Carolyn

Name: Carolyn Made by and When: Carolynne White, 1998 Material: Paper clay (head and shoulder plate), cloth body, arms, and legs with wired armature in the arms; pulpboard and wire for the doll stand Marks: Carolyn/©1994/1998/Caron Enterprises Height: 37 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Synthetic handmade wig has multiple braids/brown painted eyes/closed mouth Clothes/Accessories: Wears multicolored short-sleeve dressContinue reading “Carolyn”

Cernit Dolls by Sarah Niemela

Name: Dolls by Sarah Niemela (Aisha, a doll with a doll, and Tinashe*) Made by and When: Sarah Niemela, 2001 Material: Cernit (a modeling clay) Marks: Hand-signed by the artist with the year made on a signature strip attached to their waist in the back Height: 8 inches (unjointed) Hair, Eyes, Mouth: The artist usedContinue reading “Cernit Dolls by Sarah Niemela”

‘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”

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”

One-of-a-Kind Maya Angelou

Name: One-of-a-kind Maya Angelou Made by and When: Debbie Behan Garrett, 2014 (revised in 2015) Material: Vinyl with mask face made of T-shirt transfer molded over polymer clay Marks: ©BIG BEAUTIFUL/DOLLS INC. 2000 (on the head); BIG/BEAUTIFUL/DOLLS/INC./©2001 (on the back) Height: 12 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Black rooted hair pulled up in a curly ponytail/printed photo faceContinue reading “One-of-a-Kind Maya Angelou”

Hallelujah Sisters Esta, Vesta, and Rose

Name: Hallelujah Sisters Esta, Vesta, and Rose Made by and When: Wyatt Hicks, 2015 Material: Sculpey, cloth, and wire Height: 6 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: No hair/faceless Clothes: Yellow knit dresses and floppy hats Other: Posable praise dancers, inspired by an Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performance, completely hand made in a limited edition; clothing and hatContinue reading “Hallelujah Sisters Esta, Vesta, and Rose”

Black Artist Dolls Video Presentation

In July 2019, doll enthusiast, Deborah Butler Johnson, conducted a comprehensive live presentation on Black artist dolls at the 2019 United Federation of Doll Clubs Convention. The live presentation was recorded. It was so well received that the video was aired during the 2020 Virtual UFDC convention held in July 2020. Click or tap theContinue reading “Black Artist Dolls Video Presentation”

Mini Baby with Doll

Name: OOAK Polymer Clay Mini Baby with Doll Made by and When: Teresa Churcher, 2010 Material: Polymer clay head, arms, and legs; white cloth body; doll baby is made of polymer clay Marks: None Height: 7 inches and 3 inches Hair/Eyes: Glued-on synthetic black hair, black inset eyes; doll baby has molded-on polymer clay bonnet,Continue reading “Mini Baby with Doll”

Rashahn by Lorna Miller

Name: Rashahn Made by and When: Lorna Miller (Toridan), 1994 or 1996 Material: Resin head, arms, and legs; cloth body Marks: ©L/M (the L is above the M), Rashahn, Toridan; signed “Lorna Miller 9/21/94”; the 4 looks like a 6, year made might have been 1996. Height: 18 inches Hair/Eyes/Mouth: Hand-applied human hair, painted eyes,Continue reading “Rashahn by Lorna Miller”