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Who is this crazy lady who plays with dolls?

"Noni" Antonette Cely

Actually, if you are just browsing, and unfamiliar with the idea of Dollmaking and Doll Collecting, you may be surprised to know that I am not the only grownup "playing" with dolls. Dolls are among the most popular items collected, along with coins and stamps. And the occupation of dollmaking is becoming more and more popular all the time. I have doll friends in every state -- in fact, on every continent! From Singapore to San Francisco, and from Sweden to South Africa, there are people who have corresponded with me about dollmaking and art dolls.

Dolls as art?

The idea of the doll as art may be foreign to you, as well. But there is a growing number of people who either collect or create art dolls. You can find out about some of them, by looking into the National Institute of American Doll Artists (NIADA), of which I am an artist member.

Dolls as art is not such a far-fetched idea, if you look closely at our history of figurative art. The ancient Egyptians made statues and sarcophigi which they painted. Not pure sculpture, but a combination of sculpture and painting. The ancient Greeks painted their statues, too. Degas put a cloth tutu on his famous bronze of a little ballerina. And so it goes even today. Dollmaking provides an outlet to artists who can not confine theirselves to a single medium. In fact today's doll artist must be adept at sculpture, painting, sewing, wigmaking, millinery, cobbling, tool-making, furniture making, upholstery, etc. Get the picture? Dolls are by nature multimedia figurative art.

OK. Now you know I'm not alone in this rather curious activity. Do you want to know a bit more about me?

For a list of my credentials and where you might see pictures of some of my dolls, read my resume. To get to know a little something about me as a person, join me in an informal interview if you like.

If you have a question about any of this information, or want to know more, please e-mail me. I promise to respond as quickly as I can.




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