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Handmade Portraits: Mimi Kirchner

Sep 8, 2009

by Tara Young

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(Music by Jonathan Cazenave, Lineland, animation by JuliaPott)

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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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robot man in plaid- nerdy
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187 comments

  • Kittysartandstuff

    Kittysartandstuff said 7 years ago

    I love the sleeping baby!

  • BeadinBabe

    BeadinBabe said 7 years ago

    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

  • printedpretties

    printedpretties said 7 years ago

    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

  • Aquanetta

    Aquanetta said 7 years ago

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

  • Radness

    Radness said 7 years ago

    Super cute!

  • penguinandfish

    penguinandfish said 7 years ago

    wonderful wonderful wonderful!

  • amoronia

    amoronia said 7 years ago

    I am in love with her work!!!

  • enhabiten

    enhabiten said 7 years ago

    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.

  • amoronia

    amoronia said 7 years ago

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

  • madeinlowell

    madeinlowell said 7 years ago

    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!

  • lynaslane

    lynaslane said 7 years ago

    thanks so much for sharing this artist. inspiring!!

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 7 years ago

    I love your work Mimi, thanks for sharing.

  • silentdisco

    silentdisco said 7 years ago

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

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 7 years ago

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

  • Knight27

    Knight27 said 7 years ago

    GO MIMI!!!

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 7 years ago

    Absolutely Gorgeous!

  • littletank

    littletank said 7 years ago

    cute dolls

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Love the sleeping baby!

  • thecluelesscrafter

    thecluelesscrafter said 7 years ago

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

  • glasfaden

    glasfaden said 7 years ago

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

  • MeghanT

    MeghanT said 7 years ago

    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!

  • Slowshirts

    Slowshirts said 7 years ago

    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!

  • mosey

    mosey said 7 years ago

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

  • DuBuhDuDesigns

    DuBuhDuDesigns said 7 years ago

    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 :)

  • kitschcafe

    kitschcafe said 7 years ago

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

  • MissAvocado

    MissAvocado said 7 years ago

    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.

  • seaglassthings

    seaglassthings said 7 years ago

    Awesome Mimi - congrats!

  • ericawalker

    ericawalker said 7 years ago

    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.

  • Elizaveta

    Elizaveta said 7 years ago

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

  • AtlasSigns

    AtlasSigns said 7 years ago

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

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 7 years ago

    master of puppets!!!

  • stitchface

    stitchface said 7 years ago

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

  • TactileBaby

    TactileBaby said 7 years ago

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

  • ReclaimedToYou

    ReclaimedToYou said 7 years ago

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

  • chromalab

    chromalab said 7 years ago

    Hooray, Mimi! You movie star, you.

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 7 years ago

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

  • WitNWhimsyArt

    WitNWhimsyArt said 7 years ago

    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.

  • MyMoms

    MyMoms said 7 years ago

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

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 7 years ago

    wonderful work!

  • JessicaPoundstone

    JessicaPoundstone said 7 years ago

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

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 7 years ago

    So cute! The pincushion is brilliant!

  • MarianneW

    MarianneW said 7 years ago

    I'm so happy to read about Mimi!

  • blackeyedsuzie

    blackeyedsuzie said 7 years ago

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

  • riorita

    riorita said 7 years ago

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

  • teegee

    teegee said 7 years ago

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

  • rowenamurillo

    rowenamurillo said 7 years ago

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

  • heartbreakart

    heartbreakart said 7 years ago

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

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 7 years ago

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

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 7 years ago

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

  • lorirodgersart

    lorirodgersart said 7 years ago

    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!

  • BeyondStitches

    BeyondStitches said 7 years ago

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

  • ALittleWorld

    ALittleWorld said 7 years ago

    What an amazing artist! very inspiring.

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 7 years ago

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

  • mtraub

    mtraub said 7 years ago

    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!

  • LisaFerinDesigns

    LisaFerinDesigns said 7 years ago

    so beautiful!

  • saraaires

    saraaires said 7 years ago

    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!

  • shecological

    shecological said 7 years ago

    Absolutely Fabulous!

  • SurrenderDorothy

    SurrenderDorothy said 7 years ago

    What a nifty article!

  • BlueRoseRetro

    BlueRoseRetro said 7 years ago

    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!

  • UglyBaby

    UglyBaby said 7 years ago

    I do covet it. I do.

  • swallowfield

    swallowfield said 7 years ago

    perfect. thank you! i love her work.

