The Maker Series: Fable Dolls
I instantly fell in love with these beautiful dolls when I first spotted them. They are truly magical and when you read Angela’s story about how she first started making dolls, you’ll understand where that magic comes from. Each doll has a name and a personality to boot. They are lovingly made and sent off all over the world to little souls who will love them forever. Angela’s inspiration comes from her own childhood and the love that she felt for her first doll. I won’t give too much away though, you can read about her passion in Angela’s own words.
1. Tell us a little bit about you, your family and where you live?
I’m an interior designer who is now a full-time freelancer, homeschooler, and doll-maker. I live with my husband, Mike, and three daughters in West Chicago, IL, a little suburb near Chicago.
2. Tell us more about the creation of your business?
My business was born out of my desire to make lovely dolls for my own daughters. When I was around 4 or 5, I received my first rag doll from my aunt, who was an amazing seamstress and quilter. She had made her from scraps from her sewing basket and I loved that doll so much. I slept with it, I took it everywhere with me, it was truly a cherished friend. I learned how to hand-sew little outfits and made everything from ball gowns to parachutes for her. I even took her off to college with me! I wanted my girls to have the same comfort and opportunities for imaginative play that I got from my first rag doll, so I started making them dolls. One day about a year ago, my husband just remarked that I ought to sell them. I started playing around with different designs and posting my experiments on Instagram. The dolls changed and developed over time as I improved my skills as a doll-maker and miniature-scale seamstress. I love the current design of the dolls, so now I just keep trying to learn how to get better at my craft.
3. What inspired you to focus on handmade and heirloom dolls?
To me, nothing is quite as lovely as something made by hand. I connect deeply with an object when I know a little something about its creator. I decided to just focus on honing the craft of doll-making because there is beauty in both the process and the product. My goal is not perfection. In fact, in my opinion, a rag doll shouldn’t be perfect. There’s something beautifully human in the uneven stitches, crooked seams, and one-of-a-kind faces. As an interior designer, you design with an eye towards ongoing beauty and functionality. You design for the future. The same is true with an heirloom toy. It must be beautiful and timeless. Something that will appeal to a child on an intuitive level and bring out play that feels natural and doesn’t have to be taught. A doll fits that bill to a tee. I hope my dolls can inspire nurturing and comfort in children for years to come.
4. Where do you get your inspiration from, during the design process?
Inspiration can strike at any time! It could come from something about nature – birds, woods, the sun, sand – any of these things can inspire me. I like simplicity and serenity in design, so I find I get good inspiration when I’m somewhere quiet and contemplative like an art museum, or on an early morning walk. I carry a little notebook with me in my bag to scribble down an idea wherever I happen to be.
5. What is your favourite doll to make and why?
I loved making Delphine, Lucia, and Paloma because they were inspired by my daughters Najah, Chloe, and Maeve. Each of those dolls has a little bit of my daughter’s personality.
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