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Handmade Portraits: Mimi Kirchner

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UPDATE: Mimi announced the winner of her free pincushion giveaway today. Congratulations to Angela Recada who embedded the video on her blog. Mimi wrote, “Thanks so much to everyone that posted and entered. There were 82 entries all together. The random number generator picked #49 and that was Angela! [The following was originally posted on August 26, 2009.]

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Mimi Kirchner
, a.k.a. mck254, spent twenty years “being distracted” by ceramics before she discovered her true calling, making dolls. Mimi’s childhood was spent surrounded by crafting materials. Her mother was an avid seamstress interested in high fashion, and she collected an endless array of gorgeous fabrics over the course of her life. After her mother stopped sewing, Mimi decided she wanted to make something out of her mother’s legacy. Thus was the beginning of Mimi’s doll making career.

Mimi and her sister with their fashionable mother.

Mimi’s cozy attic studio is jam-packed with a lifetime’s worth of inherited fabric, buttons and secondhand clothing awaiting reinvention. From bolts of her mother’s tactile cashmere and tweeds to piles of vintage buttons and other thrift store odds-and-ends, Mimi has a veritable stockroom of supplies at the ready to produce her line of unique, handcrafted cloth dolls.

Little guy 6 by mck254, $140.

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This injured fellow was inspired by Mimi’s experience being hit in the face by a baseball as a kid. This little boy reminds me of my sweet nerdy brother getting into tussles at the playground.

Boy with black eye by mck254, $125.

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Mimi’s mother left her a huge supply of vintage girdle pieces, snaps, bra and garter hooks, zippers and other sewing hardware. The tiny mechanical parts inspired Mimi to create a line of robot dolls. This nerdy dude is adorable in his plaid pants.

Robot man in plaid by mck254 $250.

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Mimi sticks to simple patterns for each of her dolls; by reducing the variables, it becomes all about the extras. Her female dolls are characterized by elaborate clothing and accessories, while her baby dolls are decorated with beautiful applique.


Sleeping swaddled baby
by mck254, $125.

For more information about Mimi’s work, check out her terrific blog, Doll: The Art and Work of Mimi Kircher.

“Tiny World” Pincushion Giveaway | $60 value

Mimi is doing a free giveaway of one of her adorable “Tiny World” pincushions! Embed the Handmade Portrait video on your blog and email the link to your post to mimi.kirchner.giveaway@gmail.com by 5 p.m. ET, Friday, September 4, 2009. Mimi will pick one lucky person using a random number generator. We’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, September 8. This is the most ornate and fabulous pincushion we’ve ever seen! Don’t you covet it?

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  • Kittysartandstuff

    Kittysartandstuff says:

    I love the sleeping baby!

    4 years ago

  • BeadinBabe

    BeadinBabe says:

    Ha! I love all of these! The little boy with the black eye is my favorite :) Not saying that I would like a little boy to have a black eye!! But it is a cute doll :) LOL

    4 years ago

  • printedpretties

    printedpretties says:

    I love Mimi's work! What a great portrait, thank you so much! She just knows how to capture a bit of whimsy and nostalgia withe her little cloth people, I love them! Emilie. x

    4 years ago

  • Aquanetta

    Aquanetta says:

    wonderful work! love the lil guy with the black eye :)

    4 years ago

  • Radness

    Radness says:

    Super cute!

    4 years ago

  • penguinandfish

    penguinandfish says:

    wonderful wonderful wonderful!

    4 years ago

  • amoronia

    amoronia says:

    I am in love with her work!!!

    4 years ago

  • enhabiten

    enhabiten says:

    that was a great video! i love the tattooed men. such a funny and great doll idea. ps- mimi you were one cute kid. love seeing the old pictures. it gives me a more complete picture of the artist.

    4 years ago

  • amoronia

    amoronia says:

    I was actually introduced to it while reading a blog post by my friend Maria, aka psarokokalo, and I thought it was incredibly good!!!

    4 years ago

  • madeinlowell

    madeinlowell says:

    Oh this is just delightful! Mimi is fabulous and I have been completely drawn into her world of creations, thanks so much for showing this!

