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I Love Art, Adore the Handmade and Treasure the Vintage. I am the Fun Mom, the Silly Friend and the Writer who wants to make more room for beauty in the everyday.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Do you know Blythe?

  Blythe is a doll that may look familiar to some.  
 
 This doe-eyed lovely was originally made for just one year by Kenner in the US in 1972.  How do I know this....

I HAD BLYTHE WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL AND I LOVED HER THEN!!!!
But in the mid to late 1990s, a well-known fashion photographer, Gina Garan, began to take one of these dolls with her everywhere and photograph her.  Blythe was the subject of many photographic studies. This was of course long-before social media, and when she released a book of her work showing Blythe in all these fun setting, a cult phenomenon was born!    
By 2001 the Japanese company of Takara resuscitated production of Blythe and by 2006 another book on Blythe – redressed and re-fitted in inspiring fashions by quite famous designers came out.

 

The real magic began to happen for two reasons: #1 artists around the world started to customize Blythe – re-sculpting the face, changing wigs, painting eye-chips and making miniature couture fashions for this wonderful little model AND #2 the emergence of visual social media platforms.  So, everything went crazy and this little cult classic of a doll became and indie art phenomenon with BlytheCons and established and fledgling artists turning their attention to Blythe.  
 
Now artists are putting their own twist on Blythe and customizing dolls...changing the face makeup, the hair, carving and re-carving the nose, chin, philtrum and eye sockets...and more! 

 And what's so wonderful is that the new Blythe world has spawned many ancillary hobbies and creatives to create for Blythe...just like our own Earth Angels Letty Worley making Blythe party pets -- because every doll needs a best friend!!!

 
 
If you are interested in a custom Blythe...please email me at jen@EarthAngelsStudios.com and I will send you full details....

We are working with renown artist to accept commissions and will be making this service available as her time allows...
STAY TUNED FOR MORE NEWS 
ON THIS OR EMAIL ME!!!
 
...and thanks to Mademoiselle Cupcake -- aka Rosanna De Bellis my soul sister for bringing the festive world of Blythe to Earth Angels...

xo Jen











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