Artizan Made’s Holiday Paper Doll Fashion Show

Artizan Made’s Holiday Paper Doll Fashion Show
11/19/2017 Rachel
Paper Doll Fashion Show

When I was a kid, a friend of mine and I used to make our own paper dolls. It was such a great way to think and learn about form, shapes, scale and color! All of these years later, I remembered that when I was thinking about how to show off some of our Artizan Made garments, jewelry and accessories. It’s a challenging project because once you have your paper doll, you have to find a garment that looks like it might face the same direction or have a similar pose as the doll. Then, as I got into it, I realized that most people would not group these things together into one outfit. At least, I wouldn’t! I would probably use one or two of them with a neutral background, showing off the handmade things as wearable art. You know, that little black dress with a statement necklace or a wild top with simple jewelry…

But, we live in a time when we can really have fun with color and texture and I thought of some of the icons who have helped liberate us. Iris Apfel, for example…  In her 90’s, she encourages us to enjoy life fully and to express ourselves freely:




Iris Apfel has Artizan Made style!


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Navajo necklace - Hot Moon Collection

Navajo necklace – Hot Moon Collection


Our Paper Doll Fashion Show!

Artizan Made fashion collage pink

Featured: Jewelry by Lilygirl Original Wearable Art, pink boots by Siamese Dream Designs; then on the doll: dress by AllThingsPretty, and a crocheted shawl by HEraMade.



artizan made collage red

Featured: Handwoven red scarf by Mariposa Handwovens, knit red scarf by Wrapture by Inese, purse by Something Else Studio, boots by Siamese Dream Designs;  On the doll, a top by Dianne Koppisch Hricko.

artizan made handmade fashion

Here we have a Marilyn paper doll! She is wearing a Gilgulim necklace, sandals by Siamese Dream Designs and an AllThingsPretty cuff. Also featured are a hand-dyed silk scarf by CherScapes and spiral rings by Down to the Wire Designs.


artizan made fashion collage wax print

This paper doll is wearing a silk scarf by Dianne Koppisch and a tribal silver cuff from Afghan Tribal Arts. If she gets cold, she can reach for the orange Brenda Abdullah Designs coat! The Gilgulim fabric earrings seem like a good fit for her outfit.

More inspiration for being bold and embracing color!

Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA) is a Nigerian artist who has exhibited in top venues, so you may remember seeing some of his work. This is his opulent interpretation of the Last Supper. The message I get from it is of how we have degraded sacred places and spaces in our lives by losing meaning and just being decadent. Whatever the intention, his use of colors and textures is quite inspiring and you can spend some time exploring more on his website.

Yinka Shonibarembe Sculpture - The Last Supper

Yinka Shonibarembe Sculpture – The Last Supper


I first learned about Kaffe Fassett many years ago through the quilt world. But, before that, he was mostly known as a knitwear designer. Considered the King of Color, whatever Kaffe touches becomes transformed into splendor and warmth.

Kaffe Fassett




These icons have allowed their imaginations to come to the surface. They personalize their spaces, their clothing and you can bet that they are not looking at mass production as their core of inspiration. Our Artizan Shops are not all that famous (yet!), but their talent and dedication is one-of-a-kind and we hope that you will support them and bring their work into your world and make it yours.


Iris Apfel quote

Other Features to Explore

Visit our Market for samples of more garments, accessories and jewelry. Most items link to our member shops and sites.

Visit our destination on Etsy for a great handmade selection. Shop ArtizanMade on Etsy You can add keywords to narrow the search: ArtizanMade scarf, ArtizanMade hat and so on.



Comments (2)

  1. debra boudreau 4 years ago

    This is so cool and creative! What a delightful presentation!

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      Rachel 4 years ago

      Thank you, Debra! I had a great time playing with it!

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