    4 years ago

  • lynaslane

    lynaslane says:

    thanks so much for sharing this artist. inspiring!!

    4 years ago

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage says:

    I love your work Mimi, thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • silentdisco

    silentdisco says:

    I love her work and her tattooed men so much. Thanks for sharing :)

    4 years ago

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye says:

    nerdy robot man is awesome! thanks for allowing us a peek into your world!

    4 years ago

  • Knight27

    Knight27 says:

    GO MIMI!!!

    4 years ago

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign says:

    Absolutely Gorgeous!

    4 years ago

  • littletank

    littletank says:

    cute dolls

    4 years ago

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts says:

    Love the sleeping baby!

    4 years ago

  • thecluelesscrafter

    thecluelesscrafter says:

    love the cozy sense of history that comes from using "inherited" fabrics. the sleeping baby is amazing, lovelygifts.

    4 years ago

  • glasfaden

    glasfaden says:

    Gorgeous!! Love the circus man. Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • MeghanT

    MeghanT says:

    I like how you described getting an idea for an item and suddenly it just HAS to be made. When you went into details about your creative process using the tattooed man design as an example, all I could think was "Me too, me too!" This is why I carry around a sketch book. I'll be out somewhere and something will inspire me and BAM....I'm flooded with a new design concept that grow off each other. You have to rush home and try to bring it to life. My challenge is staying on task because one design idea forks off into others. This wonderful feature made me realize how similar creative people are. I don't make things that aren't inspired by a strong emotion in me...it's why I try to include a bit of a story online with my creations. I want people to see what I saw, and understand the creative process. I agree with you: a well executed design should elicit some kind of emotional response in the viewer. That's what art is all about. Bravo!

    4 years ago

  • Slowshirts

    Slowshirts says:

    Thanks goodness for people like you Mimi, it's so inspiring to see the different mediums you have worked with in your life. I love the fact you went from pottery to textiles. Great video, wonderful work!

    4 years ago

  • mosey

    mosey says:

    always been a fan of your work my dear!!!! lovely video portrait.

    4 years ago

  • DuBuhDuDesigns

    DuBuhDuDesigns says:

    Congrats Mimi~your work is truly beautiful and always seems fresh and new with each design that you create (your tattooed men are still my favorites)! Wonderful video-I enjoyed hearing about your background and seeing a "real" artists studio :)

    4 years ago

  • kitschcafe

    kitschcafe says:

    WOW. love that! it's great to see that she uses old fabrics. I love the video portraits. so fun!

    4 years ago

  • MissAvocado

    MissAvocado says:

    I'm SO glad to see this feature! Mimi's work is incredible and the craftsmanship on her dolls and creations is some of the best I've seen.

    4 years ago

  • seaglassthings

    seaglassthings says:

    Awesome Mimi - congrats!

    4 years ago

  • ericawalker

    ericawalker says:

    i love this peek into your world- thank you. i've admired your work for a long time and was finally able to see some in person in boston this spring. each piece is such a treasure- love them all.

    4 years ago

  • Elizaveta

    Elizaveta says:

    ....I love how excited Mimi gets when talking about her work...

    4 years ago

  • AtlasSigns

    AtlasSigns says:

    Mini - Can you make a Mini Teddy Kennedy Doll? I love the Tatooed Men. Exquisit!

    4 years ago

  • 1AEON

    1AEON says:

    master of puppets!!!

    4 years ago

  • stitchface

    stitchface says:

    This absolutely made my day! Thanks so much Mimi for giving us a glimpse into the creative workings behind your stunning dolls :D

    4 years ago

  • TactileBaby

    TactileBaby says:

    Mimi, how inspiring! Thank you for letting us take a peek into your artistic world.

    4 years ago

  • ReclaimedToYou

    ReclaimedToYou says:

    Congratulations Mimi! Thrilled to see you and your work recognized in this way!

    4 years ago

  • chromalab

    chromalab says:

    Hooray, Mimi! You movie star, you.

    4 years ago

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage says:

    absolutely amazing! i am in awe of the talent and creativity of all of these artists. thanks for inspiring me!

