Let’s get one thing straight. I am not a doll collector. I only have one cat and I don’t collect music boxes. I even would go so far as to say I am not even a doll lover. But then <coughs>, come to think of it, I DO have three sort-of-dolls by Junker Jane. I could get away with calling them soft sculptures though. I like to think of them as office decorations that show how Really Cool I am. Anyone who knows me just snorted their coffee all over their keyboard.
I do however, quite like these fascinating dolls. I think would have one in a heartbeat but I know if I did I wouldn’t dust it enough (at all), or store it properly, and it would not have the dolly home it deserves. Of course I couldn’t choose just one anyway, so therein lies another problem.
Christine Alvarado is the creative spark behind Du Duh Du Designs (pronounced Doo buh Doo). Based in Oregon USA she is an artist who specialises in making simple clay dolls. But I think it would be fair to say after just one look that these dolls are anything but simple.
The artistry of the painted faces and the attention to detail in the costumes alone is noteworthy. The hair is a-m-a-z-i-n-g.
Christine sells her dolls through her Etsy shop. I cannot even tell you how much they are as I missed the last listing and they have sold out already. The dolls are several hundred dollars if my memory serves me right and are proper collector’s items. Also on offer though are a variety of prints of past dolls that are more within reach at US$22 ea.
If you do want to get yourself a doll, you really need to keep an eye on her blog and sign up for the newsletter. Good luck!
PS If you are into Frida Kahlo you will want to have a look at Christine’s interpretations, you are in for a treat — they’re fantastic. The image below is available as a print from her Etsy shop for US$22.00