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Handmade Portraits: Black-Eyed Suzie

Jan 24, 2012

by Tara Young

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For this week’s video, we’re resurfacing an old favorite. Enjoy!

(Music by Espers)

Canadian artist and writer Sarah Faber started making art dolls while she was living in the woods of Maine. Tired of constantly being in her own head as she worked endlessly on her first novel, Sarah began experimenting with her hands. The Gothic beauties that emerged — card sharks, bourbon drinkers, albinos and vampires — tell tales of dire lives of Victorian England, but not without a certain playful wink.

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large giclee fine art print - they sacrificed everything to the stars - archival reproduction of original oil painting - this is all i know


  • FancifulForm

    FancifulForm said 12 years ago

    I have been a big fan of for a while now. I sculpt myself and I just find the emotions she is capable of capturing in the dolls faces astonishing. They are beautiful works of art!

  • jessjamesjake

    jessjamesjake said 12 years ago

    gorgeous collection!! thanks for sharing.

  • missbatch

    missbatch said 12 years ago

    Incredible! I love hearing about the process in letting the essence of the creation dictate it's form. Beautiful work, and stunning video!

  • CwButcher

    CwButcher said 12 years ago

    love the collection great work new fan!

  • isewcute

    isewcute said 12 years ago

    WOnderful video! I especially loved watching it after seeing the feature on Black Eyed Suzie in feb/mar/apr 2009 Artdoll Quarterly Magazine. Such Talent!!! :o)

  • ArchetypalTheatre

    ArchetypalTheatre said 12 years ago

    What a great portrait! I love seeing the influences behind the making of these evocative ladies. Their eyes really speak!

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 12 years ago

    Enchanting Collection!

  • oldworldprimitives

    oldworldprimitives said 12 years ago

    I am a fan of blackeyedsuzie's shop, so it was really fun to "meet" her in this video and learn more about her work. Fun feature!

  • PeppermintDaydreams

    PeppermintDaydreams said 12 years ago

    yowza! truly amazing work. hooray Canada! hee hee hee.

  • timesandchimes

    timesandchimes said 12 years ago

    Oh I just love Suzie's dolls! So unique and beautiful in the most eerie way!

  • waysideviolet

    waysideviolet said 12 years ago

    oh my! ♥♥

  • fricdementol

    fricdementol said 12 years ago

    Sarah you are beautiful! :) I specially love the 'sad' expressions, they are plenty of emotion and expressive feeling! Magnificent artwork!

  • vintagedchic

    vintagedchic said 12 years ago

    oo I love blackeyedsuzie's work! I built a whole treasury around her "Elspeth" that made front page in large part to her talent!

  • CoRneY

    CoRneY said 12 years ago

    very nice

  • Recy

    Recy said 12 years ago

    I love blackeyedsuzie! I hope to own one of her beautiful creations someday. Speaking of doll-making... Inchelina is also very talented:

  • LittleCritters00

    LittleCritters00 said 12 years ago

    Work is amazing. I wish I could afford to by one. On may I love them all.

  • LittleCritters00

    LittleCritters00 said 12 years ago

    So pretty. I love the red hair dolls

  • LittleCritters00

    LittleCritters00 said 12 years ago

    I love the other picks too, oh man this is such article

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf said 12 years ago

    Sarah was so wonderful and lovely and interesting to work with. Please read all the stories she writes for the descriptions. The little bios add a dark edge to these sweet, precious dolls. Fantastic!

  • mermaidsdowry

    mermaidsdowry said 12 years ago

    Very beautiful dolls!! I have had you as a favorite for months - I want to buy one some day :)

  • blackeyedsuzie

    blackeyedsuzie said 12 years ago

    Thanks so much for watching, everyone, and for all the kind comments! And thank you, Tara, you video-star!

