please meet vivienne and work on a new rag doll experiment

Entirely nude, but for a threadbare whisper of a nightgown.

vivienne : naked ragdoll

The gown is made from the sleeve of an Edwardian lawn gown – so simple to make. I just hemmed the top edge – gathered across the front side and added ribbon ties that go around her neck – halter style.

vivienne : an immodest doll

She sits serenely,  in her nightgown,  silently judging that little ant who admires himself so constantly.

ant and ragdoll

Update 1/6/2019 : There is a nude rag doll pattern and kit in the works – you can sign up here if you’d like an email when it is available.

And something new on my worktable – an evolving rag doll creature. The texture thing is pretty ambitious and I’m not sure I’ll ever do it again,  it’s labor intensive even by my standards.  But I do like the effect on him.

ragdoll experiment


  1. Vivienne! My granddaughter Vivian, the one who so badly wants you to have a cat, will love that. She will also, I’m sure, ask me why dolly is “nekkid “.

    I am so intrigued by the textured doll-can’t wait to see!

  2. The best thing in my mail this morning by far. Vivienne & her ant friend are so truly gorgeous. I too will wait to see who this other beautifully textured doll is. Your spread in the magazine is so wonderful. Just a treat visiting here, I sdore your paper mache’, actually I adore everything youmake. Oh to be a fly on the wall in your studio~ a dream.

  3. Serene is the perfect description for Vivienne. Gazing at her could calm a storm of emotions.



  4. oh, how i love her… vivienne makes the ache of being away from museums for so many years subside just a bit. i love her mystery.

    and that ant with hands on hips, absolutely charming and funny.

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