    4 years ago

  • WitNWhimsyArt

    WitNWhimsyArt says:

    I love this site. I have not been so inspired by any other place on the web. I just love seeing all the different talents artists on here. Okay, I am done boosting egos:-) I really love it here.

    4 years ago

  • MyMoms

    MyMoms says:

    I just found a lot of new favorites. Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 says:

    wonderful work!

    4 years ago

  • JessicaPoundstone

    JessicaPoundstone says:

    I've been waiting for this one ever since weirdwolf mentioned she was working on it. So worth the wait!!! Yay for Mimi : )

    4 years ago

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry says:

    So cute! The pincushion is brilliant!

    4 years ago

  • MarianneW

    MarianneW says:

    I'm so happy to read about Mimi!

    4 years ago

  • blackeyedsuzie

    blackeyedsuzie says:

    Beautiful work by Mimi and another great video by Tara - just lovely! Thank you both for this glimpse into Mimi's world and process.

    4 years ago

  • riorita

    riorita says:

    I love all these handmade dolls, The one with the black eye reminded me of my childhood!

    4 years ago

  • teegee

    teegee says:

    Congrats Mimi from another Arlingtonian! I have always admired your dolls, well before etsy came along. They are beautiful! Congrats on the write up!

    4 years ago

  • rowenamurillo

    rowenamurillo says:

    Love these dolls. Why are rag dolls always so charming? Of course, these are particularly charming.

    4 years ago

  • heartbreakart

    heartbreakart says:

    What amazing dolls! I never really thought much about dolls until seeing this video and Mimi's art! And she seems sooo nice too! :)

    4 years ago

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa says:

    Here's Mimi's awesome post about make-dos too! http://mimikirchner.com/blog/archives/2009/08/make-dos-and-my-tiny-worlds/

    4 years ago

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade says:

    Lovely article on the story behind the making of these dolls (especially those wonderful robot dolls!)!

    4 years ago

  • lorirodgersart

    lorirodgersart says:

    Absolutely inspiring. Now I am going to go out to my ceramics studio and analyze my clay obsession. I am going to look at your site now! Thank you thank you thank you!

    4 years ago

  • BeyondStitches

    BeyondStitches says:

    I just love Mimi's work, her story, her studio...how inspiring! Thank you for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • ALittleWorld

    ALittleWorld says:

    What an amazing artist! very inspiring.

    4 years ago

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds says:

    Congratulation. I love them all but the pincushion is fantastic.

    4 years ago

  • mtraub Admin

    mtraub says:

    I just want to reach out and touch Mimi's dolls. The tattooed men, robots, and tiki dudes get me thinking about dollmaking in a totally new way!

    4 years ago

  • LisaFerinDesigns

    LisaFerinDesigns says:

    so beautiful!

    4 years ago

  • saraaires

    saraaires says:

    I've been following Mimi's craft for a while (2, 3 years... gosh!) Since th first time I saw her characters I just got the impression of her as a great artist. They always strike you with a certain proper inner something. It's just great to see her portrait on etsy! Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • shecological

    shecological says:

    Absolutely Fabulous!

    4 years ago

  • SurrenderDorothy

    SurrenderDorothy says:

    What a nifty article!

    4 years ago

  • BlueRoseRetro

    BlueRoseRetro says:

    I can look at Mimi's work over and over again. She has a great eye for colors, patterns and proportions. Her folkloric touches are quite unique. I love the guy with the black eye...crack me up!

    4 years ago

  • UglyBaby

    UglyBaby says:

    I do covet it. I do.

    4 years ago

  • swallowfield

    swallowfield says:

    perfect. thank you! i love her work.

    4 years ago

  • papermenagerie

    papermenagerie says:

    I'm so glad you were featured, Mimi! I'm so lucky I got to admire your work and process in person as part of Boston Handmade :)

    4 years ago

  • zeropumpkin

    zeropumpkin says:

    oh cute :D i like cutie pie dress :D

    4 years ago

  • sandali

    sandali says:

    Mimi your work is AWESOME !!!! I love all the fun & trigger happy characters ;)

    4 years ago

  • AUTOMATIEK

    AUTOMATIEK says:

    WOW ~~ it's great !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 years ago

  • MaryLittfin

    MaryLittfin says:

    This was a most inspiring video. The passion and feeling you have about your work flows. I just love your work and the use of "found" items. I wish I could just walk into your home and savor every corner. Thank you so much for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • hiyadollface

    hiyadollface says:

    Tropical Lady pillow is brilliant!

