Marlene Denn and Kelly Hewitt
P.O. Box 317
New Lothrop, Michigan 48460
We are a mother and daughter team of dollmakers, working from our home/studio in rural Michigan since 1985.
All of our dolls are created by just the two of us from our original designs. We’re both involved in all
phases of the production of our dolls. We don’t have any studio employees or assistants -
but if friends or family stop by, they may be put to work cutting fabric or stuffing doll parts!
We’re often asked how long it takes to create a doll. It’s impossible to answer, because we don’t work on just one doll at a time. Instead, we do “batches” of things. The studio is full of feet, arms, faerie patterns and fabric in various stages of cutting and sewing. The process is 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, Argentina, Egypt, Poland, Belgium and Mexico. One of our dolls
is part of the Smithsonian’s permanent collection. Another of our 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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