Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Paper Dolls

Paper dolls have been around for centuries. And they have been inexpensive children's toys for almost two hundred years, being first manufactured in 1810. "In France in the mid-1700s, "pantins" were all the rage in high society and royal courts. This jointed jumping-jack figure, a cross between puppet and paper doll, was made to satirize nobility. (Pantin is the French word for a Dancing-Jack Puppet.)" Today, many artists are turning
paper dolls into an art form.
- Visit for more on the History of Paper Dolls.

Here are a couple of paper dolls I've created over the years made using my own design. They are made using collaged papers, funky fibers and other embellishments. The limbs are attached with eyelets allowing them to be poseable.
(Here they are in athletic poses because they are determined to work off that morning donut. The one on the bottom is a little sleepy and has decided to make up for the donut by having a salad for lunch.)


  1. I'm going to get my dolls to exercise for me too.
    I think I'm going to have to make a paper doll of me looking like Superman, then I won't have to work out at all.

  2. Do you have a pattern for these dolls? I didn't see any at your esty shop.....I would dearly love to make some similar to yours they look like thier having fun !

  3. These are beautiful! I´m a teacher and I've been searching for designs on the web to show the kids to inspire them before they try to make their own... yours are PERFECT! If you're interested I'll try to post the results on our Friday Club Blog so you can see how your lovely paper dolls have inspired a group of hyperactive but creative 7 year olds!


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