  • picklehead

    picklehead said 12 years ago

    amazingly beautiful dolls! I love how each doll has it's own melancholy story. :D

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 12 years ago

    yes, Sarah's sculptures are so unique and full of character - and the bio's superb! (I love stories, I do them too - it's all part of the creation process)

  • laurebelle

    laurebelle said 12 years ago

    Love your collection! I love all things unique and close to the heart - it is evident these are both!!!! Blessings!

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 12 years ago

    forgot to say - wonderful video!!! thank you

  • artdollsbynat

    artdollsbynat said 12 years ago

    You are definitely one of my favorite artist of any medium. Your dolls are really intriguing. Love hearing your inspirations.

  • NanLawson

    NanLawson said 12 years ago

    wow so beautiful - im usually not a doll fan but you may have converted me!

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 12 years ago

    Oooh, I love her dolls, they're so dark and well-made.

  • deirdradoan

    deirdradoan said 12 years ago

    Oh thank you so much for adding Miss Marie A in her roses...she looks so lovely with the other girls!!! I will come back and spend more time..oxo

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 12 years ago

    The faces are so expressive--just enchanting.

  • SpiritMama

    SpiritMama said 12 years ago

    Awesome video, way to go Sarah!

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 12 years ago


  • topsyturvydesign

    topsyturvydesign said 12 years ago

    I am soooo thrilled to see a portrait on Sarah & her a-mazing work! Congrats Ms. Sarah!

  • tinatarnoff

    tinatarnoff said 12 years ago

    Goodnes! What amazing work!

  • loopyboopy

    loopyboopy said 12 years ago

    Very very cool. Been a cyber friend of Sarah's for awhile and how special to get to actually see her!! Sarahs dolls are absolutely stunning, inspiring and just hard to take your eyes off of!!

  • loopyboopy

    loopyboopy said 12 years ago

    oh and thanks for including my Laura with this article, quite an honor!!!

  • twolefthands

    twolefthands said 12 years ago

    Wonderful video, love your dolls!

  • ladyartisan

    ladyartisan said 12 years ago

    Awesome video, Sarah! It was delightful to see your studio space, watch you work, and hear a bit of your story.

  • bartonoriginals

    bartonoriginals said 12 years ago

    Love Sarah's dolls and what a treat to view this video and get to know her abit! Unique enchanting dolls by a unique and charming artist!

  • BululuStudio

    BululuStudio said 12 years ago

    Wonderful story

  • capturedimagination

    capturedimagination said 12 years ago

    The eyes are so captivating! Thanks for sharing a part of your story.

  • dancesippydance

    dancesippydance said 12 years ago

    great video. when i come across sarah's creations on etsy they always stop me dead in my click,click,clickity tracks, they are so stunning and engaging.

  • kristensteinfineart

    kristensteinfineart said 12 years ago

    I enjoyed this so much. I love your dolls. Being 6ft tall and elongated, these are perfect for me. :)

  • VedaArts

    VedaArts said 12 years ago

    very interesting dolls!

  • FirstLove

    FirstLove said 12 years ago

    Love her and all her creative talent!!!!!!!! Too amazing, really :) I'm so glad to see lovely Sarah featured!!

  • Intres

    Intres said 12 years ago

    Your works are really fantastic. Thanks for the video.

  • itselemental

    itselemental said 12 years ago

    A wonderful artist-portrait, and hauntingly beautiful art dolls!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 12 years ago

    Love the beautiful picks!!

  • signsofmylife

    signsofmylife said 12 years ago

    oh, what a wonderfully executed video - enjoyed the viewing - the creating - the whole 9 yards! love edward gorey too - tim burton's work as well - need to look up meat cake...your dolls are mysteriously wonderful creations - such charm & what a story they can tell! keep up the wonderful work that you do & maybe one day i'll get to own one of your creations...soon! all the best to you!

  • staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca said 12 years ago

    Oh my gosh! Tara this is beautiful! Oh I want to be her best friend! Or at least go out to lunch once or twice.

  • 1ofmykind

    1ofmykind said 12 years ago

    Absolutely sublime...num! Etsy please give us more more more. There is nothing more inspiring than sharing the studio and process of an artists work. Well done ALL!

