Thursday, 17 September 2009

Amanda Fatherazi

Taking craftsmanship, traditional embellishment, and embroidery to a whole new level; Amanda Fatherazi's exquisite dolls stopped us in our tracks. In total awe of her talent, we asked her if she'd tell us a little bit more on how she does it.

Your work has such finesse and flair! Tell us about your creative process - how do you start out making a new doll?

Thank you! I naturally find myself inspired by bygone eras, the sense of style and general aesthetics, which is the common thread throughout my work. The details of each project depend on whether it's self-initiated or I'm working with a client. Whichever it is, I usually begin with sketches and put together mood boards of suitable fabrics. Hunting for vintage fabrics is what I love and sourcing these is a pleasure to me. Once I'm happy - and the client - is happy with the design then I'm ready to start...
Do you find yourself giving each one a characteristic and story as you make each piece or are you more focused on the style and aesthetics of the doll?

To me, style and aesthetics are the most important factor although I do try to make each one unique. A doll may start off with the same face shape or body parts/pattern but due to the nature of fabric I find the character emerges as I'm working on her and her features develop.
Do you have a specific space where you work or are you able to create wherever you are? I usually work from my studio at home as it's well lit and my tools are at hand. Also because the dolls are usually quite large (approx 30 inches) I need quite a big space to work on them.

You’ve created dolls for some beautiful stores. Why do you think that grown up girls still have such a passion for dolls?

Dolls are part of every girl's childhood so I think there's always going to be an emotional connection. As with the original French 1920s boudoir dolls I try to evoke a sense of glamour, and what girl doesn't like a little glamour in her life?

Have you ever made a doll that you simply couldn’t part with?

I find it difficult to part with all my dolls because each one is unique and the time it takes making them. However, I have one which I won't part with although she earns her keep as a sample to show potential clients!

What would be your advice for people entering the Momiji couture contest?

Add as much of your own flavour as you can and have fun.


  1. These dolls are beautiful, I love the use of vintage fabric in determining the overall aesthetic and personality of the each doll. Stunning!

  2. I love these dolls and I congratulate Amanda for creating them.