OOAK Painted Cloth Doll

Name:  OOAK Painted Cloth Doll

Made by and When:  Cindi Ciampa, 2012

Material:  Painted cloth head, neck, shoulders, arms below the elbows, and legs below the thighs; stuffed cloth body, upper arms, and upper legs; silk yarn

Marks: The upper back is hand-signed Cindi Ciampa 2012 / John 3:16 / [hand-drawn red heart]

Height: 17 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Black silk yarn hair, brown painted eyes, closed mouth

Clothes: White sheer cotton long-sleeve, ankle-length dress with a ruffled empire bodice and a pink fabric flower in the bodice center; white panties, white thigh-high stockings, black patent-leather Mary-Jane-style shoes.

Other: Made by Cindi Ciampa in 2012 using a Dolls by Pauline doll (according to a past eBay auction found on Worthpoint), the artist repainted the doll’s face, added a new tan cloth body, and possibly added the yarn wig to transform the original mass-produced doll into a one-of-a-kind.

Past issues of the now-defunct quarterly publication Soft Dolls and Animals included patterns and doll-making techniques by Cindi Ciampa. Whether the artist still makes dolls is uncertain. Limited information is available online. Only this doll’s past auction stored at Worthpoint and a White cloth Bye-Lo Baby resulted in a Google image search. In a 2010 blog post by MAIDA Today, the author wrote,

Cindi Ciampa has made Columbian inspired dolls from Susan Fosnot, Gail Wilson and Connie Tognoli patterns. She excels at executing someone else’s pattern as well as designing her own creation inspired by antique dolls. Cindi’s Izannah Walker inspired dolls and Cindi’s Columbian dolls have such a sweet yet impressive presence.

This beautiful doll was a gift to the museum by one of its former owners, Marjorie Loring Gauley.




Columbian Doll Patterns


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Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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