Shop Online Find A Dealer. A seemingly strange combination, but I like to think that my scientific background has shaped my design sensibilities in an innate way. Fashion and the arts have always been loves of mine so designing for dolls came naturally to me from a young age. Some of my earliest creations were doll dresses that my mom taught me how to pattern and hand-sew. Although designing dolls is my job, I still enjoy them as a custom doll artist and collector. I was so excited when the opportunity arose to work at Integrity Toys where those two worlds could merge, and I could use both my art degree and my knowledge of dolls in a creative capacity.
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You know I love dolls. Making my way around the room, though, I audibly gasped as my eyes were caught by the dead-eyed stare of the dolls affixed to both Self-Portrait at Age 5 with Doll and Barbara Epstein and Doll. Both from when Piper was just 18, these two paintings feature ghostly photorealistic paintings of young girls—Barbara and Piper herself—holding what appear to be the creepiest dolls Piper could cull from the thrift store castoff bins. Shown in a grid, these drawings transform Barbie into an abject amalgamation of parts—errant limbs, faces peeking out from apparent lumps of flesh and misshapen exaggerated feminine features. The two doll paintings, though rarely if ever analyzed, also engage with how these childhood objects shape self-perception and the perception of society. And sure, these could easily be brushed off as early teenage rebellion, an impulse to shock and horrify with some unnerving Bride of Chucky-esque dolls. This, I assume, might account for the lack of attention paid to them.
Michaeleen Doucleff. Look familiar? Artist Nickolay Lamm designed a doll to look like the average year-old walking — or running — on the street. Courtesy of Lammily hide caption.