CrawfordManorDolls

Crawford Manor Dolls

Colorado Springs, Colorado On Etsy since 2012

CrawfordManorDolls

Crawford Manor Dolls

Colorado Springs, Colorado | 9 Sales

Announcement    I will be presenting some of my new 1:12 scale miniature dolls (Ladies On Horseback) in the near future. I am re-inventing them to encompass all I have learned over the years and to more closely follow the esthetic of my other dolls. I created my first 1:12 Scale Miniature Doll in 1978.

During the 1990's I experimented with porcelain fashion dolls.

I have re-designed my website to include most of my work from 2000 with the 12” & 16” Fashion Doll Costumed Re-Paints, through to 2009 and my own 21” solid resin BJD “Kindred Spirits”.

Over the years, thousands of images of my work have been added to various websites, and while I am incredibly flattered, it can be very confusing. I receive so many emails requesting information that I felt it might help those new to my work as well as my collectors to have a source of reference. Not all of my dolls are here and some were created so long ago that the photography and descriptions are less than adequate for today’s internet.

This new, combined site serves as a reference for myself as well. It is healthy to remember how one began and how one has evolved.

From there you can journey through my little world of romance and fantasy and my wish for you, dear friends, is a pleasant moment or two away from the cares and pressures of your day.

Announcement

Last updated on Apr 3, 2020

I will be presenting some of my new 1:12 scale miniature dolls (Ladies On Horseback) in the near future. I am re-inventing them to encompass all I have learned over the years and to more closely follow the esthetic of my other dolls. I created my first 1:12 Scale Miniature Doll in 1978.

During the 1990's I experimented with porcelain fashion dolls.

I have re-designed my website to include most of my work from 2000 with the 12” & 16” Fashion Doll Costumed Re-Paints, through to 2009 and my own 21” solid resin BJD “Kindred Spirits”.

Over the years, thousands of images of my work have been added to various websites, and while I am incredibly flattered, it can be very confusing. I receive so many emails requesting information that I felt it might help those new to my work as well as my collectors to have a source of reference. Not all of my dolls are here and some were created so long ago that the photography and descriptions are less than adequate for today’s internet.

This new, combined site serves as a reference for myself as well. It is healthy to remember how one began and how one has evolved.

From there you can journey through my little world of romance and fantasy and my wish for you, dear friends, is a pleasant moment or two away from the cares and pressures of your day.

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Cheryl Crawford

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Cheryl Crawford

About CrawfordManorDolls

Sales 9
On Etsy since 2012

I learned everything I really needed to know from my mother.

My doll story begins late in life.

I was born in Colorado Springs and through high school we lived up in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains at the base of Pikes Peak. At that time we had bear and cougar. Eagles would sometimes drop snakes into one of the courtyards or into the stable yard. My younger sister and I had horses, dogs, cats, birds and just about any creature we could talk our way into having. I had a few dolls as a little girl but remember preferring stuffed animals, when I wasn’t climbing trees or building forts.

My very creative mother introduced me to many art forms and also taught me to sew. My earliest memories include an interest in costuming. My childhood Barbie® collection is in excellent condition because I spent more time designing the clothing and habitat than actually playing with the dolls. As a child and young teenager, I was very interested in oil painting and pen and ink sketches but mostly landscapes and still life studies. Throughout high school and college I was very active in drama and the arts. Little theater in college furthered my love of costume and set design. I now realize my interest in properly scaled miniatures, period fashions and accessories is a natural outgrowth of all these interests.

My first experience with doll faces was years later when I designed my miniature doll house scale dolls. I lived in a very , very small town out in the middle of the New Mexico desert and literally had to teach myself how to sculpt and paint and build scale body armatures. I learned to paint very tiny features. Then I became interested in porcelain fashion dolls in the early 1990's and I learned to paint with oils and china paints.

At that time I was an at home Mom, though I always had more projects than I could ever hope to finish. Between my family, the animals and my own interests I was always busy. I look back now and wonder how in the world I did it all! My son was two when I began creating miniatures and he was in high school when I began porcelain dolls. I must admit to a woeful lack of knowledge concerning collectible dolls. Not having a daughter, I didn’t even have that excuse to play with dolls. After all these years I now create them.

Crawford Manor came into being when I discovered the phenomenon known as Fashion Doll Remakes in mid 2000. A friend and I were browsing through an antique mall, when I discovered a fashion doll tumbled with others in a box. I couldn't resist. I restored her and fixed her hair and created "Golden Earrings", a dancing Gypsy. I had designed and created my own line of 1:12 scale miniature dolls for about 12 years and after a long hiatus, suddenly I felt a renewed interest in costuming dolls. A friend told me about eBay and I started poking about. I was astounded to discover the OOAK dolls. I had no idea anyone actually collected these makeovers. In fact, until shortly before I offered my first doll on eBay I didn't have any experience with some of the techniques used for fashion doll makeovers. I didn't even know it was possible to remove the original paint and repaint or boil perm hair. Like many new artists, I read some of the web pages created by others and experimented a lot. Now, anyone trying to learn can find helpful books, Internet groups and much more information on the web.

In 2009 I decided to design and create my own resin BJD.

I find inspiration almost anywhere. Literature, art, film, old legends and fairy tales, music. Often a collector will ask for a certain doll from a favorite story or portrait. I really enjoy historical themes and became known early on for them but once I created my first fairy and her sad tale I was hooked. My fairies are often costumed in period styles. I am also drawn to romantic, somewhat mysterious and even melancholy themes. My favorite parts of the process are the costumes and accessories. I enjoy sculpting companion birds or animals and I really enjoy the challenge of creating an unusual accessory. I have always loved theater, especially set design and costuming, anything behind the scenes. And I am a miniaturist. I did 6-8 shows/workshops a year for about 12 years. I still enjoy them for my own amusement.

I do not collect dolls. I know this seems odd, and though I do have many rabbits in the kitchen, they simply seem to have multiplied, as rabbits often do. I have no recollection of consciously collecting them. But, seriously, I do not collect dolls. The fact that I have only two or three of the hundreds of dolls I have created is truly horrifying to other artists. It appears I simply enjoy the creative process and am eager to move on to the next idea.

My "Kindred Spirits" journeyed from the kitchen table in Arizona, to China and back, to the very wise decision to remain a "Made in America" Company in Northern California with a design studio, fabric studio & resin lab where my dreams & designs came to life.

Now I live in Colorado in the middle of the Black Forest. And I have rediscovered some old favorites - 1"12 scale miniature dolls, particularly the Lady Riders and their perfect Horses. Though seriously scaled down I still love working with the textiles and creating the accessories. Everything from choosing the fabrics and trims, sculpting, molding, casting, painting, accessories, photography & the web site.

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  • Cheryl Crawford

    Owner, Designer

    I live in Colorado in the middle of Black Forest. I love working with the textiles and creating the accessories. Everything from choosing the fabrics and trims, sculpting, molding, casting, painting, accessories, photography & the web site.

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Last updated on April 5, 2020
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