  • papermenagerie

    papermenagerie said 7 years ago

    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 :)

  • zeropumpkin

    zeropumpkin said 7 years ago

    oh cute :D i like cutie pie dress :D

  • sandali

    sandali said 7 years ago

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

  • AUTOMATIEK

    AUTOMATIEK said 7 years ago

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

  • MaryLittfin

    MaryLittfin said 7 years ago

    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.

  • hiyadollface

    hiyadollface said 7 years ago

    Tropical Lady pillow is brilliant!

  • Kyotoqt

    Kyotoqt said 7 years ago

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

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 7 years ago

    So amazing!

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 7 years ago

    I love the nahla bear!

  • allthenumbers

    allthenumbers said 7 years ago

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

  • lizroca

    lizroca said 7 years ago

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

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts said 7 years ago

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

  • Zooguu

    Zooguu said 7 years ago

    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.

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 7 years ago

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

  • astulabee

    astulabee said 7 years ago

    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!

  • wonderlandia

    wonderlandia said 7 years ago

    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...

  • ReclaimedDesigns

    ReclaimedDesigns said 7 years ago

    I love every one of the dolls.

  • theweddingcontessa

    theweddingcontessa said 7 years ago

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

  • twolefthands

    twolefthands said 7 years ago

    Such a wonderful imagination! I love all the dolls!

  • LaViejaTunTun

    LaViejaTunTun said 7 years ago

    Love Them

  • PeonySTreet

    PeonySTreet said 7 years ago

    Sweet!!

  • themagicalbean

    themagicalbean said 7 years ago

    I love her amazing work!!

  • KimsCraftyApple

    KimsCraftyApple said 7 years ago

    just amazing!

  • Beadz2Pleaz

    Beadz2Pleaz said 7 years ago

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

  • missbatch

    missbatch said 7 years ago

    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.

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams said 7 years ago

    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~

  • norakaren

    norakaren said 7 years ago

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

  • waxandwool

    waxandwool said 7 years ago

    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!

  • maclancy

    maclancy said 7 years ago

    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.

  • JudithEloiseHooper

    JudithEloiseHooper said 7 years ago

    Great characters, wonderful imagination.

  • SeptemberStars

    SeptemberStars said 7 years ago

    Fantasic dolls! I like the color variances!

  • TheSingingBird

    TheSingingBird said 7 years ago

    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!! :)

  • lushbeads

    lushbeads said 7 years ago

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

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 7 years ago

    Cute!

  • blossomnbird

    blossomnbird said 7 years ago

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

  • evihan

    evihan said 7 years ago

    supperr designssss...love them alll...

  • LaBellaAmour

    LaBellaAmour said 7 years ago

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

  • lilworkerb

    lilworkerb said 7 years ago

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

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses said 7 years ago

    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!

  • StonehouseStudio

    StonehouseStudio said 7 years ago

    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!

  • LippincottSoapCo

    LippincottSoapCo said 7 years ago

    Such sweet dolls and such a great talent!

  • ImperfectlyPretty

    ImperfectlyPretty said 7 years ago

    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!!

  • dollfacekillah

    dollfacekillah said 7 years ago

    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!

  • PhineasandLou

    PhineasandLou said 7 years ago

    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 :)

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran said 7 years ago

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

  • elsita

    elsita said 7 years ago

    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 :)

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 7 years ago

    Love this video!

  • mealymonster

    mealymonster said 7 years ago

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

  • vol25

    vol25 said 7 years ago

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

  • SerendipityVintage

    SerendipityVintage said 7 years ago

    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.

  • sharonclancydesigns

    sharonclancydesigns said 7 years ago

    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!

  • AliceIsDreaming

    AliceIsDreaming said 7 years ago

    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!

  • loopyboopy

    loopyboopy said 7 years ago

    Lovely article and video!

  • nancyrosetta

    nancyrosetta said 7 years ago

    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!

  • ThePurlMinx

    ThePurlMinx said 7 years ago

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

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf said 7 years ago

    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!

  • GgaBulShop

    GgaBulShop said 7 years ago

    WOW Awesome!! really love her work!

  • heidicooper

    heidicooper said 7 years ago

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

  • knitalatte

    knitalatte said 7 years ago

    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.

  • chelseasroom

    chelseasroom said 7 years ago

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

  • PaperPetalCreations

    PaperPetalCreations said 7 years ago

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

  • mutsuko

    mutsuko said 7 years ago

    I love it!

  • paddyridge

    paddyridge said 7 years ago

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

  • lilc

    lilc said 7 years ago

    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.

