Doll Making with Shasta Daisy
But to Shasta Daisy, they are the foundation for the magic she makes in each of the beautiful dolls she creates.
I’m not even a doll person, but I want everyone of her creations in my house because I love looking at them.
I’ve always been envious of her artistic ability. She draws beautifully, even sitting in the backyard of her home when we were young she could take a piece of willow and turn it into something incredible. The gift to create is in her hands. But since Shasta’s been making her dolls, she’s taken her creativity to a new high.
There’s a message in there for everyone. Find the thing you love, the thing that challenges you, and make it happen.
Shasta’s dolls are more than just beautiful things, they are magical works that affect people in an emotional way
‘The exciting thing for me is to see a flat piece of cloth and have it come to life and take shape to a point where a doll can evoke an emotion in someone else,’ Shasta says about the affect her dolls can have.
Shasta is learning all the time and therein is the love for what she excels in.
‘Learning how to make something is probably what drives me. I love the challenge of trying to work out how something is made. Doll making covers so many arts and crafts. I found that it gives me joy being able to create anything I can imagine. I love the whole process from pattern design, construction, painting, sewing, beading, embroidery and costuming,’ Shasta says.
Shasta’s only been making dolls for about two years. She’s already won first prize for three of her dolls at the Hobart Doll Show at Bream Creek Show, the Royal Hobart Agricultural Show and Doll Street Dreamers. You might have seen her at the Derwent Entertainment Centre Craft Fair this year.
She recently took herself off to pursue her love and learn more at course in New South Wales and meet other doll makers she admires. This new network has opened a huge door in her life and she’s run through it.
There’s an entire community of cloth and clay dolls. It’s worldwide, they have their own books and magazines and Shasta’s already been published. She started in little old Hobart and she’s already sold a doll in America.
You’ll know Shasta is passionate about what she does from her major social media profile. You can find out more:
Flickr – where you will find so many great pics of Shasta’s creations.
Etsy – when Shasta’s selling her dolls, this is where you can buy them.