Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I Knew I Knew Vanessa!

After meeting her through her blog for what I thought was the first time in 2010, I became fascinated by the clever manner Vanessa Morrison weaves fashion dolls into stories using realistic dioramas, most of which include furniture and accessories she makes.  After several months as an avid reader of her blog, I was so enthralled that I wanted to share her with the collecting community through a published article.  We accomplished that goal in the Autumn 2012 Americana issue of Fashion Doll Quarterly (FDQ).

  Cedric is a porcelain doll made by Vanessa Morrison.  After seeing this photo again in 2011, I knew I had seen Cedric years before.

The hint that I had met her previously came from photos Vanessa shared in 2011 for the FDQ article of porcelain dolls she made in the past.  I had seen some of the dolls before, but I couldn't quite recall where. 

I was able to put 2 and 2 together this morning after archiving a 2005 issue of The Black Doll-E-Zine onto its Facebook archive page.  As co-editor and eventually sole editor of the first e-zine devoted to collecting Black dolls, I solicited profiles from doll collectors as well as doll artists for each BDE issue.  In Vol. 4, Issue 1 of 2005, Vanessa (now of Fashion Dolls at Van's Doll Treasures) shared her artist profile.

While we connected only briefly in 2005 for that issue of BDE, and it took five years for us to reconnect in 2010, I believe our connection will be long-lasting.

Vanessa... girl... I knew I knew you! 

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