|11-inch BJD by Bo Bergemann|
Purchased from the estate of Michelle Fontenot, this 11-inch, all-resin ball-jointed doll was created by Hawaiian artist and sculptor, Bo Bergemann. I was introduced to Bergemann's BJDs approximately four years ago through my late friend, Ruth Manning. Ruth met Bergemann during one of her many doll convention trips. After that convention, during a phone conversation with me, Ruth shared her experience of riding the shuttle van from the hotel to the airport with the free-spirited Bergemann. She described Bergemann as a delightful person and thereafter purchased one of her BJDs.
Several years before the above mentioned convention, Ruth and Michelle met in person at another doll convention. Both women were members of my WeLoveBlackDolls (WLBD) Yahoo! group (now closed).
In a WLBD group message to another member who needed cheering up about something, Michelle wrote:
Keep a positive spirit about you and you will keep, keeping on.
I miss you.
BJDs are generally priced outside my doll-buying comfort zone, but when I saw this spunky little girl with the multicolored dread locks being offered for sale, I asked the cost, which was affordable. Having been part of Michelle's collection, I am delighted to now have her in mine.
I have not yet discovered her artist-given name. Until then and perhaps even afterward, I will call her Michelle in honor of her previous owner, who is probably now still playing dolls with our shared doll-friend, Ruth Manning.
|Michelle has been welcomed by several other members of the doll family. I love her!|
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