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf said 12 years ago

    btw TeenAngster curated these fantastic related items. She's got the magic touch!

  • unconventionalida

    unconventionalida said 12 years ago

    The video is absolutely terrific!

  • EpicBones

    EpicBones said 12 years ago

    gorgeous!!! my aunt makes dolls, i'll definitely have to show her that video. great work!

  • olivehuedesigns

    olivehuedesigns said 12 years ago

    blackeyedsuzie is one of my very most favoritest sellers! One day I hope to have her make a doll all for my very own.

  • yalipaz

    yalipaz said 12 years ago

    That was so great to see how she makes her wonderful dolls. Thank you so much!

  • christinececelia

    christinececelia said 12 years ago

    I love these~!!!!

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 12 years ago

    creeeeepy dolls, I love it!

  • GreighdayVintage

    GreighdayVintage said 12 years ago

    These dolls are amazing, I adore them!

  • deirdradoan

    deirdradoan said 12 years ago

    The video is wonderful...It is great to see how you work...and know more about you...I am so happy to know you and be included on this page of dolls!!! Thank you again!!!

  • LeLapinTriste

    LeLapinTriste said 12 years ago

    Sarah is one of my most favorite etsy sellers! It was amazing to see inside her studio and hear her talk about her work. Sincerely lovely stuff!

  • MakeMeOver

    MakeMeOver said 12 years ago

    These are just SOOOOOO creative, I love them! They all seem to have such unique characters - I always wonder how you come up with them. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  • sweetruin

    sweetruin said 12 years ago

    Very talented artist. I love the little stories that she write for each doll. Beautiful!

  • pumpkinhaus

    pumpkinhaus said 12 years ago

    Sarah! I loved seeing you in your video! Your work is lovely darling.... and so are you!

  • silocurb

    silocurb said 12 years ago

    thankyou for this inspiring interview. thankyou wolf and angster and beautiful blackeyedbeauty. truly.

  • AmelieAPoulain

    AmelieAPoulain said 12 years ago

    This was/is magical. Thank you so much...

  • blackeyedsuzie

    blackeyedsuzie said 12 years ago

    Thanks so much, everyone! Your comments are so lovely to read!

  • neawear

    neawear said 12 years ago

    Oh you're gonna bring an Etsy crowd to Montreal now!! hehe ;) YAY! Your work is fabulous, inspiring and intriguing! Keep it up :)

  • Inchelina

    Inchelina said 12 years ago

    Sarah is a wonderful artist! I loved the video and seeing the process.. It makes it even more special as I own one of her wonderful dolls...

  • Isabelcards

    Isabelcards said 12 years ago

    I was just noticing these dolls earlier this week...they really caught my attention.

  • LaireMarie

    LaireMarie said 12 years ago

    Wow, what talent!

  • Fishstikks

    Fishstikks said 12 years ago

    Wonderful segment on a great artist! Thoroughly enjoyed that! You have some wonderful creations and I like that they tell you who they are.

  • NejellaPhotoArt

    NejellaPhotoArt said 12 years ago

    These dolls speak to you. You are amazing.

  • artdollsonly

    artdollsonly said 12 years ago

    what a great post!

  • artTherapy

    artTherapy said 12 years ago

    i never realized how many different creative processes went into doll making. thanks for the education. your work is lovely and your passion for it shines brightly.

  • shewhomustbeloved

    shewhomustbeloved said 12 years ago

    I can totally imagine these dolls being in their own animated tv show!

  • Signs

    Signs said 12 years ago

    nice :D

  • Suzeeez

    Suzeeez said 12 years ago

    Wonderful video and amazing artwork. Your imagination and creativity are an inspiration. I love how you give personality to each and every one of your dolls. You can see it by simply looking into thier eyes. Keep doing what you are doing...your work is awesome! Sue

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 12 years ago

    nice stuffs

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 12 years ago


  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 12 years ago

    what awesome creations from blackeyed suzie! i loved hearing her approach to her craft. these would look fantastic in a 'brothers quay' film! yaay canada!

