Be Bold, Make Dolls

In honour of International Women’s Day, I was invited to participate in a doll-making project alongside so many talented dollmakers. Marlene Parra, of Filomeluna, creates beautiful and whimsical handmade dolls. She also curates the feed for the @dollmakers account on Instagram, which is a lovely collection of work by dollmakers from around the globe. She conceived the idea for this mega project and seamlessly organized and pulled it all together!

Marlene invited over 50 dollmakers to each create a doll inspired by the role of women in our society and in the end all of us received one of these special dolls to keep. It was so wonderful to connect with friends in the doll-making community and receive my doll with beautiful hand-embroidered details by Aimee Ray. And probably the best part was that I newly discovered some of the most beautiful work of amazingly-talented dollmakers I had not known of before!

I’m so grateful for opportunities like this—to connect and be inspired by women who so obviously are doing what they love. While I had way too many favourites from this project to showcase them all, you can get a sense of the outcome from the slideshow above and I’ve shared some links for these artists here, from left to right:

Carol of Anacardia
Erika Barratt of Erika Barratt
Barbara of Just Acorn
Emma Johnson of GiggleMay
Lena Bekh of Lena Bekh
Marlene Parra of Filomeluna

Notorious R.B.G

“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
— Ruth Bader Ginsburg

I had the pleasure of connecting with the superstar mama of three young children who commissioned me to make a special doll for her newborn baby. Wanting her little girl to grow up in the influence of strong female role models, she asked me to create a doll in the likeness of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to add to her daughter’s collection.

I had seen the Associate Justice in the media, but having lived in Canada my whole life, I had no idea of her story or the immense influence and positive change she has had on the fight for gender equality. I was quite literally blown away to learn the huge impact she made with her advocacy for human rights as I began researching Ruth’s life and accomplishments.

My hope is that my doll will continue to serve as a reminder to this little girl that she can do anything she sets her mind to. And I hope she will always fight for the things she believes in and do so in a way that would make Ginsburg and others proud to join her.