Doll Show Artist Profiles
We are thrilled to have so many talented artists represented in this show. Here is an example of the work of each artist. Some artists have provided bios or artists statements, and some prefer to let their work speak for itself.
Born in Brockville, Ontario, Sharon began her life as the eldest child in a military family. Travelling the world only fuelled her already creative imagination. In 1981 she began to design dolls and with her love of costumes and authenticity she began to get recognition at local Crafts Shows and Exhibits. Today her art dolls are featured in magazines local and internationally, YouTube, newspapers, on radio and television. Studying under Canadian Sculptor, Jacqueline Kent, Sharon sculpts OOAK Faeries, Elves and other magical characters. Her repertoire also includes; sculpting in Fibre, Japanese paper, Powertex, wood and mixed media. Along with pioneering the St. Thomas Doll Club, she continues to sculpt and create in her St. Thomas, studio; Romantic Designs Artist Studio, with her husband, Daniel.
Michelle Di Pinto
Michelle is passionate about creating OOAK art dolls and critters. My love of creating things started when I was a child. I would spend hours drawing the objects around me and making little hand stitched critters for my sisters and friends.
Michelle graduated from the Beal Art program in London, Ontario. Beal Art introduced her to a whole new world of sculpting, photography, film (old school), and course art history.
Her dolls have been sold to collectors in North America, the UK and Europe.
My daughter’s school assignment to make an age appropriate toy that triggered the doll maker in me. She decided to make a doll and she asked me to help. I watched her sculpt her doll and started to work a piece of clay.
All my dolls are hand sculpted from polymer clay over a wire armature. Their eyes are glass. Currently I am using glass eyes that were buried in the grounds of an old doll factory in Germany. Their clothing are hand me downs and thrift shop finds. The hair is mohair. When creating a doll I rarely set out with a preconceived notion of what they will look like. Their personalities emerge on their own.
Carol Gleason-Rechner & Finn O'Donnell
Carol's background is fashion design, but she is an accomplished artist in a variety of media. Finn's background is industrial design, but he enjoys working on one of a kind pieces. Together they form White Sphinx, a collaboration of their many skills.
Mary Lou Jones
After graduating from art school in “advertising” and finding out it offended my sense of ethics, I worked as a Medical Artist in a hospital for 15 years. after a difficult downsizing due to computers, I went back to University to explore my interest in psychology, what makes folks “tick” and creativity. This led me through a BA, a diploma in Art Therapy and finally a Masters in Counselling. I counselled in the areas of community mental health, trauma - particularly in the area of women's sexual trauma and domestic violence. As dreary as this may sound, I really believe that the core of my work is based in knowings from my experience and that perhaps the whimsical nature of my images and sculpture are reflections of a darker side and are a chronicling of possibilities.!
My doll work began with the creation of wee children and toddlers. I used paper for all of their clothing and stuck to neutral colours. These little folk were how I meditated about the preciousness and the fragility of human life and how little children are a sort of canvas that will be influenced by their experience so we must treasure them. They spoke for me about the innocence and the potential of not only small children but also of the child in all human beings. And I thought a lot about the responsibility we have to encourage them to be who they are.!
My work subject has expanded. Lots of my pieces voice of silliness, rage, sarcasm and humour. Balance,flying, and moments in time intrigue me. My art tells me more than I could possibly have figured out on my own.! !
All in all, art both energizes and exhausts me to. Creativity comes from chaos - and in my life there is plenty of both!
From her earliest memories, Simone Young has been driven to create art.
"I am multifaceted artist. Painting, Print maker, Sculptor, Installations, Photographer, and most recently, Art doll maker.
I began create art dolls 1 1/2 years ago, when my mother came to live with me so she could receive the best cancer treatment for her illness. My husband and I transformed my painting studio, in a living space for her. As a result I was no longer able to paint, that's when the first art doll was created.
These little creatures allow me to indulge in a world of whimsy and escapism. They allow me to explore intense emotions, playful expression, curiosity and push the boundaries of my imagination. I love the multi faceted dimensions of creating the dolls, from sculpture, painting my passion for antique and vintage textile, every aspect of their construction."
Simone Young studied her Honors in fine arts at the University of Western Ontario
Studied painting at Lorenzo de Medici Fine Arts in Florence Italy
Studied Marionette Carving with Master Marionette Carving Mirek Trejtnar in Prague