  • TheLaLaLaShop

    TheLaLaLaShop said 12 years ago

    Wow... AMAZING!! :)

  • edessedesigns

    edessedesigns said 12 years ago

    I'm blown away. For some reason, this video spoke to me like no other one has--for so many reasons, I can't even begin to describe. Just amazing! Thank you so much for this. I really needed it.

  • MGMart

    MGMart said 12 years ago

    I loved watching your video Sarah! What a lovely artworks, they look a bit sad and tired, but even this, they are still so sweet. You look at every each of them and they really do tell you a story!!! Thank you for sharing your story with us and thank you for Etsy to bought us artist together in this lovely handmade site!!! I send my love from Hungary. ~Marianna


    LANCERIKA said 12 years ago

    What an inspiration!fantastic*~*

  • lwsilver

    lwsilver said 12 years ago

    I love these dolls, what an inspiring story. Lisa x

  • myzoetrope

    myzoetrope said 12 years ago

    I love these videos. It's so fun to glimpse into the "making of" process of her dolls!

  • coffeemonkey

    coffeemonkey said 12 years ago


  • feralchildren

    feralchildren said 12 years ago

    What wonderful work! Hmmm... I was going to do persephone with a pomegranate too... not sure I can now :P

  • zJayne

    zJayne said 12 years ago

    So much talent! A pleasure to learn more about this artist and shop!

  • tanyap

    tanyap said 12 years ago

    This was sooo cool. I love seeing how other people create and work...what a cool block to live on!

  • plantelady

    plantelady said 12 years ago

    Sarah--You are a gifted writer, I can tell by your answers to their questions. Don't ever give up on that dream. I also love your dolls, they are quite different but that is what makes them special.

  • sunflowervalley

    sunflowervalley said 12 years ago

    oh my gosh youre dolls are so magical and beautifull full of imagination , i love them . you are such a talented person.and my new inspiration thanks

  • SusannaMarie

    SusannaMarie said 12 years ago

    These are just lovely. Keep us the wonderful work! It's inspiring really. Thanks, Susanna

  • ohsusannasjewelry

    ohsusannasjewelry said 12 years ago

    amazing work

  • dizzymarmalade

    dizzymarmalade said 12 years ago

    Love this!

  • DuBuhDuDesigns

    DuBuhDuDesigns said 12 years ago

    Congrats to you Sarah on this fantastic video and for being recognized for the amazing artist you are!!! ~Christine :) p.s. how is it you have such a clean studio..hmm? :)

  • ambitionsdesign

    ambitionsdesign said 12 years ago

    Sarah! I just got your newsletter and cannot believe I missed this! I have been living in a cave I swear! Congrat's!! Dani~

  • matchiematchie

    matchiematchie said 12 years ago

    What an inspiration. It is truly amazing the work that you put into the dolls.

  • TheFeltElf

    TheFeltElf said 12 years ago

    I loved this video, your openess and your beautiful home. Inspiring work, aaaaaaah now I want to make dolls

  • Walkingquail

    Walkingquail said 12 years ago

    What a super film about a very interesting artform. Sarah, you are fully as interesting as your creations. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • chubbycheeksweaters

    chubbycheeksweaters said 12 years ago

    Breath-taking work. True artistry.

  • dDryad

    dDryad said 12 years ago

    adorable!! great..

  • maggiemaescolours

    maggiemaescolours said 12 years ago

    I am amazed at the process that goes into making these dolls. You are a true artist. Thank you for sharing.

  • figure22

    figure22 said 12 years ago

    LOVE your work!

  • mizdarlin

    mizdarlin said 12 years ago

    I now am dying to make strange little hats for these fabulous creations-maybe I'll have to take up dolls to have an excuse! blackeyedsuzie, you are truly fabulous-congratulations!♥

  • chialudesign

    chialudesign said 12 years ago

    I like the characters that you put in your dalls. Very good creayivity.

