Doll Diorama Tribute to Ruth Manning

Name: Doll Diorama Tribute to Ruth Manning Made by and When: Debbie Garrett, 2012 Description: This diorama (a model representing a scene with three-dimensional objects) was created in tribute to doll enthusiast, Ruth Manning, who lost her battle with cancer in 2012. The diorama is fashioned after a photo of Ruth that was taken inContinue reading “Doll Diorama Tribute to Ruth Manning”

Sho’ White Barbie

Photographs courtesy of Stephen Sumner Name: Sho’ White Barbie Made by and When: Mattel, designed by Stephen Sumner in 2007 Material: Vinyl Height: 11-1/2 inches Designer’s Description: Sho’ White is wearing a ruffled collared top with sheer puffed sleeves layered under a satin bustier.  Over this is worn a mesh floral tank top with goldContinue reading “Sho’ White Barbie”

‘Her Minajesty’ Nicki Minaj Barbie

Photographs courtesy of Stephen Sumner Name: ‘Her Minajesty,’ Nicki Minaj Barbie, a one-of-a-kind Made by and When: Mattel, designed by Stephen Sumner in 2011 Material: Vinyl Height: 11-1/2 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Pink straight hair with bangs/brown painted eyes/smiling mouth with painted teeth Designer’s Description: Created as a one-of-a-kind, the Nicki Minaj doll, ‘Her Minajesty,’ is wearingContinue reading “‘Her Minajesty’ Nicki Minaj Barbie”

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 areContinue reading “Johnna Art Dolls”

She Wears it Well

Name: She Wears It Well Made by and When: Frantz Brent-Harris of Sona Dolls, 2017 Material: Resin and silk with a steel base Height: 3 feet Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Natural texture fibers create an upward Afro/brown painted eyes with applied eyelashes/closed mouth with luscious red-painted lips Clothes: Elaborate headdress of a red slave ship with red chainsContinue reading “She Wears it Well”

Ella Fitzgerald

Name: Ella Fitzgerald  Made by and When: Floyd Bell, 1999 Material:  Carved from basswood and jetulong, cloth body, wire armature, wooden stand Height:  18 inches tall Hair/Eyes/Mouth:  Black hair carved from a block of jetulong wood/carved facial features with brown eyes, a smiling mouth and painted teeth Clothing:  White brocade suit with full-length skirt embellishedContinue reading “Ella Fitzgerald”

Roberta, a Soft-Sculpture Art Doll

Photographs courtesy of Cat Runnels Name: Roberta from The Big Girls Valentine’s Day Shelf Sitters Series Made by and When: Patricia Coleman-Cobb, 2012 Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black yarn locs/closed eyes/parted lips with teeth Material: Clay (face) fabric (body), and yarn (hair) Marks: Signed by the artist Height: 13 inches from head to hips with legs that hangContinue reading “Roberta, a Soft-Sculpture Art Doll”

Ruby Bridges

Photograph courtesy of Rachel McCullough Sherrod of Starkey’s Daughter Cloth Dolls Name: Ruby Bridges (a one-of-a-kind doll) Made by and When: Starkey’s Daughter Cloth Dolls, January 2020 Material: The face, arms and legs are made of a wool blend felt. The head and torso are a cotton blend. Marks: Signed and dated by the artist,Continue reading “Ruby Bridges”