    4 years ago

  • Kyotoqt

    Kyotoqt says:

    Oh- I think this is just wonderful- Your work is so creative- keep going!

    4 years ago

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations says:

    So amazing!

    4 years ago

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions says:

    I love the nahla bear!

    4 years ago

  • allthenumbers

    allthenumbers says:

    Ohmygosh Mimi!! Congratulations! They could not have spotlighted a more talented or deserving artist! Your creations inspire me more than words can say!

    4 years ago

  • lizroca

    lizroca says:

    Another wonderful portrait! Mimi, I love your dolls and your colorful studio.

    4 years ago

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts says:

    Beautiful work Mimi! I can't throw anything away either.

    4 years ago

  • Zooguu

    Zooguu says:

    Yay! I've been waiting for this to come out! Congratulations, Mimi - your work is fantastic and your environment is so inspiring. I love that photo of you and Ben, too! It was nice to see our green leaf tiki man in one of the photos - he's currently hanging in our living room and we cherish him very much.

    4 years ago

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares says:

    who doesn't love a cute and cuddly doll? so many cute ones here.

    4 years ago

  • astulabee

    astulabee says:

    oh! so wonderful! I first learned of etsy after seeing a magnet with a photo of Mimi Kirchner's dolls and her etsy address below on my sister's refrigerator in Boston!

    4 years ago

  • wonderlandia

    wonderlandia says:

    What beautiful dolls, I love the sculpted noses it gives the face so much more life. I have the same problem as Mimi - I have stuff coming out of my ears and yet I still keep collecting...

    4 years ago

  • ReclaimedDesigns

    ReclaimedDesigns says:

    I love every one of the dolls.

    4 years ago

  • theweddingcontessa

    theweddingcontessa says:

    What talent!!!! Love your dolls and your creativity!!!! Great job on following your dreams!

    4 years ago

  • twolefthands

    twolefthands says:

    Such a wonderful imagination! I love all the dolls!

    4 years ago

  • LaViejaTunTun

    LaViejaTunTun says:

    Love Them

    4 years ago

  • PeonySTreet

    PeonySTreet says:

    Sweet!!

    4 years ago

  • themagicalbean

    themagicalbean says:

    I love her amazing work!!

    4 years ago

  • KimsCraftyApple

    KimsCraftyApple says:

    just amazing!

    4 years ago

  • Beadz2Pleaz

    Beadz2Pleaz says:

    Such amazing talent! I love how Mimi lives her craft/art, oozing character and personality. Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • missbatch

    missbatch says:

    Mimi- your work is so endearing and lovely. Thanks for sharing. Your relationship to materials-- finding small treasures and working them into your art, just using what you already have-- is very inspiring and gives me hope that my collections are just looking for their outlet! Tara, another beautiful portrait.

    4 years ago

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams says:

    This was a very interesting exposé of how an artisan works and is inspired. I loved seeing her roots and early interests. Seems as though she's come full circle! The tatooed circus dolls are unique. Great video portrait too~

    4 years ago

  • norakaren

    norakaren says:

    so particular and special,love this feature,congrats Mimi!

    4 years ago

  • waxandwool

    waxandwool says:

    Thank you so much for featuring Mimi, I've been an avid reader of her blog and fan of her work. Watching this makes me hope that I get out to Boston or she gets out to San Francisco soon! Congratulations Mimi! So richly deserved!

    4 years ago

  • maclancy

    maclancy says:

    ooo I have always loved Mimi's dolls!! all that cashmere is my idea of a dream come true attic. I cannot wait to see what dolls will evolve from her in future... thank you so much for this feature on her.

    4 years ago

  • JudithEloiseHooper

    JudithEloiseHooper says:

    Great characters, wonderful imagination.

