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Lynne & Michael Roche

We have been making artist dolls for 30 years. We sculpt the heads and make plaster casts from which we slip cast the heads and hands in porcelain. Michael carves the dolls bodies in lime-wood, they articulate in a similar way of the dolls from the 19th century. We also make small dolls which are all bisque and have the same articulation as the older dolls.  The dolls are all made in small editions.
   
The clothing has always been very important, I have often gone towards the 50's look, harking back to my own childhood. I like the clothes to be very much in proportion to the dolls, and have a feeling of reality, not overpowering the doll, so I often use knitteds, wool and cotton rather than heavier fabrics. Also, much of the fabric and yarns are dyed for which give beautiful soft but rich colouring. I like to use antique and vintage fabrics For detailing I love embroidery and appliqués and of course the knitting can also enable details in the right scale.

In recent years I have written stories that go alongside the dolls and sometimes the dolls come with an illustrated book of the story.

Inspiration can come from a number of places including photos of children or paintings or the story ideas I have from time to time.

 
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