  • steampunkjunq

    steampunkjunq said 12 years ago

    These are wonderful. I love them! :)

  • TieBeau

    TieBeau said 12 years ago

    I used to live on St Urbain in Montreal. I can imagine seeing some of these women walking in the streets and climbing up an down the iron staircases. None of them look like they have ever tasted a yummy Montreal baggle however.

  • DappleGrey

    DappleGrey said 12 years ago

    these are so beautiful, i have to have one i just cant choose, really beautiful.

  • dollproject

    dollproject said 12 years ago

    Great video! I loved the insightful glimpse into your design origins and process :]. Thank you for sharing!

  • DawnAliceDesigns

    DawnAliceDesigns said 11 years ago

    Love seeing you create your dolls! Wonderful video.

  • LondonParticulars

    LondonParticulars said 11 years ago

    Amazing! Thank you for making a video, your dolls are incredible, I love your Poe!


    ODDandWHIMSY said 11 years ago

    Wow! thanks for sharing. I'm a big fan of of Sarah's work.

  • weepeeple

    weepeeple said 11 years ago

    Love the video! Thanks for sharing.

  • humblebea

    humblebea said 11 years ago

    Sarah, I have always adored your dolls~ they have so much personality! Thank you so much for sharing your story with us!

  • violettecandy

    violettecandy said 11 years ago

    Lovely dolls. Very artistic and cool.

  • artfoodlodging

    artfoodlodging said 11 years ago

    It's always nice to hear the story behind the art and the artist...and i totally understand the dolls telling you their story!

  • winding

    winding said 11 years ago

    Beautiful! I'm a big fan of your wonderful dolls. Thanks so much for this stunning video.

  • PatraPlace

    PatraPlace said 10 years ago

    Really artistic and unique!! The dolls have emotional inside.

  • Caracarmina

    Caracarmina said 10 years ago

    <3 your work ..... :D

  • thenakedbird

    thenakedbird said 9 years ago

    soooo beautiful and fantastical. I'm so inspired by the victorian era too, I think that's where I'd travel back to and live like beatrix potter in the country. ah congratulations on this feature!

  • LauraGourmel

    LauraGourmel said 9 years ago

    beautiful dolls!

  • Refindlings

    Refindlings said 9 years ago

    Wonderful collection and those art dolls are amazing!

  • volkerwandering

    volkerwandering said 9 years ago

    So unique! Great job!

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 9 years ago

    Enchanting, thanks. It was one of those videos where you say, "oh, it's over" So well done.

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 9 years ago

    Wow.. beautiful :)

  • humblebea

    humblebea said 9 years ago

    I love your dolls (-:

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet said 9 years ago

    Your art dolls are amazing!

  • cactusscraps

    cactusscraps said 9 years ago

    Very cool and I have to say I also like her taste in lunchboxes :)

  • needlenerd

    needlenerd said 9 years ago

    amazing. thanks for sharing!

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 9 years ago

    Love your unique style & point of view, amazingly talented! xo

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 9 years ago

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  • CabinCastle

    CabinCastle said 9 years ago

    Stunning work!

  • itselemental

    itselemental said 9 years ago

    One of my favorite portraits... and I loooove Montreal!!!

  • HeatherLucille

    HeatherLucille said 9 years ago

    These lovely doll ladies look like they just stepped out of some of my favorite novels. I bet Edgar Allen Poe would have been a mega fan of your evocative dolls! So beautiful and emotive - I really enjoy seeing the confines of life and wardrobe in Victorian times on their faces.

  • FeltNatural

    FeltNatural said 9 years ago

    I think your work is fantastic!!! Thanks for sharing and congrats on the feature.

  • raspberryhead

    raspberryhead said 9 years ago

    I have loved this womans work since i first stumbled on etsy. hooray.. that she has wondered back so that i can drink in these freaky little treasures,,,,,

  • WildOrKidz

    WildOrKidz said 9 years ago

    These are so amazing! Thanks for being here and sharing your work.

