Our Story

Maggie at the Sewing machine Creating cloth dolls become an obsession for the artist. As her compulsion grew, she wanted a more realistic face and body for the doll. She began sculpting and inventing ways to mold felt. The combination of the sculpted face with the addition of the felt textile, turned out to be a perfect fit. Many years of trial and error followed. Perfecting the process, manipulating the fabric, sculpting a child's form in clay, and learning to paint the faces, were just some of the obstacles that had to be overcome by the fledgling doll maker. Maggie sought to improve every aspect of her doll artistry.

As Maggie's talent grew so did the demand for her work. In 1989 the artist and her husband decided to work together to make the doll world their full time business. Together they conceived of a new jointing system for the dolls that gave them a full range of motion and the ability to pose them in many positions. The costuming of the dolls over the years has gone from using very simple, plain, unadulterated felt, to applying to the fabric more sophisticated techniques such as painting, dying, embroidery, weaving, printing, airbrushing, and fusing with other types of fabric, to name a just a few. Maggie likes to think of it as putting a work of art on a work of art.

Maggie was elected in 1993 into the National Institute of American Doll Artists (NIADA). Numerous awards over the years have been bestowed upon her from Doll Reader (The DOTY) and Dolls Magazine (Dolls Award of Excellence). Recognized by her peers in 2012, the artist was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from Jones Publishing. Maggie's art has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world including the Louvre in Paris. Her artistic creations have been acquired by collectors all over the world. more >

Tony crafting doll bodies
Maggie sculpting dolls
DOTY Niada jr_printing