What an adventure we had in Australia! Last time you heard from me, I was ‘down under,’ and the team from America had visited wine country, the Cleland Wildlife Conservatory, and had our first evening of Doll Lounge Talks at the Adelaide Hills Doll Guild Convention.
As doll collectors most of us know and love the rare, iconic American cloth dolls created by Izannah Walker. Her dolls have become the “holy grail” for many collectors, who often spend a lifetime searching for one of her amazing dolls. Izannah’s dolls have a distinctive quality that makes them instantly recognizable, but not all of us know much about the woman who created these dolls that bridge the gap between a child’s beloved doll and outstanding examples of American folk art.
For over a millennia, mankind has preserved its hopes and ideals in miniature. If you want to know what people considered important, look at what they reduced in size and in their own way, enshrined. Dolls and their accoutrement forever will be tiny mannequins of humanity’s ideals and hopes. That's what they really are. They are us-- in miniature.