Welcome to Carolyn Doughty Dolls
Please buy only authentic silicone and vinyl kits. There are a lot of illegal copies finding their way into the market. Do not buy cheap knock-offs, they are illegal copies of artists' work and in buying these cheap kits, you are harming the doll artists and harming the art of doll making in general. I am proud to support authentic reborn and silicone artists.
I'm absolutely delighted this morning to wake up to the news that I came second in the Professional Doll Makers Art Guild (PDMAG) annual Gold Awards. It is such an honour!
This also means my photo entry will go into the prestigious International Doll Artists magazine.
I am simply blown away
About the Artist:
My name is Carolyn Doughty and I live in Preston, Lancashire (in the North West of England), with my partner Joe, my five cats (Coco, Merlin, Phoebe and Joey and Cookie) and Labrador dog (Pepper).
I have always been passionate about art and crafts ... and have tried just about every craft pastime. But my major love was always portraiture, especially children and babies.
In Spring 2011 I found a picture of a reborn baby on the internet. I could not believe it was not a real baby, but a doll. I was utterly fascinated and by the end of the weekend I had ordered a kit, and all the paints and materials I needed to learn to reborn one of these gorgeous kits. When the kit arrived, I just sat and looked at it, stunned by how beautiful that little baby face was, fascinated by the little fingers and toes.
By 2013 I had quite a few lovely reborns under my belt and then I came across a silicone baby on the internet. Well... I wanted to know how to make these gorgeous babies. I could find no information at all about how to make a silicone, so I decided to work it out for myself. I went on a mould-making residential course, and started to teach myself to sculpt. It was over a year before I made a head that was good enough to show anybody, but I was also having difficulty with moulds and materials. It cost me a LOT of wasted money on trial and error, at that time there was no information on what materials or techniques and people who were already making silicone babies tended to keep their trade secrets to themselves. I started my own YouTube channel sharing what I had learnt and encouraging others to learn the craft. I don't believe in keeping things to myself.
In 2016 I met Ja'mir who had been making clay magical people and ball joint dolls and was starting to move into silicone - elves, faeries, dragons. We started working together and formed 'Our World of Chi' which was my main focus until Ja'mir left the partnership in 2021.
So then we were in the midst of the pandemic, it was a bleak and worrying time for all of us, and as a doll artist working from home, was quite isolating, doll shows were cancelled and spending hours and hours in your own company does little for your creative juices!
So now it is 2023, and I am kick-starting my doll business with new branding, a fresh new approach and a great deal of excitement and enthusiasm ... exciting times ahead!