Wednesday, February 1, 2012

OOAK Leather Dolls by Lorna Paris

For the past eight years (since 2004) my online doll group has either commissioned a doll artist to make our annual club doll or we have purchased and customized an identical artist or manufactured doll. Past manufacturers and artists of our club dolls have been My Twinn, Laura Tuzio Ross, Lorna Miller-Sands, Madame Alexander, Ping Lau, Diana E. Vining, and Berdine Creedy.  Diana made magnetic paper dolls for us.  All other dolls were three dimensional of vinyl or resin.

In 2011, we commissioned Lorna Paris to make our club doll. This was the first year our dolls were not identical. Lorna used various shades of brown leather to fashion our exquisite, approximately 12-inch, one-of-a-kind dolls.  Their facial features are hand painted .  The hand-applied hair varies in texture from straight to kinky-curly in various colors.   Lorna made their clothing, most of which is also leather, and in many cases she handcrafted their shoes.  Just like members of real families, the dolls, which could be sisters, possess unique personalities.

Each doll is hand-signed, numbered, and named by Lorna.  I created several collages to share collectively for the first time outside our group, these 17 beautiful chocolate leather gems.

View a slideshow of larger images here.

Aren't they "dollightful"?

To learn more about the artist, Lorna Paris, visit her on Facebook and "like" her page to receive updates. 


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limbe dolls said...

Those brown babies are truly exquisite! How wonderful that your club regularly supports doll artists.

Vanessa said...

They are beautiful! Thanks for sharing them with us. At first I thought they were from Lorna, the sculptor, whose last name I am drawing a blank on. Unique to have two AA well known doll artist by the name of Lorna.

Black Doll Enthusiast said...

Thanks, Limbe Dolls. We supported another AA artist this year. I will blog about that later.

Vanessa -- you may have confused Lorna Paris with Lorna Miller-Sands. We were blessed to have LMS make our 2006 club doll, which represents a young girl. LMS is better known for her lifelike OOAK babies.


Male Doll World said...

The dolls are beautiful. I was able to see some of Lorna Paris' dolls in person and they are gorgeous.

Georgia Girl said...

The dolls are gorgeous! That is great that she made them different. I was thinking initially Lorna Miller-Sands until I finished reading your post. Thanks for sharing.

Brini said...

You know whenever you showcase beautiful dolls it makes me want them. Especially these beauties, I love them all. Thank you and your club for supporting AA artist.

Shelley said...

These dolls are the most unique that I've ever seen...That just goes to show you how talented people can do wonders with simple leather...Wow!!!

Sandra L. Epps said...

I would LOVE to have add a couple of these brown beauties to the Doll Family! Phenomenal Work! Thanks for sharing!

RoxanneRoxanne said...

I love my Yanci!

Black Doll Enthusiast said...

I love my Aliah, too, Roxanne!