    4 years ago

  • SeptemberStars

    SeptemberStars says:

    Fantasic dolls! I like the color variances!

    4 years ago

  • TheSingingBird

    TheSingingBird says:

    Mimi your work is so beautiful and inspiring, thank you for opening up your home and process for all of us to enjoy! I just wish this video was longer!! :)

    4 years ago

  • lushbeads

    lushbeads says:

    What a wonderful look into your creative process. Congratulations, Mimi!

    4 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Cute!

    4 years ago

  • blossomnbird

    blossomnbird says:

    wow wonderful...thanks for that great story and beautiful work!

    4 years ago

  • evihan

    evihan says:

    supperr designssss...love them alll...

    4 years ago

  • LaBellaAmour

    LaBellaAmour says:

    Great little short film love the story Im so inspired I almost cried xoxoxo Belle

    4 years ago

  • lilworkerb

    lilworkerb says:

    Love the video. The dolls are so creative, and beautiful! Love it!

    4 years ago

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses says:

    My jaw dropped hearing this wonderful story - parallel lives on so many counts! Totally understand the inability to throw much of anything away. Now I know why I've been saving those old girdle garter snaps. Mimi, your shop was one of the first I discovered when I joined Etsy. Your work is exquisite in concept and craftsmanship and has inspired me more than I can say. Thank you!

    4 years ago

  • StonehouseStudio

    StonehouseStudio says:

    Way to go, Mimi! Mimi's dolls always make me smile - and the real life details are amazing - like a felt band-aid on a little girl doll's knee!

    4 years ago

  • LippincottSoapCo

    LippincottSoapCo says:

    Such sweet dolls and such a great talent!

    4 years ago

  • ImperfectlyPretty

    ImperfectlyPretty says:

    Oh my goodness! I love Mimi's dolls and all her tons of bits and pieces waiting to become parts of dolls! I want to sit in Mimi's beautiful studio and have a cup of tea, surrounded by all those wonderful fabric people! Thank you, Mimi!!

    4 years ago

  • dollfacekillah

    dollfacekillah says:

    what a talented and interesting lady!! i'm with imperfectlypretty when she said she wanted to sit in mimi's studio with a cup of tea surrounded by all her little people! thank you, etsy, for giving this amazing woman a place to display her craft!

    4 years ago

  • PhineasandLou

    PhineasandLou says:

    Your work is so amazing! I LOVE and appreciated how you describe something that "has to be made". Thanks for sharing a bit of your world :)

    4 years ago

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran says:

    Mimi, you are a genius and you look so adorable...

    4 years ago

  • elsita

    elsita says:

    Dear Mimi, I am so happy to see you in this video! You're beautiful and I really love the passion that you put into everything that you create. I am so honored to own one of your dolls, she is right next to my bed, I love seeing her everyday. You're the real deal when the comes to doll making. it is like you were born for doing what you do. Everything about what you do is so authentic and special. Your work is unique, there is only one Mimi out there in the world and your work inspire lots of other people including myself. Thank you so much for your art. I send you a big hug! Elsita :)

    4 years ago

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie says:

    Love this video!

    4 years ago

  • mealymonster

    mealymonster says:

    wonderful video. great work, I love all the character each doll has and the twist of whimsy and fun that is added. :) Nicole

    4 years ago

  • vol25

    vol25 says:

    awww this was sweet! I LOVED the stong men tattooed circus dolls. Soo clever! ALso- our house was built in 1892!! :)

    4 years ago

  • SerendipityVintage

    SerendipityVintage says:

    I am so moved by her art! Her dolls remind me of some of the cloth dolls I had as a child. I'm so glad that Etsy did this handmade portrait so I could discover her work.

    4 years ago

  • sharonclancydesigns

    sharonclancydesigns says:

    Mimi's dolls are one of my absolute favorites on etsy! I love love love her work. I can't stop putting them in my treasuries because they are just so awesome! I'm so pleased to see her featured here, so well deserved!

