Sunday, May 30, 2010

Mary Magpie by Joey Versaw

For someone as jaded as this writer, it takes magic and soul to create a doll that moves me. And Mary Magpie by Joey Versaw moves me in so many ways. Mary Magpie combines the play of fashion dolls with the power of engagement of an art object.
Handmade and hand painted by this 21st Century Geppetto,  Mary is sturdy in her construction and undeniably beautiful when displayed. This Mary Magpie, wearing the Dolldom favorite Louise Brooks' bob, is a perfect example of Joey's sensibilities as an artist.
 Mary's profile photo shows her exquisite pout
When compared to several of Joey's other models, it is easy to see the artist's style of painting and also the integration of several references to vintage boudoir dolls.
 Mary arrived at our studios and immediately went to be dressed for her photo portfolio.  But after the commotion, it became clear that Mary looks best in her lovely and very special gown made by Joey.
Mary wears Mark G. Harris' pastel tweed coat, a vintage dress, and a hat by Tess Barton. 

But in true Dolldom style, here is Mary Magpie wearing the deluxe fashions of Liz Cole, Mark G. Harris, and Franklin Lim-Liao.
Mary models a sexy and chic brocade set by Franklin Lim Liao

Joey joins a growing number of artists creating handmade uniqueness that proves to the world yet again that the future of dolls is handmade.
For her Ana May Wong moment, Mary wears a fab qipao by Liz Cole for Retros

Dolldom looks forward to welcoming Mary's friends in the near future. 

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