Strange Little Girls was launched in 2011, with a range of cute and creepy, Gothic style, cloth dolls with buttons for eyes. My ideology was simple then, as it is now. I just wanted to make art for people like myself, for the Strange Little Girls, the Goth girls, the hippies, the dreamers, the one of a kind originals, who never quite figured out how to fit in. Most of all, as a vegan I wanted my art to be ethical, kind to the environment and cruelty free. My work now includes art dolls made from a variety of textiles and clays, with hand painted features. Some of my dolls are dark and Gothic, some are bright and bohemian, some are sprinkled with a little fairy dust, but all are 100% cruelty free. Every art doll I make is one of a kind. All are hand made from my own original patterns, using a mix of new, and good quality recycled materials. A certificate of authenticity is provided with every doll. Art dolls can be purchased from the Strange Little Girls Etsy shop.
Always on the lookout for new challenges, in 2013 I customised my first Monster High doll and immediately I was hooked. Their delicate features, unusual skin colours, and freedom of movement provide the perfect playground for the fertile imagination. Many hours of work go into each customisation project. I begin by removing the factory paint, and if necessary, the hair. The faces are repainted using a variety of art materials, all fixed in place with a UV resistant sealer. Hair is replaced either by re-rooting, or with a hand made wig. Clothing and most accessories are hand made, so each doll is a one of a kind original. When Monster High repaints are available, they can be found in the Etsy shop.
Please note, Strange Little Girls art dolls and repaints are collectors’ items, for display only. Due to the delicate nature of the hand drawn, needle felted, and hand stitched detail, they are not intended for children under the age of 14. They are not toys.
When I am not making art dolls, I love to paint and draw. In recent years, I have worked mostly in acrylics, although I sometimes work in other mediums too, such as graphite, coloured pencil, pastels and ink. My paintings feature faeries, mermaids, vampires, Gothic girls, ghosts and Strange Little Girls of all kinds. Original paintings and other hand painted items are occasionally offered for sale on Etsy. Printed merchandise, such as greeting cards, T-shirts, and accessories can be purchased from the Strange Little Girls Zazzle store.