Handmade Must Have – Blue Raspberry Design Dolls
The more I leave home and venture out into my daily jaunts, the more I realize how cluttered and busy the world is. Logos, brands, characters, and attention grabbing everything make for little left to the imagination. Everyone is doing whatever it takes to get your attention and make sure they’re remembered in your psyche. It’s exhausting. Although I grew up with cartoon characters, Disney movies, and an assortment of marketed toys, imagination played a huge part when it came to playtime. Often I would transform stools into doll tree houses, peach baskets into plush beds for my stuffed animals, and ribbon into trolley systems to pull messages up to my bed from the floor. Creation was a part of my growth, a never-ending quest to bring the fantasy in my mind to life.
It worries me sometimes that information is so accessible to younger generations coming into themselves now. Does making things out of sheer boredom/isolation even exist anymore? While information overload has no doubt accelerated learning, has it improved genuine innovation with kids?
Beyond the world of Barbie (who I love), and personas that have been pre-created through their own story lines, I’m lusting after the dolls with no history. The ones whose identity you dream up yourself – with no one else to tell you how he/she actually is, or supposed to be. I want my future children to get lost in their own worlds, writing the words they think are incredible and inspiring on the blank pages set before them. Which brings me to these magnificent dolls. Whimsy, beauty, art. Who doesn’t want to recreate V(ink)cent Van Gogh’s story about his ear incident (above)?
Salvador Dali is a favorite of mine (above)… what a neat way for little ones to learn about history and culture! Valentina (the incredibly gifted artist who makes each doll individually), also takes special requests. You could have each member of your family made!
Posted under artwork, Gift Suggestions, kids by Robyn