Author: Stephanie Finnegan

My First Blog

I think I am going to start this Visiting Dolly Artist blog, by giving people a blow by blow of my day! I got up at 5 a.m., and fed my 17 animals, soon to 18, as we are taking in a little female cat that twitches. Now for those of you who know me, I have only broken and mostly really elderly animals. So of course why wouldn’t we take the twitcher. Then at 6 a.m., I gave all the medication for the morning. This morning I was already working at 6:30 answering e-mails. Of course our brand-new e-commerce site has some glitches, and I had to e-mail poor Charlene our webmaster on her vacation. At 8 a.m. I ate my breakfast, and Annette left for her “real” job … the one that pays the mortgage. Then I started to get all the shipping together, but of course the dogs needed out. Then I had to call Mom as I do it everyday, and then a storm started to roll in. I had to clean up the backyard and secure everything, as it might be a tornado. By the time I finished all of that, Oscar my Fed Ex guy was at the gate, and only two boxes had the labels on them. Don’t worry Oscar is coming back. In between this, the dogs needed out again, and...

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Cosmo Girl

The Internet is often dubbed “the information superhighway,” but this fall, it will also be known as the “international super-runway.” In autumn 2009 Hasbro is debuting a new line of fashion dolls and oh-so-fashionable clothing called the Lorifina Collection. “The Lorifina Collection provides a unique and exciting opportunity for tween girls to express their personal styling by creating a custom doll and then dressing her in clothing inspired by the most fashionable cities in the world,” states Kim Losey, senior brand manager, global marketing and development, for Hasbro. The well-garbed capitals that the “Lorifina” dolls will be circling are...

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The ABCs of Doll Artistry

When doll visionary Paulette Goodreau is asked about her early, formative years, she answers with her characteristic great humor and insight. “I grew up in East Grand Rapids, Mich., a very small suburb of Grand Rapids. It was like growing up in a movie—not so much like Leave It to Beaver but more Desperate Housewives! I loved it and still go home to visit.” Born in July 1961, Goodreau and her family were “unconventional” by the times and the standards of her neighborhood. “My mother was a single mom, and our family was loud, funny and embarrassing!” she jokes....

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Love Me Tender

“The Only One for Me Is You and You for Me” Romance, designed by artist Karen Scott for the Marie Osmond Doll Collection, captures hearts in a sheer, embroidered organza dress and long, dark, curly hair. The 17-inch doll is part of an edition of 1,200 and is priced at $129.95. She is made of porcelain and has a cloth body. Click here to see an array of delightful love-me-tender-themed...

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Alive and Kicking

When South Carolina artist Michelle Fagan is asked, “What would you be doing if you weren’t creating unbelievable baby dolls?” she immediately answers, “I’d love to be a photographer.” Though that secret yearning is undoubtedly true, she could have just as easily answered, “A juggler. A world-famous, ovation-grabbing juggler.” Fagan, a 41-year-old supermom of two, is a master at balancing artistic pursuits, home chores, professional obligations and a hectic, energetic life. She has mastered the art of mixing the mundane with the marvelous. Working out of her home in Landrum, S.C., Fagan “births” babies that are amazingly realistic and...

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Universal Illusion

There’s been much talk recently of global responsibility and citizenship. The popular mantra, “think globally, act locally,” has permeated political, environmental and artistic movements from all corners of the world. Talented men and women in the doll art movement dig deeply into themselves and unleash works of staggering beauty and brilliant imagination. Whether the artist resides in the steamy environs of Brazil or the cold clime of New Hampshire, they share the common bond of fantasizing and making their dreams come true. From “Walter Mitty” to “Sleeping Beauty,” the allure of dreams is powerful and potent. The following international...

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