In the 19th century, porcelain dolls represented the perfect lady and wore the latest trends in fashion. They were given to little girls as role models, teaching them to be delicate due to the dolls fragility. In the current day and age, dolls are hardier and more approachable. Some dolls follow the aesthetic of traditional dolls, embracing prudence and innocence. Others have adapted to a more contemporary style which is unfortunately paired with gaudy aesthetic and overt sexualization of the female form. In this epoch, we tend to either hold on too tightly to traditions, or throw them away completely.
The purpose of my dolls is to reference tradition while embracing creativity and individuality. To accomplish this, I used molds from 19th century dolls to create the porcelain body parts. In addition, I based the body on a pattern that was drawn in the 1940’s. I manipulated this pattern in order to make the doll softer and easier to interact with. To make each doll personal, I let imperfections from the porcelain casting process dictate features such as line work. The fine upholstery fabric used for the body references the elegance of the past, while the decadent use of trims fulfills the contemporary desire for gaudy excess.