Since we’re talking about woodsy characters, I thought now would be a good time to introduce Dawn Schiller. Her work encompasses sea hermits, odd fae and mythological beasts, each with its own charming character. Her shell- and pod-dwelling hermits (seaseidh and seedseidh) are just adorable and, like Kevin Buntin, they have great little back stories.
Schiller’s larger works are freestanding, which is an admirable feat of engineering in itself, but their costumes and props only add to their character. Check out her green man, below, with the canework leaves. I admire people who can do canework, because I’m terrible at it myself!
As if all this weren’t enough, Schiller gives back to the dollmaking community by running a YahooGroup called FairlyOddFae, which focuses on fairies that don’t look like happy, chubby children or naked supermodels with wings. Her work is living proof that odd faes can be every bit as appealing.