One of the numerous great things about living in New Orleans is that people come here to visit and I in turn get to meet a lot of really wonderful people I've became friends with on the web and through doll making.
One of those people is Jacqui of Odddollz
Jacqui is a amazing doll artist and a beautiful person. The last time she was in town I gave her a naked Loopy doll and Jacqui took her home and clothed the dear thing. She named her Estelle and gave her a great gothy burlesque attire with purple hair and black patent leather gloves. I immediately fell in love with her. We got to spend a day making dollies, we exchanged some dolly making ideas and some vintage scraps and trims. What a sweetheart, Jacqui loaded me up with some of the most incredible little laces, ribbons and goodies.
If you ever get the oppurtunity to work with another doll artist I highly suggest doing it. It's really inspiring and fun. One of the things I took from the day is embellishing! Being a bit of a minimalist I don't typically embellish my dollies much but Jacqui showed me some great little tricks, like making hats and the last two dolls I made, Jodie and Shelby ended with with hats a and lot more trimming than I normally do.
The doll making community is really such a wonderful group of people. I've found so many aritsts willing to share techniques and knowledge of the art form, little did I know when I got into this that I would meet so many amazing artists and wonderful people.