Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Making of Club Doll Sisters by Kor January

In April 2015 my online doll group commissioned doll artist, Kor January, to make our 2015 group doll. Normally, our dolls are identical, but because Kor is a master wood carver who hand carves all his pieces, our dolls are one-of-a-kind with similar faces, dressed identically by the artist.

We were given several head style choices from which to choose, as shown in the first image.  As a group we decided on the shape we wanted for the dolls' face, eyebrows, eyes, nose, and mouth as well as the wood color for the complexion, hair and shoe style.  A survey was created based on the provided choices with the final results of the survey shown next:




Kor began working on our dolls shortly after the above-described features were selected.  During the doll-making process, he kept us updated by sharing photos of the completed steps.  Some of his photos are shown below.


From mahogany wood, he carved the faces and heads.

The heads and cute faces

Face and bodies painted and attached to poplar wood necks, hair of head carved and painted; arms and thighs added

Lower hinged legs added, socks and shoes carved and painted

Another photo of the previous completed process

Side ponytails of three twisted braids added and dresses made but not sewn on yet

The approximately 8-inch girls with hinged arms, hips, and knees are seated on chairs and wooden stoops. After seeing this photo, a couple of group members wanted to know the cost of the chairs and stoops.

With the costs for the chairs and stoops shared, a few of us had Kor make hand-carved stoops, which were offered in two sizes, shown here.
 One of the member's dolls is shown seated on one of the taller carved stoops.
Before the end of December 2015, all members who purchased a club doll had received their dolls and stoops.  In honor of Kor, many members named their dolls using a portion of his name, such as Kora and Korynne.

I named my doll, Kizzy, first shown here modeling a dress my friend made for her for Christmas. Kizzy will formally introduce herself in my next post.


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9 comments:

  1. Wow! Those dolls are priceless! They are beautifully made and beautiful. I love every details. I am looking forward to reading Kizzy's formal introduction.
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    1. I agree. These little ones are priceless! Thanks for taking the time to read about how their vision became our reality.

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  2. Wow! What a great thing for a club to do. The dolls and craftsmanship are lovely.

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    1. Yes. We've done this since 2004, skipping one year only when the group went on hiatus for six months in 2014.

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  3. Here is a photo of the full vinyl Sharif doll:http://thammieetcompagnie.blogspot.com/2016/01/full-vinyl-sharif-doll.html

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    1. She certainly is full vinyl with jointed arms and knees! You are one lucky woman. I wish my doll had that body. Thank you for sharing the link.

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  4. Amazing! Loved seeing the process.

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  5. Thanks, Muff! I enjoyed going back down memory lane with these photos the artist shared over a several-month period to compile the story of the dolls' creation.

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  6. Amazing! He did a phenomenal job. She is definitely priceless.

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