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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.]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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- Click the symbol that looks like this on the video player at the top of this post.
- Copy the embed code from the “embed” tab.
- Paste the embed code into the html of your own blog post.
- Send the link to your blog post to Mimi!