Thursday, February 9, 2017

OOAK Clothespin Doll by Curiositeej

Clothespin doll by Tammy of Curiositeej Dolls & Collectibles

After seeing another collector's clothespin doll made by Tammy of Curiositeej Dolls & Collectibles, I expressed my desire for one.  She followed through and the doll arrived this week.

From her head-tie to her wooden base, the doll stands approximately 5-1/2-inches tall.  She is constructed from a wooden craft clothespin that has been painted with the addition of hand-painted face, well-endowed chest with cleavage, bottom curves, arms, hands, pierced ears with earrings, and human-hair wig.  The legs are positioned inside a round wooden base.

Clothing consists of a green dress with yellow tulle wrapped at the waist and neck with matching head-tie or gele.  She has on undies, too.  The arms are made of wire and are poseable.   Tammy signed the doll's back as well as the upper-outer portion of her left leg.

After the doll arrived, I sent Tammy the following Facebook message.  Her reply follows:

I love her, Tammy! Her little earrings are perfect as are her dress and matching head-tie. This color green is one of my favorite colors, too.... she is perfection! Thanks again!

I'm so happy you love her! She is the first doll I've made with pierced ears. She is also the first I made with a completely drawn face. And, she is the first dark doll I have made. Lots of firsts for her! I learned a lot in making her; but I LOVE her. I think she is MUCH more BEAUTIFUL in person than I was able to capture with my camera.

As Tammy indicated, although the photos she shared are beautiful, they do not capture the doll's true essence that is apparent when viewing with the naked eye.

She looks good with or without hair!

The hair is attached to her head-tie, which is removable, as illustrated in the above photo.  Tammy used my hair to make the wig.

This view from the back better illustrates the human-hair wig.

After she expressed her original desire to create a '70's inspired doll with Afro, sharing her concern over how she would do this, I offered to send some of my saved hair to her. Having my hair makes the doll even more special!

Joined by other clothespin dolls, my new doll seems to command all the attention.  The others are:  a  custom-made doll-collector clothespin doll by Clothesline Cuties, Jemimah Angel clothespin doll by LaVerne Hall, and a circa 1980s jointed clothespin doll with Afro found on eBay a couple of years ago.
I love the creativity involved in this doll's evolution from an unpainted clothespin to a three-dimensional, one-of-a-kind work of doll art.  She is unique in every way and certainly stands out among the crowd, as illustrated in the above group photo with other clothespin dolls.

Thank you again, Tammy!

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  1. She's cute. I've never seen a clothespin doll like her; with that much effort put into her face and clothes and hair.
    I can't figure out how she was made though. Is her face round or flat? Can she sit? Was she made from a couple of clothespins?

    1. Hi Maricha,

      The doll is made from one flat craft clothespin like the ones shown here with the addition of a removable round wooden base that has a center hole that holds the "legs" and serves as a stand. She not jointed and cannot sit.

      The face and hands, made of different materials, are flat. These were added to the clothespin. The wire arms were added as well.


    2. Thank-you
      Never saw these flat clothespins before. I made some clothespin furniture a couple of years ago and there were only two options: with a spring a
      or a round version of the one used for your doll.
      I hope these clothespin dolls and other items made from them are having a bit of a comeback. The books I used were from the 50s and 60s.

  2. Very creative! She looks great with and without hair!

  3. What a cool doll! It does make me look at cloth pins different now. I always learn about a new doll artist when I stop and it just wonderful to know that there are so many creative spirits out there!

    1. Cool is a great way to describe her, Brini.

      Uniquely cool.


  4. I love when you upload photos of your doll shelves and spaces...I can spend ages going over all the different dolls you have. It's also fun to pick out the ones you've written about! Nice addition to the family, I actually really like her without the wig too, very Tamara Dobson in Cleopatra Jones! :D

    1. Yes, I can see Tamara Dobson's Cleopatra Jones character in her without the wig on as well, Julius. Thank you for helping me name her. Until now, I had not decided on a name. She is Cleopatra Jones or Cleo for short.

      I really should have adjusted some of the dolls on that shelf prior to taking the photo or at least opened Coral and Leopard Cissette's eyes, which were closed due to the position in which her head was held. Taking and sharing the photo after the clothespin doll found her way to the shelf was totally a spur of the moment gesture. I had actually completed the post and was about to schedule it for publishing right before I removed the doll from my desk to the shelf when I decided to take the photo. Glad you enjoyed it. (I have since opened Coral and Leopard Cissette's eyes) and made a few adjustments to a couple of others. :-) I am sure they are grateful I took the photo for that reason alone.


    2. Wow! That's really lovely, I'm pretty proud to think I had a small hand in naming one of your dolls! That's awesome! Well Cleo, welcome! :) Shelf maintainence is a job in itself!

    3. Sometimes it's difficult for me to come up with names for my dolls. I do not name all, but wanted this one to be named. When you mentioned Tamara Dobson's role as Cleopatra Jones, Cleo was a perfect fit and has been recorded on my Excel spreadsheet as such.



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