My name is Cynthia Toy (really!) and I have been a dollmaker for about...hmm...ever... but seriously and professionally for about 18 years.
I think it developed from an acute fiber addiction that I inherited from my mom. That, an overactive imagination, reading lots of fantasy, 3 sons, and I just love dolls! I have always been interested in needlecrafts of all kinds and have spent many years experimenting and learning how to manipulate cloth and fibers; sewing, spinning, knitting... you name it, I wanted to learn it!
Dollmaking never gets boring because it does involve so many different techniques... tired of sewing, glue for awhile, or knit, or play clay, or stuff, cut, weave, and the list goes on.
I'm also a huge believer in all things fairy and dollmaking lets all those fairies that have been living in my head find their way into the world. The hardest part for me is letting my babies go off to new owners...but that's what pays the bills, so off they go!
Each of my dolls requires many hours to make as I design and create each doll completely from my own imagination. In addition, each face is carefully drawn and painted by hand using no patterns or stencils and each doll is then signed and dated. Because of this, no two dolls are EVER exactly alike, like people, each has its own distinct personality.
Please note that these are Art Dolls with fragile wings and small delicate parts and are not intended for children under the age of 12!
My dolls have been featured in the Fall and Winter 2006 issues of "Art Doll Quarterly" magazine and I can frequently be found doing shows in and around my hometown of Greensboro, N.C.