    4 years ago

  • AliceIsDreaming

    AliceIsDreaming says:

    I LOVE Mimi's work, and more importantly her story! I really enjoyed watching her video. The emotion in her voice when she spoke about her work was very moving and insspiring. Thank you Mimi!

    4 years ago

  • loopyboopy

    loopyboopy says:

    Lovely article and video!

    4 years ago

  • nancyrosetta

    nancyrosetta says:

    I really love this look into Mimi's craft. I've watched it three times already, and I want to watch it again! It's incredibly inspiring! Thanks Mimi, and Etsy!

    4 years ago

  • ThePurlMinx

    ThePurlMinx says:

    Love, Love, Love the Tattooed Men!!! They are fabulous!

    4 years ago

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf says:

    What a treat to shoot this video. Watching Mimi effortlessly move from one work in progress to another, with imagination and precision, was incredibly inspiring. I own one of Mimi's cloth dolls and I have to say it's one of the prettiest things in my home. Yay Mimi!

    4 years ago

  • GgaBulShop

    GgaBulShop says:

    WOW Awesome!! really love her work!

    4 years ago

  • heidicooper

    heidicooper says:

    That was so interesting and inspiring! What an amazing artist!!

    4 years ago

  • knitalatte

    knitalatte says:

    I loved this video glimpse of the life and inspiration behind Mimi the artist , collector and dollmaker. Seeing her own hands stitching and holding her dolls was fantastic. I love her attic studio filled to the brim with dolls and potential. I would love to see a video like this starring Elsita Mora.

    4 years ago

  • chelseasroom

    chelseasroom says:

    Great work... love the boo-boos details... really inspiring for me -since I just started my Etsy store!!!

    4 years ago

  • PaperPetalCreations

    PaperPetalCreations says:

    Great video! Thanks for sharing this insight into your creations. It's always fun to see how other artists express their crafty side.

    4 years ago

  • mutsuko

    mutsuko says:

    I love it!

    4 years ago

  • paddyridge

    paddyridge says:

    adorable and clever....love the inspiration from all these etsy artists!

    4 years ago

  • lilc

    lilc says:

    Do you remember the Crissy doll? She was one of the first baby dolls where her hair could grow longer or made shorter...my older brother destroyed her! And she also happened to be the only doll I owned. Since that day, I have had a passion for dolls - beautiful dolls, (...and their clothes, carriages...). Mimi, some of your dolls are exquisite, and all of them are a wonderful story. Watching your video really warmed my heart. Thank you for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • littlemissmaimun

    littlemissmaimun says:

    I don't know her and... i think i love her already!. That's real art... 'when there's an emotional response'.

    4 years ago

  • laspottery

    laspottery says:

    awesome work and I like how she surrounds herself with the craft she loves!

    4 years ago

  • winsomehollow

    winsomehollow says:

    just beautiful work!

    4 years ago

  • anadiazarte

    anadiazarte says:

    Lovely!

    4 years ago

  • marabradforddesigns

    marabradforddesigns says:

    Hi Neighbor, I live on Gloucester St. and go by your house on my way to Johnny's. I knew someone creative had to live in your house, because of your garden out front, and now my suspicion is confirmed! I LOVE what you do and hope to meet you around town someday.

    4 years ago

  • ColourHarmonics

    ColourHarmonics says:

    The tiny world pin cusion's cute!

    4 years ago

  • namao

    namao says:

    Dear Mimi, I'm so impressed by your art I wish I could be your neighbour and visit you on your attic ! Complimenti !!!

    4 years ago

  • MonniebeanFolkart

    MonniebeanFolkart says:

    Wonderful and inspiring-it's amazing how many different dolls us people can make!

    4 years ago

  • schoolyard

    schoolyard says:

    we love your work!

    4 years ago

  • dogdaisy92

    dogdaisy92 says:

    Its so fantastic to see you and hear you talk about your work.I've been a big fan on flickr for a long time , especially the tattooed men. Keep on making. It gives everyone so much pleasure.

    4 years ago

  • thefrenchfleashop

    thefrenchfleashop says:

    These are adorable!

    4 years ago

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts says:

    Interesting article. Cute stuff!

