Author: Carie Ferg

What Is the Fate of Doll and Toy Publications?

Few people would argue that the doll industry is a shadow of its former self—that its heyday of the ’80s and ’90s is long past. As a relative newcomer to the doll industry, I wasn’t around in those days. But have I heard stories. So many long-time doll industry people remember packed-out shows with collectors rushing to get through the doors to buy up dolls. And they remember doll magazines being as thick as Cosmopolitan, and the high demand for collectible dolls driving up doll prices. But the industry has changed since then. Dolls have ceased to be viewed...

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Leading Men: Sign Me Up for a Collection!

Since working with DOLLS magazine, I’ve noticed a characteristic that many collectors have. When a particular doll or doll theme captures a collector’s attention, a “true” collector wants every possible incarnation of that doll or dolls related to a particular theme. I like dolls. I like them a lot. In fact, I have a fledgling collection. But my collection consists of one doll from here, and one from there. I like all kinds of dolls and so want a taste of everything. I admire the dedication, obsession and passion of single-mindedly pursuing one doll or dolls related to a...

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Dolls ARE Art!

Dolls are seldom seen as art by the general public and the larger art community. It’s an interesting phenomenon to me. Well-executed dolls require mastery of far more artistic skills than required of, say, a painter—designing, painting, sculpting, wig-making, costuming and engineering, numbering among them. Yet, dolls are often viewed as eccentric, inferior and sentimental, and relegated to some non-lofty, non-art category. But clearly anyone who doesn’t view dolls as art hasn’t seen an Iacono, Ortiz, Johnston, Dennis, Günzel , Daanen or Dye, for instance (just to name a few!)—all inarguably top-of-the-line artists who create masterpieces. And manufacturers like...

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DOLLS Sponsors Colliii Awards

DOLLS magazine is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the 2010 Colliii Awards. “The Colliii Awards is an international competition whose aim is to bring the doll world closer together and promote doll art from around the world,” says James Carlsson, director of international relations for www.colliii.com.“Some countries are newer to dollmaking than others, but this doesn’t mean that their artists are less talented. Through the Colliii Awards, dollmakers and artists have the chance to promote themselves on a worldwide level.” Slated to begin in early July, everyone who votes earns a chance at winning the prizes donated by sponsors....

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That Thing that Moves Me Most

I’ve always been moved by art. It’s the one thing that’s remained constant in my life. No matter what age I am, no matter what life circumstances I’m in, no matter where I am—art compels me. When I experience good art, I get this deep-in-my-soul kind of feeling that touches me to the core. Everything else stops existing except that moment of interaction and absorption with the piece, or the song or whatever way it manifests. And in the process, it changes me somehow, further pushing me along the pathway of self-discovery. When I first accepted the job with...

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I Have an Alice Confession to Make

I have a confession to make. I have never read or watched Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I’m not quite sure how it happened. It just did. And I became hyper aware of this fact as I was thrust into the Alice craze happening in the doll world and beyond, largely in part to the Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland that just opened Friday. The last few weeks I’ve been immersed in Alice culture: editing the story by Stephanie Finnegan that just published in the May issue of DOLLS; editing the story for June/July DOLLS that explores the production of Kerli’s music video for her song “Tea Party,” which is on the soundtrack for the Burton film and in which some of Goodreau Doll designer Paulette Goodreau’s dolls make an appearance. The video goes public this week, and I’ll post it as soon as it’s available. And now I’m obsessing over the Shinedown (one of my favorite groups) song, “Her Name Is Alice,” which is also on the Alice soundtrack for the Burton film. Despite all this, no, I still have not seen the film, but that’s going to end this Thursday night when I watch the Burton version in 3D on an UltraScreen. I’m excited and pretty OK with the fact that my first Alice movie experience is going to happen in such a big way. The lesson I’m...

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