC. My dolls have been published in major doll magazines. Before all of that, I was a quilt artist, and before that a milliner. For awhile here on Etsy I sold primarily doll hats in all size ranges. In 2009 I became interested in Blythe dolls and focused on hats and other items for Blythe for 5 years. Most of my own Blythe dolls, which you see photographed are customized by me. My interest in miniatures is pretty peaked right now. I love 1/12 scale and love what can be done with it.

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