  • littlemissmaimun

    littlemissmaimun said 7 years ago

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

  • laspottery

    laspottery said 7 years ago

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

  • winsomehollow

    winsomehollow said 7 years ago

    just beautiful work!

  • anadiazarte

    anadiazarte said 7 years ago

    Lovely!

  • marabradforddesigns

    marabradforddesigns said 7 years ago

    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.

  • ColourHarmonics

    ColourHarmonics said 7 years ago

    The tiny world pin cusion's cute!

  • namao

    namao said 7 years ago

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

  • MonniebeanFolkart

    MonniebeanFolkart said 7 years ago

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

  • schoolyard

    schoolyard said 7 years ago

    we love your work!

  • dogdaisy92

    dogdaisy92 said 7 years ago

    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.

  • thefrenchfleashop

    thefrenchfleashop said 7 years ago

    These are adorable!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Interesting article. Cute stuff!

  • pixieblossoms

    pixieblossoms said 7 years ago

    Very nice video! Her work is really cool!

  • Esma

    Esma said 7 years ago

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

  • fantasticbeasts

    fantasticbeasts said 7 years ago

    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.)

  • woolandwater

    woolandwater said 7 years ago

    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.

  • Tresijas

    Tresijas said 7 years ago

    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!

  • lindapaloma

    lindapaloma said 7 years ago

    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.

  • 23rdstreetvintage

    23rdstreetvintage said 7 years ago

    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!

  • SmilingGirlStudio

    SmilingGirlStudio said 7 years ago

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

  • leafprintstudio

    leafprintstudio said 7 years ago

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

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 7 years ago

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

  • modkee

    modkee said 7 years ago

    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!

  • OctoberMansion

    OctoberMansion said 7 years ago

    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...

  • BBDexter

    BBDexter said 7 years ago

    what adorable dolls!!

  • sugarcubed

    sugarcubed said 7 years ago

    I <3 love your work! Lovely!

  • BlissForest

    BlissForest said 7 years ago

    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

  • SplyPixie

    SplyPixie said 7 years ago

    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

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 7 years ago

    Nice items!

  • seboldsoriginals

    seboldsoriginals said 7 years ago

    We love your work Mimi!

  • cinnamonsticks

    cinnamonsticks said 7 years ago

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

  • blainedesign

    blainedesign said 7 years ago

    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!

  • AlchemicMuse

    AlchemicMuse said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing, very inspiring!!

  • EarthenTreasures

    EarthenTreasures said 7 years ago

    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.

  • PaperedFair

    PaperedFair said 7 years ago

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

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 7 years ago

    Little Guy 6 is so cute!

  • ClothesbyValery

    ClothesbyValery said 7 years ago

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

  • cadestudios

    cadestudios said 7 years ago

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

  • joyceweaver

    joyceweaver said 7 years ago

    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!

  • quiltwork

    quiltwork said 7 years ago

    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

  • FruitOfMyHands

    FruitOfMyHands said 7 years ago

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

  • littlepumpkincrafts

    littlepumpkincrafts said 7 years ago

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

  • asherjasper

    asherjasper said 7 years ago

    LOVE everything. The robots are awesome!

  • gladiwrapaprons

    gladiwrapaprons said 7 years ago

    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!

  • JeanB123

    JeanB123 said 7 years ago

    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.

  • tree2

    tree2 said 7 years ago

    Just wonderful.

  • obi1

    obi1 said 7 years ago

    Beautiful work Mimi...

  • konkokto

    konkokto said 7 years ago

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

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 7 years ago

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

  • workhomeunion

    workhomeunion said 7 years ago

    Very unique idea..

  • modernbird

    modernbird said 7 years ago

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

  • VintiqueLa

    VintiqueLa said 7 years ago

    so cool...love the tattoo guys

  • quiltwork

    quiltwork said 6 years ago

    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

  • clothmoth

    clothmoth said 6 years ago

    brilliant, beautiful and highly original doll making as art!

  • BetsyEtsy

    BetsyEtsy said 6 years ago

    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.

  • ilgattoselvatico

    ilgattoselvatico said 6 years ago

    Absolutely terrific!

  • InYourBones

    InYourBones said 6 years ago

    truly beautiful and always seems fresh

  • tripperdungan

    tripperdungan said 5 years ago

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

  • SavageSeeds

    Savage Seeds from SavageSeeds said 3 years ago

    You are so very cool! Bravo!

  • happyaskingsshop

    Rachel Osborne from happyaskingsshop said 3 years ago

    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!

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