Corn shuck dolls originated in the Appalachians and were used for play by the children of early settlers.
As I have worked with the dolls for over 25 years, their style has become uniquely mine. They are much more sophisticated than the original dolls of more than a century ago.
The dolls are made entirely of corn shucks, their hair of flax. Beginning with a core of shaped somewhat like a cigar, I then add a petticoat and stuff the skirt with corn shucks. Lastly I dress her, draw her face, attach her hair and add accessories. I dye the shucks used for dressing the dolls myself.
Since so many people collect my dolls, I sign
and date them on the side. The first hundred of a style are numbered as
a limited edition.
I am a native of Georgia and have an art degree
from Vanderbilt University / Peabody College. I learned to make my corn
shucks when I was a field specialist with the Tennessee Arts
As I make the dolls, I try to recreate the character of a bygone era. It is to Jesus Christ that I owe the credit for any talent or charm exhibited in my dolls.
Trudie went to be with our Lord on Thanksgiving Night, November 22, 2007
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