I consider sewing and costuming an art, and have been designing and making dolls, animals and costumes in miniature and full scale for most of my life. Textiles and the needle arts of all sorts inspire me and my work. Clothing of centuries past are my inspiration. Most of it tends to be labor-intensive, but I guess that makes it a labor of love.
My background includes college courses in design, draping and pattern drafting, fashion illustration, millinery courses, drawing and painting courses, working behind the scenes at fashion runway shows, and writing copy for fashion advertising. I have had businesses in millinery, quilt art and art dolls and have had a successful Etsy business for many years. At the moment I am concentrating on original teddy bears and other miniature animals as well as couture for dolls. Artist bears is my latest obsession.
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My handmade items are not intended for small children. Though they are quite sturdy and I take great care in constructing them, they are strictly ornamental and not meant for rough play, so please keep that in mind when purchasing. Thank you!