Johnna Art Dolls

Photograph courtesy of Anita M. Ormsby

Name: Group of Johnna Art Dolls, Kalamazoo

Made by and When: Barbara Thiery Buysse, various years

Group Description: The one-of-a-kind dolls in this delightful group of Johnna Art Dolls by Barbara Buysse were made from 1985 to 1992. They are cloth with very expressive oil-painted facial features. Some are happy while others are sad. The hairstyles vary from wool, mohair, or molded impasto. Dressed as shown, the clothes are made from natural fibers. Their sizes range from 5-1/2 to 23 inches. All are stamped and numbered; some are signed by the artist. Some of the dolls have their own wooden horses, dolls, or flowers.

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