P.O. Box 317
New Lothrop, Michigan 48460
The Dollmakers worked together as a mother and daughter team from 1985 until Marlene Denn's passing in 2013. The dolls are now created by the daughter half of the team in a home studio in rural Michigan from the artists' original designs. We've never had studio employees or assistants - but if friends or family stop by they may be put to work stuffing doll parts! The dolls are fabric figures, decorative pieces that can be displayed anywhere and in any way that any piece of art is enjoyed - hung on a wall, mounted in a doll stand on a mantel, or seated on an accent table or dresser.
I'm often asked how long it takes to create a doll. It's impossible to answer, because I don't work on just one doll at a time. Instead, I do batches of things. The studio is full of half-painted faces, bodies waiting to be stuffed, as well as fabric in various stages of cutting and sewing. The dolls are labor-intensive, but it's a labor of love.
Our dolls are owned and collected across the
United States and throughout the world, including Japan, Cyprus, Finland, Iceland,
Scotland, Australia, France, England, Italy, Argentina, Egypt, Poland, Belgium, Dubai, China, and Mexico. One of my dolls
is part of the Smithsonian's permanent collection. Another of my pieces, representing
the sun, has been used by the national television show "CBS Sunday Morning" as a background for
the show's logo. Some of our pieces also traveled around the country as part of a
doll show called "In Celebration of the Doll: The Figure in Cloth" in
1995-96 and 1996-97.
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