Jada Loves Dolls

Name: Jada Loves Dolls

Made by and When: Helen Kish, 2013, made in a limited edition of 15 dolls

Material: Vinyl (Jada) with jointed elbows and knees as extra points of articulation; and resin (the baby, Nile)

Marks: ©2006 Kish & Company (on head); hand signed on lower back: Jada Loves Dolls 1/15 Helen Kish

Height: 7-1/2 and 3 inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black mohair wig with pink ribbon headband/painted brown eyes/closed mouth (the baby Jada holds, Nile, has painted brown hair, closed eyes, a and closed mouth.

Clothes/Accessories: This doll wears a white shantung silk dress with cap sleeves and green embroidered stitching with pink flowers that extend from the sides of the bodice to the skirt of the dress, white panties, white knee-length pantaloons, white lace ankle socks, pink faux leather Mary Jane shoes. Jada also wears a pendant necklace with a headshot image of Ruth Manning. Nile, the baby doll, is dressed in a sewn-on white felt onesie that is trimmed with pink embroidery stitches with a pink floral design on the front left. Accessories include a basket of white roses and a stem of white roses.

Other: Jada Loves Dolls was the 2013 club doll for the WeLoveBlackDolls Yahoo! Group, made in tribute to one of the group members, Ruth Manning, who passed away in February 2012. Helen Kish was one of Ruth’s favorite doll artists and Helen knew her. The group commissioned Kish to create this tribute doll which included the mini baby doll, Nile. Helen went above and beyond what was expected. She added the photograph pendant of Ruth that Jada wears and hand-signed and numbered each Jada. The included description card contains a photo of Ruth and reads:

Jada Loves Dolls
A limited edition Kish & Company doll
Made for the
We Love Black Dolls Club
In honor of our dear friend
Ruth Manning

‘Jada Loves Dolls’ has been hand painted by Helen Kish and Nile’s little suit is also made by hand and is not removable.

edition 1/15
handpainted by helen kish

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