    4 years ago

  • pixieblossoms

    pixieblossoms says:

    Very nice video! Her work is really cool!

    4 years ago

  • Esma

    Esma says:

    Great story! I love how you utilize fabrics and things that you've picked up through the years.... makes for beautiful and interesting dolls!

    4 years ago

  • fantasticbeasts

    fantasticbeasts says:

    Wait, everyone -- brown! Brown-skinned dolls! Oh man, I how often does Etsy feature something without lily-white skin? And these dolls are so endearingly quirky and well-constructed. So awesome. Thank you for spotlighting some diversity, even if it's just among (amazing) dolls! (Seriously though, Etsy's favoring of caucasians borders on criminal. IMHO.)

    4 years ago

  • woolandwater

    woolandwater says:

    I am so happy to see this! I found Mimi's work years ago when she was making the painted dolls and I became an instant fan. There are layers of expression in her dolls that you don't find anywhere else. I truly admire her work.

    4 years ago

  • Tresijas

    Tresijas says:

    This is wonderful! Such an interesting video and comforting to see another person that collects lots of btis and bobs to be made famous later. gorgeous work!

    4 years ago

  • lindapaloma

    lindapaloma says:

    Thank you for the inspiration! I'm going back into the studio right now, even though it's 110 degrees in there this afternoon. Mimi's beautiful dolls kick started my creativity.

    4 years ago

  • 23rdstreetvintage

    23rdstreetvintage says:

    I would love to have my triplets done as these dolls. Then I could carry them around and pretend they listen to me for once!

    4 years ago

  • SmilingGirlStudio

    SmilingGirlStudio says:

    How unique! I'll be checking back often! Great work.

    4 years ago

  • leafprintstudio

    leafprintstudio says:

    WONDERFULL dolls, and I adore the creative clutter!!!

    4 years ago

  • 1AEON

    1AEON says:

    :) a whole different world!!! thank you!!!

    4 years ago

  • modkee

    modkee says:

    Amazing how the emotional connection I had to Mimi's work was almost instantanious and through a video no less! Mimi~ you are very talented and passionate. Keep up the good work!

    4 years ago

  • OctoberMansion

    OctoberMansion says:

    A very well made video. But that comes as no surprise when you see the attention to detail in Mimi's dolls. I want to live in Mimi's mini universe...please...

    4 years ago

  • BBDexter

    BBDexter says:

    what adorable dolls!!

    4 years ago

  • sugarcubed

    sugarcubed says:

    I <3 love your work! Lovely!

    4 years ago

  • BlissForest

    BlissForest says:

    I recently discovered Mimi's dolls, and loved looking through her store. I love her current line of work, and look forward to seeing more of her humor (the tattooed men and robots) as well as her clean cut school kid dolls. I appreciate the sharing about her personal process and history. Thanks Mimi! Aly

    4 years ago

  • SplyPixie

    SplyPixie says:

    Well what a lovely day to start the day!! You strike me as such a lovely warm person with so much imagination and love of pretty things and all of that is reflected in those gorgeous dolls. What a range of styles too! really wonderful - made me feel all warm, fuzzy and creative...just like one of your dolls :o) I'm a fan and will now sneak off to look at the rest of your creations! Katya Xx

    4 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Nice items!

    4 years ago

  • seboldsoriginals

    seboldsoriginals says:

    We love your work Mimi!

    4 years ago

  • cinnamonsticks

    cinnamonsticks says:

    Thank you for sharing! I love being able to see a creation brought to life by two hands. Inspiring!

    4 years ago

  • blainedesign

    blainedesign says:

    One of the best Handmade Portraits ever, both for the amazing, exacting work, and the spirit of genuine genius and creativity. A story like this one reawakens in me a deep feeling of community and fellowship with other makers of things. Loved it!

    4 years ago

  • AlchemicMuse

    AlchemicMuse says:

    Thanks so much for sharing, very inspiring!!

    4 years ago

  • EarthenTreasures

    EarthenTreasures says:

    Your work is whimsical, yet practical. I love that you reuse clothing and accessories! In my purses, I love to do that, too! Thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • PaperedFair

    PaperedFair says:

    These dolls are very special! Thanks for sharing your story!

