(Warning - minor swearing!)
First of all, how long have you been dolling? What got you into it?Hmm, I've been dolling for a long time. Eight or nine years I think, with some breaks in there. I got into it when my sister pointed it out to me. She found Josie's Dolls, I think. That's the first site that I really remember going to all the time and being totally obsessed with. It was probably the dollmakers that she had. Those things are so goddamn addicting. I actually frankendolled one of her dolls once, though I'm sure I was the only one who ever saw it.
What did you think of dolling before you learned more about it?Honestly, I don't remember. I probably thought it was all about dollmakers because that's all I would do in the beginning. Especially at DHF, and there was some huge prep-maker thing I used to do all the time.
What's the hardest part of dolling? What do you find most fun?I don't think there is an easy thing in dolling. It really varies from doll to doll, and the concepts that are behind each one. A lot of times I'll struggle with how a certain fabric should fall on the body, especially if the body position is weird. Face edits are a lot of fun. I don't know if other people do this but when I'm drawing or dolling my facial expression will match the doll's. Like, if it's frowning I'll frown. It's weird.
What's the most confusing thing about the dolling world?How the fuck people can make so much drama. Seriously.
What type/style of dolls inspire you the most?Dolls that really provoke emotional responses are the ones that I respond to the best. Dolls that just look like mannequins for clothes are alright but there should be something more to them than just that. If someone can combine technique and concept and excel at both, I'll be sold.
Do you create bases, or do you mostly make dolls?I make dolls. Basemaking is an art form that I admire but do not participate in.
What's your stance on "traced bases"?Like this. -spreads legs, hands on hips-
No but really, I think someone should respect the original art and ask permission. That being said, I have probably used a base or two that do not adhere to that rule.
Do you participate in contests or pageants? Which was the most fun to do?I do, from time to time. I used to be all over that shit but lately I haven't had a lot of time. I think pageants are great because it gets you to show your skills in an arena that will hopefully challenge you. Especially if the rounds are uncovered over time. When I first started getting really into dolling I'd enter all the motherfucking contests. I once got honorable mention at DHF for something; made me so fucking happy. Pageants I find more building in general because, for me anyway, I'm always trying to outdo myself from the last round.
If you could tell someone who doesn't know anything about dolling *one thing* to help educate them about it, what would you say?Don't doll in public because people will see all the naked cartoon ladies and get the wrong idea.
What would you like to tell beginner dollers out there?Respect. The golden rule, kids: treat others like you wanna be treated.
What was the most challenging doll you've ever made?
Finally, which dolls of yours are you most proud of?
Thanks for the interview. May the force be with you.