DC_Artdoll Creates Black Art Dolls

With the name DC_Artdoll, most people assume I only create dolls. Actually, my name is YvetteMecca and I am a Mixed Media artist with a passion to bring life to black art dolls. Being able to integrate all of my artistic skills, who could ask for anything more? I am able to add my signature…

A Conversation with Doll Designer, Tracy Perry

Name:  Tracy Perry  |Business Name:  Terran Dollmaker | Location:  Richmond, Virginia So nice to meet you. I’ve been following you on Instagram and your dolls are not only fun but as a graphic designer and dollmaker myself, your dolls put me in the mind of what interior designers would use to showcase homes. You have…

Meet the Designer of Fela and Friends

Femi, where are you located? We are based in London, England- UK How long have you been creating dolls and what was the initial inspiration? What is your background? I have been making dolls since July 2015. I started making dolls after I had my daughter (Fela) and I wanted to get her a doll….

The William Grant Still Arts Center Doll Show

Extracted from The William Still Arts Center website 37th Annual Black Doll Show: Jubilee, Celebrations in Color December 9, 2017-February 17, 2018   The following video is dated from a previous show at The Center. For its 37th Annual Black Doll Show the William Grant Still Arts Center will be focusing on gatherings, coming together…

Black Dolls: In Our Own Image

  The image of blackness has evolved from the first dolls representative of African people. While dolls do not define blackness, we can ascertain position and image, while connecting them with particular periods in history. The slapstick representations of Black Americana is indicative of why it becomes relevant for African Americans to accurately portray and…

Handmade Black Dolls: The Mingei Collection

The dolls exhibited in the Mingei Collection allows a glimpse into history. Yes, it is important for African Americans to be informed but this collection also puts American history on display. When we begin to examine how black and white lives intertwined, there are still questions and speculations about those relationships. These representations of what…

Staging the Doll to Illustrate a Story

Dolls represent cultures all over the world. They vary in artistic form and are more than for use in child play.  They tell us something about cultural practices. For instance, for some Native American tribes, dolls are believed to have their own spirit. And like Pamm Hubbard stated in her grandmother’s experience with dolls, they…

HOW MY LOVE AFFAIR W/ BLACK CLOTH DOLLS BEGAN!!!

“Miss Priss” MY GRANDMAMA’S BEST FRIEND Many, many years ago, when I was a little girl, my grandmama kept two beautiful dolls on her bed. Dolls that I was allowed to admire only from afar. One doll was white. She had curly blond ringlets that tumbles from under a fine bonnet.    She wore an elegant dress…

Identity through Child’s Play

Through interactive play, a child acts out his/her interpretation of the world; how relationships work; therefore, developing different ways of communicating by acting out specific roles. We begin to gain perspective of how they see their selves  fitting within society and their particular assignments.  The following  excerpt demonstrates such: In about 1855, three decades before…

Why I Create Black Dolls: Part I

Like writers, artists have to find their voice. It essentially becomes our brand in which audiences identify. As a mixed media painter, I accomplished that. After exploring every media, I found none were better or worse than the other, as long as what I was using told the story best. And the way I translated…