    4 years ago

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry says:

    Little Guy 6 is so cute!

    4 years ago

  • ClothesbyValery

    ClothesbyValery says:

    Gorgeous dolls,and I love those little dollclothes too.All items are so adorables!Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • cadestudios

    cadestudios says:

    I particularly LOVE your tattooed men and the robots. Fantastic work!!! Have you done any celebrity look-alike dolls?

    4 years ago

  • joyceweaver

    joyceweaver says:

    I love the dolls AND your video! I'm a doll maker too so I can relate to a lot of the same things. Good luck to you & your wonderful dolls!

    4 years ago

  • quiltwork

    quiltwork says:

    I started my own blog a little over a week ago. To initiate it I am running a free giveaway - please stop by to enter free giveaway, and look around my blog - I hope you will find it interesting! All you need to do is a give me a suggestion on how to name the portrait quilt: http://quilt--works.blogspot.com/2009/09/name-this-art-quilt-contest.html

    4 years ago

  • FruitOfMyHands

    FruitOfMyHands says:

    I have loved every one of these videos from my handmade life. This one was great also.

    4 years ago

  • littlepumpkincrafts

    littlepumpkincrafts says:

    The babies are so great! I love that she is a big collector, makes me feel better about my own habit.

    4 years ago

  • asherjasper

    asherjasper says:

    LOVE everything. The robots are awesome!

    4 years ago

  • gladiwrapaprons

    gladiwrapaprons says:

    The tour of Mimi Kirchner's studio and home and creative process was a privilege. I felt like a child peering into an elaborate Victorian dollhouse. I am overawed by the incredible beauty and diversity of her creations!

    4 years ago

  • JeanB123

    JeanB123 says:

    I am a fan Now of your doll. i have a mind like yours i do not like to get rid of things i love material. I live in a very small place though so i had to rid myself of a lot of my items. HOO HUM. So just a big fan so interesting so wonderful.

    4 years ago

  • tree2

    tree2 says:

    Just wonderful.

    4 years ago

  • obi1

    obi1 says:

    Beautiful work Mimi...

    4 years ago

  • konkokto

    konkokto says:

    wow, the fact that she taught herself from books at an early age is amazing.... yeah !

    4 years ago

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy says:

    Just downloaded this for my Ipod on Itunes, watched it today while @ work and again- what an *inspiration*!

    4 years ago

  • workhomeunion

    workhomeunion says:

    Very unique idea..

    4 years ago

  • modernbird

    modernbird says:

    i loved this peek into Mimi's life and her creations, this is my 3rd time visiting the video!! thank you!

    4 years ago

  • VintiqueLa

    VintiqueLa says:

    so cool...love the tattoo guys

    4 years ago

  • quiltwork

    quiltwork says:

    There is something irresistible about fabric puppets! I've been drawn to them as well. I've incorporate three-dimensional figurines into my fiber art quilts. Here are a few examples ...Hat and Hair are three dimensional ...Hair is three dimensional ...Dancer's tutu is three dimensional

    4 years ago

  • clothmoth

    clothmoth says:

    brilliant, beautiful and highly original doll making as art!

    4 years ago

  • BetsyEtsy

    BetsyEtsy says:

    I ADORE the tattoo dolls... And what a lovely interview! This video is the kind of thing that gives me warm & fuzzy feelings about being part of the Etsy Community.

    4 years ago

  • ilgattoselvatico

    ilgattoselvatico says:

    Absolutely terrific!

    3 years ago

  • InYourBones

    InYourBones says:

    truly beautiful and always seems fresh

    3 years ago

  • tripperdungan

    tripperdungan says:

    Great stuff. You've caut a certain sweetness there.

    3 years ago

  • SavageSeeds

    Mrs. Savage from SavageSeeds says:

    You are so very cool! Bravo!

    1 year ago

  • happyaskingsshop

    Rachel Osborne from happyaskingsshop says:

    To die for. Your work is so inspirational to me. I make dolls and animals too, although not to sell, and I know the craft that goes into making just one. Your creativity has no end. Congrats on your success!

    153 days ago