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Doll Artist Could Win $250,000 for ArtPrize Competition
Tuesday, 15 September 2009 17:35
michelle-obama-dollGrand Rapids is gearing up for ArtPrize, an unprecedented competition that will award nearly one-half million dollars to prize winners, including $250,000 to the artist who receives the most public votes. ArtPrize, which will run from Sept. 23 through Oct. 10 in Grand Rapids, Mich., will have no formal jury, curator or judge. The public will decide who wins the prizes by voting, using mobile devices and the Web. More than 1,200 artists have entered the competition, including doll artist Nancy Tassin from Grand Haven, Mich., who will be showing her work at Fountain Street Church. 
In Memoriam: John McBride
Tuesday, 15 September 2009 16:55

Doll industry stalwart John McBride (1951-2009) has passed on from pancreatic cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks to honor McBride’s memory by donating to the Memorial Fund in his name at the Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Network.

Meet the Bloggers
Monday, 03 August 2009 15:02

DOLLS introduces seven new bloggers who post weekly here. From a doll artist, to doll journalists, a show promotor and collectors, they represent many voices in the doll industry. Read on to learn about their doll backgrounds.

In the Spotlight ... Paulette Goodreau

paulette-goodreauPaulette Goodreau is the designer for Goodreau Doll LLC: a company owned and operated by the Goodreau family. She has been sculpting and designing dolls and their costumes for the last four years. She has BFA in art, drawing and painting, from Long Beach State in California. She is also an author and Illustrator.

Poppy Parker: New from Integrity Toys
poppyparkerThe setting is New York City in the early 1960s, and a whole new world has opened up to a bubbly Midwestern teenager fresh off the farm. Wide-eyed and dazzled by her new environ, Poppy Parker begins her life in the glamorous world of fashion as a newly discovered model. Under the sophisticated veneer, the svelte Poppy is at heart a naïve small-town darling navigating her way up Fifth Avenue and making a living smiling for the camera in the city that never sleeps.
Albert Marque Doll Sets New World Auction Record
Friday, 24 July 2009 15:16

World record Marque doll.The United Federation of Doll Clubs’ annual convention wasn’t the only doll event heating up Atlanta, Ga., on July 12, 2009. Not far from the UFDC 60th Annual Convention, Theriault’s held an auction that will go down in history: a 1914 French art doll by Albert Marque, circa 1914, realized the world record-setting amount of $263,000 (including buyers’ premium), breaking the previous record for a similar model sold in 2003 for $215,000.

Kutcher Urges Moore to Open Doll Museum
Wednesday, 08 July 2009 20:00

Throughout the years, many doll artists and collectors have wished and hoped that Demi Moore would share her extensive collection of one-of-a-kind, limited-edition and collectible dolls with the public. Now her husband, Ashton Kutcher, is joining the cacophony of voices, pleading with her to open a museum to house her collection.

Skinner to Auction Wright's Collection
Wednesday, 08 July 2009 19:52

The top lot in the Richard Wright collection, a large "Queen Anne" lady doll, is expected to go for between $50,000 and $70,000.On Monday, June 29, 2009, one of nation’s foremost auction houses, Skinner, announced that it will be auctioning the extensive doll collection of Richard Wright, who passed away unexpectedly on March 1, 2009, at age 62. An established collector, Wright was best known for his guest commentator appearances on Antiques Roadshow. Wright’s valuables and collectibles will be auctioned in two sessions.

Three Barbie Must-Reads
Monday, 08 June 2009 19:38

As you know, “Barbie: is celebrating her 50th birthday this year. Here is a reading list to commemorate her golden year:

barbie-and-ruthBarbie and Ruth: The Story of the World’s Most Famous Doll and the Woman Who Created Her By Robin Gerber ... During her life, Ruth Handler, co-creator of Barbie, experienced both great triumphs and setbacks. This book is a balanced portrayal of her life’s story.

American Girl Introduces Rebecca
Monday, 08 June 2009 19:08

rebecca-doll-and-bookA new member of the American Girl family debuted on May 31, 2009. She is 9-year-old “Rebecca Rubin” hailing from the Lower East Side of New York City, N.Y., circa 1914. Rebecca is the first historical Jewish American Girl and the second Jewish American Girl (the first was the 2001 Girl of the Year, Lindsey Bergman.) Rebecca and her family are recent immigrants from Russia, and they bring the turn-of-the-last-century immigrant experience to the children of today.

Wu Designs Official Life Ball Doll
Tuesday, 12 May 2009 18:44

lifeball1After spending the year dressing the world’s most beautiful women, Integrity Toys designer Jason Wu has now costumed a high fashion doll for charity. Following Vivienne Westwood, Christian LaCroix and Valentino before him, Wu has designed the 2009 Official Life Ball fashion doll to benefit the Life Ball organization.

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