|I have been making dolls for over 40 years. For many of
those years, my sister Dianne and I made the dolls under the
trade name of Jessie Bishop dolls. We retired in 2000 and
Dianne now owns her own shop: Main Street Dolls and More
in Brownsburg, Indiana. www.mainstreetdolls.com After an
absence of 8 years, I have returned to doll making and
exhibiting at doll shows. I really missed being a part of the
Doll World and am happy to be back.
I have always loved the look and feel of cloth dolls. I sculpt
my doll's heads and have a master mold made. I create the
heads in ceramic bisque which I cover in cloth and hand paint
to create a soft, natural appearance. The bodies are cloth with
wire used in the fingers.
Caroline was the first doll in my fashion series, introduced in
2008. I added her brother, Christopher in 2009.
My next group of dolls were slightly smaller, 24", and
consisted of Annie, Sadie and a smaller version of Caroline. I
also made some versions of Melanie in the 24" size.
Early in 2010, I designed 29" Flapper dolls, Edith, Pauline
and Daisy. These were made with the Elizabeth head. I also
sculpted a head that was intended to be a sad French Clown.
But something happened in the production and I really liked
the doll as a young lady. I called this "clown" Pierotte and
have created her in several different styles. I made a smaller
26" version of Pierotte and she is currently in production in
several variations. I resculpted a version of my
granddaughter Makena from a photo of her at 12 years of
In 2014 I designed a group of dolls dressed in the early 19th
century style, the Jane Austen series. I made a set of 2 dolls
from the Pride & Prejudice story, Lizzie & Darcy.I am now
experimenting with paper mache, paper clay and repainting
Monster High dolls. I will be making elves and fairiesfrom
polymer clay along with little houses for them in 2018.
I will not be making the cloth dolls after this year. I have
several new ideas that I want to finally start working on. I
will post photos on my Facebook Page: Judith Rankine