Nicole Johnson of Mealy Monster Land is sure that her love of horror movies plays a part in her work. She studied at various places in New York state, including Buffalo State College’s fine arts program, where she worked in all mediums, with a focus on printmaking. Her work has been published in Artful Blogging, Art Doll Quarterly, Celebrate 365, and Doll Collector. She has shown in various exhibitions throughout the US.
Nicole lives in Western New York with her husband, three children, cat, and dog.
This is Ruby Flamingo. She is one of 5 mask faced dolls that artist Cindy Sowers has done.
It is basically a white background with doodles of colorful flowers and butterflies. Cindy calls them Doodlebugs and they look so colorful and fun!
Cindy has been making things for people all her life. She's been making dolls since she was 11 years old, when she got my first sewing machine and her first handmade doll was a Holly Hobbie doll.
Cindy's background includes college courses in design, draping and pattern drafting, millinery courses, drawing and painting courses, working behind the scenes at fashion runway shows, and writing copy for fashion advertising.
This doll is for sale on Etsy and while there check out all her other items. She does wonderful work and is very reasonable in her pricing.
Our interview today is with a sculptor...
Her given name at birth ...Kimberlyn Owens
She was raised in northern California.
It was there she developed her love for
art and literature.
Never formally trained as an "artist" or "writer" she
has managed to create a love affair and a level
of success with both mediums.
And looking at Kim's creations...
she has just began to bloom with creativity , and
we can't wait to see what else her whimsical
mind comes up with next.
As you can see here they are a joy to behold...
She owns and manages Folk Art From The Heart
where she has sold numerous works of art.
Her unique sculptures appear in galleries
and in various publications across the country.
As an artist she co-leads the
American Holiday Artists Studios and
AHA or American Holiday Artists is a group of juried
artists who create one-of-a-kind holiday art for
the discerning Holiday art collector.
She is also a contributing artist at
Pfatt or Primitive Folk Art Trinkets
And also showcases her art pieces on
Merry Whatever Blog
for whom this interview is being done for this month.
In fact Kim is June's
also is a writer she has written poetry and is currently working on
her second novel.
Kimberlyn resides in Vallejo, California with her husband.
She has three grown children and three grandchildren.
Kim's Philosophy -
I just want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.
I want to do it all on my own.
Then I will have nobody to blame.
I make my own clay.
That way it's always available.
I come up with my own ideas.
So I will never be accused of stealing.
If it's important, I find the time.
If it isn't, I find an excuse.
Sometimes I can be sarcastic.
But I'm fair all of the time.
I am a self taught artist and sculptor.
But I was a self taught wife and mother too.
I can't sing, but I do it anyway.
I love what I do and I do what I love and
I do it to the best of my ability.
And I will keep doing it until I can't do it anymore.
Jillian Crider grew up in the beach-side suburb of Grange, in Adelaide, South Australia as "Jill Capon" - part of the Capon and Lill families. Her birth family is from the rural mid-north (Riverton, Saddleworth) of South Australia - Hannaford and Noble - she was adopted at birth and has lived in Australia, England, Germany, and the USA. She currently lives in southern Oregon, USA.
Jillian was born with a talent for drawing, and even though excelling at High School Art (lettering, design and history of art) with an "A" at age 15, she is self- taught, as she was not able to pursue formal study further. This doesn't stop her from pursuing her art and teaching occasionally, which she enjoys.
Employed through life in various fields other than art, she calls herself 'A Jill of All Trades'. This follows through to her art. One of her solo exhibitions was presented as 'A Jill of All Shades'. For a while she was self-employed doing house portraiture in pen and ink - producing over 9,000 portraits!
She works in multiple mediums and sizes, even including some very tiny miniatures. Her work is collected world-wide. Jillian has won awards in notable exhibitions, and been juried into numerous art shows.
During her life she has picked up some unusual areas to apply her art - rubber stamp design, set design, jewelry design, instant lottery ticket design, murals, billboards, photography, movie theatre advertising, graphic design, pop-corn cans, book covers, magazine illustration and even a cow pat pad.
She started painting 'seriously' with a few works in 1998. A friend wanted to see some of her artwork and she had none to show. She set about 'proving herself as an artist'. Her second pastel won an award and she has gone on from there with more art, more awards and exhibitons. She had her own gallery/studio for 2 years at West Beach, South Australia. Jillian was Outside Exhibitions Art Director of the Atlanta Artists Center for several years and on their Board of Directors.
Currently she is devoting as much time to her art as she can, and sells much of it online. She also likes promoting art and other artists. She has a deep attachment to miniature art, ACEOs (Art Cards, Editions and Originals - 2.5x3.5") and SFA (Small Format Art), even though she paints in large sizes as well. She is head of several art groups online. She loves pretty, unusual and cute things. Jillian says “I am an artist, photographer and crafter. I have traveled extensively. My art is who I am, not what I am.”
Her website JillianCrider.com has been online since 1st June 2001.
To see more of Jillian visit her website and links Etsy and Etsy
The art moth doll- is about 29" tall. She is free standing in a wooden base. To see additional photos of her please visit her FLICKER Available to purchase on Etsy
Bonnie Jones One of A Kind (OOAK) Figurative Sculptures
This tiny 7" Figure is sculpted from paper clay over a strong wire armature. She is dressed in hand dyed silk and antique lace; her headdress is an antique silver piece. The wings are mixed media and her base is paper clay decorated with silver leaf. She is OOAK never to be created again. Available to purchase on Etsy
Laurence of Feltoohlala Needle felted dolls with love
DREAM is an art doll, needle felted over an armature which allows different poses, one of a kind and my own design ,and won't be reproduced. She stands at 16 inches, 40cm on a wooden square base of 7x7 inches (18 cm). Her dogs are about 8 inches tall top of the head...one black the other white. Their eyes are resin and paper clay and made by me. Layaway and international shipping. Available to purchase on Etsy
Marinart By Marina
This decorative doll is 13 inches tall, jointed legs, shelf sitter. Her arms can take any pose. Sculpted out of Paperclay and painted with acrylic paints. She is a ooak. Her dress is not removable and her hair is soft tibetan mohair permanently attached to her head. Freshwater pearls adorn her hair and glass beads are her knees. Her legs are dangling. She can stand only with an appropriate doll stand. I will make one for her for free if you request it. "There will be only one of her" Available to purchase on Etsy
Abi Monroe OOAK Clay Art Dolls
A custom doll for you…The doll will be made from Paperclay and Puppen Fimo, painted with Golden acrylics, with a Gesso undercoat, and finished with Perfix Coloulress Fixative, for long lasting protection. The doll will be between 12-14" tall. The rest is up to you. Layaway is available. Available to purchase on Etsy
I have made this doll in a spirit of steampunk thinking of how simple and at the same time complicated we are. Sometimes we are happy, sometimes we are sad. One day we see just bright colors and the other it seems that the whole world is sinking in the darkness… Actually the world is always the same, and it has nothing to do with how we feel. We get confused, and we seek for the reasons, because we simply forget, that all we are just biological machines with thousands of chemical and physical processes in us. We can be affected by something, or we can break without any obvious reason – the most important is to understand that and to try to repair us as soon as possible. Available for purchase on Etsy
“Art and music are two great constructive forces that we must respect and cherish. They are a solace to men and women in the midst of a troubled world. In times of fear, ugliness and waste we turn to the artist.” – Elizabeth Holmes Fisher