Thursday, August 8, 2013

This week's FAAP Member Introduction

Folkart & Primitives is would like you to meet Carlin of Polly-Wog Studio!!! 

Here's what Carlin has to say on her Etsy Shop profile: "Polly-Wog Patterns is my doll and pattern making, business. The name Polly-Wog comes from the nickname we called my daughter, Polly, as a child. I love teaching about arts and crafts as much as creating them. I have been self-taught in sewing and have been fascinated by rag dolls and puppets since I was seven years old. After my father's death in 1989, I decided to take the plunge and try sculpting 3-dimensional features on rag doll faces just as if I were working with clay. To my surprise, it worked. For 18 years I created all types of rag dolls and sold them in galleries and shops throughout Ohio. I took a break from crafting to complete my undergraduate degree in gender communications and psychology. In doing this,I learned so much about human nature that I found myself carrying these special traits over into my art. When pursuing my master's degree in art therapy at Ursuline College I discovered how wonderful it was expressing myself through art and creating these characters out of fabric. My art dolls were displayed in several art shows and I was commissioned to design many one-of-a-kind pieces, specializing in Spirit and Healing dolls. Through this wonderful work my personal techniques of doll making began to emerge. While working in a women's shelter as a counselor for several years, in Erie, PA, I realized how wonderful it was, through teaching, to give the gift of doll making and artistic expression to women who were experiencing the most traumatic times of their lives. It was so rewarding to watch them find true joy and personal satisfaction through expressing their own voices through artistic pieces. Since my relocation to south-central Virginia, I have begun to create my characters again and have designed patterns to share my doll making techniques with others. My life and love of doll making continue to grow by expanding my art through making different kinds of dolls. I look forward to every day in which I can be inspired and create new little creatures that I can share and that delight and bring love and fun to make the world a brighter place."

Homespun Cat Pincushion

Who wouldn't want to adopt one or more of these sweet homespun pin-keep kittens? They can be used not only to keep your pins safe and secure right at your fingertips, but they would be such a decorative delight as a basket filler for your fall decor. These little ones are precious tucked on a shelf next to a fall gourd or pumpkin in their beautiful fall colors and also make the most delightful hostess and housewarming gifts. They come in two different poses, sitting or resting. What a sweet companion snuggled in your sewing basket, as a hostess gift or just cuddling in a favorite chair, on a special window sill, on the couch nestled among your pillows. 

Mini AnnyRaggs Art Doll

At Polly-Wog Patterns you'll find all kinds of wonderful detailed patterns available, so that you can create these adorable characters too! Be sure to stop by Carlin's Blog to learn more about her patterns, creations, and to get updates on new items.

Halloween KORNY Candy Corn Doll

Halloween just can't come soon enough for Korny Candy Korn. He is a simple guy and already dressed up for trick or treating and a romp through the neighborhood on Halloween night. His most prized possession is his pair of red high-top sneakers and his black and orange shirt. Korny has been designed by Carlin, from his hand-painted head to his hand-painted sneakers, he is all of 6 delightful inches of energy and fun. He would love to join you and your Halloween collectibles. Carlin has been very busy creating so that the Polly-Wog Patterns Studio is brimming with sweet delights to capture the hearts of collectors and admirers of all ages!

We are proud to have Carlin on the Folkart & Primitive Team and hope you will stop by her Facebook page to say "hello" and welcome her!!!

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