Amanda Jackett has spent most of her life pursuing her passion for making art. Over the years teaching herself painting, drawing, pattern making, sewing, and sculpting.
In 2003 she had a personal breakthrough. She realized by combining her scattering of skills, she had found her calling. It was making dolls.
Stemming from a family tradition of making gifts for each other, she crafted her first two dolls. A simple angel for her mom, and a fairy for her sister. Quickly becoming enthralled in the world of making dolls, she works daily at improving her skills and studying the art.
In 2006, Amanda entered her first competition at the CDAA's (Canadian Doll Artist Association) annual conference. She took second place in the polymer category with "Old Crow", a doll from her personal collection.
In 2007 After deciding there was only one way to achieve the creativity she desired. She quit her day job to take on doll making full time. Her time since then has been devoted to making one specific series of dolls each year. As well as taking time to work on commissioned pieces or, making the occasional one-off idea from one of her many sketch books.
Amanda works out of her home studio which is decorated in only a way she could conceive of. Filled with her sculptures, finished dolls, animal skulls, doll parts, and countless other curiosities collected from all over. This is where she finds her inspiration when making dolls.
Recently her two of her dolls were featured in "Dolls" magazine and "Doll Crafter and Costuming".
Living and working in Toronto, On. Canada. She resides with her musician husband (Rick), and two k-9 companions Foxy Lady and Preta Jean.
- Rick Jackett
Each piece is one of a kind. Although I do replicate pieces for commissioned works, they are made from scratch all over again every time. There are no moulds, purchased clothing, or wigs used.
My process of making a doll consists of many steps.
It all begins with a detailed sketch of the doll. Next, is an armature made of copper tubing I solder together into the pre-planned form. I then, like to blend two, sometimes three brands and colors of polymer clays. Different combinations produce different results. Then the sculpting begins. It always starts with the head. And on from there.
Sculpting done, paint, rouge, and eyelashes are applied. Clothes come after that.
The clothing is made by my hand as well. I try to keep the garment unique by using vintage or custom dyed fabrics. I often dye hair for the pieces too. That hair, which is usually mohair or viscose, is fashioned into wigs for the dolls. The wigs are made, and styled much the same way as a human's wig.
All put together, with a few last embellishments, and a beautifully painted wood stand. A bad seed is born.
- Amanda Jackett