Dawn Schiller: Odd Fae and Autumn Things

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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!

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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.

Kathleen Davis

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Kathleen Davis is an artist and teacher who needs a better Web presence than a PictureTrail account. Every one of her darling creations just drips personality, whether it’s an adorable baby elf, an elegant mermaid, or an irritable goblin. I’ve been trying to bring this angle to my own work, which makes me appreciate it when I see it. Davis also brings her quirky style to her work in precious metal clay. Apparently, she teaches dollmaking classes, but I haven’t discovered where, when or how to contact her yet. If I do, I’ll report back here. In the meantime, check out the pictures below and visit her gallery.

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Here’s a doll artist I’m keeping an eye on. Amber Matthies makes the most adorable little guys she calls Trollflings. Part troll, part elf, her tiny polymer clay figures are all cute. I’d advise you to get one now, while her prices are still reasonable. This artist is going to be “discovered” someday. Visit her website to see more of her work, or her Etsy shop to buy or find out where she’s going to be exhibiting.