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


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