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 9 years ago

    Very unique!

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 9 years ago

    Great story!

  • elleestpetite

    elleestpetite said 9 years ago

    These dolls are amazing. I love how they have a claymation look to them.

  • thedaydreamer

    thedaydreamer said 9 years ago

    Quirky dolls! Interesting feature.

  • LoriMarie

    LoriMarie said 9 years ago

    Your So Talented!!... Loved the video! Thanks for sharing!

  • sianykitty

    sianykitty said 9 years ago

    amazing work! I imagine things while looking at her creation.. great artist!

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign said 9 years ago


  • raniprimmer

    raniprimmer said 9 years ago

    Love this work!

  • PolClary

    PolClary said 9 years ago

    Amazing. I love the idea of the darker elements, the way every doll has a story which is just a bit quirky. And the craftsmanship is gorgeous.

  • gufobardo

    gufobardo said 9 years ago

    wow dolls! I love this post!

  • GufoLab

    GufoLab said 9 years ago

    dollmaking is my paradise thank you so much!

  • PrincesaAnastasia

    PrincesaAnastasia said 9 years ago

    terrible, like in scary Victorian stories or like horrors which scary everyone. It is like a source for serial murders!!!!!!!!

  • PoetryofObjects

    PoetryofObjects said 9 years ago

    So, so dolls, puppetry and marionettes...i just love their stories. Thank you so much for the lovely, lovely video...your voice also goes well with the dolls stories.

  • holli

    holli said 9 years ago

    Great interview and great doll maker, love your dolls!

  • peshka

    peshka said 9 years ago

    Wow! So pretty!

  • sweetsarahcardsandtr

    sweetsarahcardsandtr said 9 years ago

    wonderfully weird! love it!

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 9 years ago

    Great video and work Congrats !!

  • LoveButtons

    LoveButtons said 9 years ago

    Such a talented artist. I love the figures' doleful expressions and lively back stories :)

  • jmayoriginals

    jmayoriginals said 9 years ago

    awesome! (but why are some of the comments from 2 years ago?)

  • jmayoriginals

    jmayoriginals said 9 years ago

    oh nevermind, just saw that you're resurfacing an old favorite. :)

  • NicoleNicoletta2

    NicoleNicoletta2 said 9 years ago

    very nice work!

  • LiddoKiddo

    LiddoKiddo said 9 years ago

    Im in love with those dolls!!! Congrats!!

  • girliepains

    girliepains said 9 years ago


  • Ebrown2503

    Ebrown2503 said 9 years ago

    You are such an amazing force. I'm so glad Etsy has focused all of us on your talent. Keep creating.-eleanore

  • cougarvintage

    cougarvintage said 9 years ago

    What a talent, and a beautiful history! They are so exotic... love to have it!

  • pinkboxstudio

    pinkboxstudio said 9 years ago

    We love her!!

  • PyxusPassionProject

    PyxusPassionProject said 9 years ago

    So glad you decided to resurface this one!! Wonderful.

  • sinthea9

    sinthea9 said 9 years ago

    Lovely video...

  • Dedalos

    Dedalos said 9 years ago

    I really love this video, showing how much love and care is involved in dollmaking. It's like giving life to a new misterious yet familiar creature, that you can discover little by little as soon as the project takes its shape. I really love theese dolls and I really appreciate the simple and natural attitude of this talented artist. Thankyou for showing us this positive example!

  • annettemaze

    annettemaze said 9 years ago

    Really nice! Loved seeing the process and the dolls are amazing.

  • Caracarmina

    Caracarmina said 9 years ago

    Love to put a face on the name! and the dolls are gorgeous!!!!!!! nice video Sarah! loved it! :D

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    Sandi from Sandidesignsart said 1 year ago

    The dolls are simply fabulous!!! Beautiful faces, clothes, love their hands. Your art form is mesmerizing!! Sandi

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