The Artist

My name is Rivkah, and I consider myself a doll/fiber/mixed media artist.  I've been creating dolls since 2001, and I've been sewing since high school in the mid-80's. 

I love fabric.  I also adore sewing.  I combine clays, paints, and other mediums with needle, thread and cloth to create whimsical characters in fine form.   I've made up a few really intriguing techniques over the years, and share them on my blog.  A few of my dolls have been published in magazines including Art Doll Quarterly, Soft Dolls and Animals, and books by leading cloth doll artist/authors Patti Culea and Li Hertzi. I have a few instructional patterns for sale, and I dream of authoring a "serious" doll making book someday.

I reside in Brooklyn, NY with my husband David.  I've moved around a bit over the past decade, having spent some time in Israel and Seattle, WA.  

I am a tax accountant by profession, and work for the Comptroller's Office in NYC.  It's a nice job, but truth be told I think I'd rather be Chief Doll Artist on some island somewhere.  Ok, maybe not an island- but I'd definitely love to use my Bernina sewing machine rather than Excel spreadsheets all day!  Nonetheless, Brooklyn is where I live, Manhattan is where I work, and a traditional 40-hour work week is how I must sustain myself and my habits in the studio (aka very small teeny-weeny urban spare bedroom).  

I think that being an accountant and being an artist go hand in hand because both disciplines require diligence, patience, and accuracy.  They also demand an almost insane intolerance for errors.  
I guess it's part of the personality :-)  

Art and dolls are my passion, and I find time to create wherever possible.  Living in tight urban quarters in a fast-paced city like NYC is not ideal for creative mindset.  But when there is a will, there is a way!

Thank you for visiting my website, and I hope you enjoy your stay!  
I love it when others write to me and share their doll making adventures and skills with me because it keeps me inspired. 

 

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"It all started back in high school, when I had a sewing class in the 12th grade.  My mother was complaining about how it was such a "waste" to buy a pattern, fabric, interfacing, lining, zipper, and the whole nine yards for a skirt that would "never come out anyway."  Most of the girls in that class didn't finish their project, but my mom ended up wearing mine to work!  That experience stayed with me through the years.

When my daughters were very young, I couldn't resist dressing them like adorable little dolls.  I made them the most adorable matching dresses in the world, and they were everyone's sweethearts.  My creativity seemed endless, and I never grew tired of sewing.  I did get very tired of cleaning ketchup and soup off their dresses though... until I realized that I could make "real" dolls instead!" 

It wasn't long before I discovered the wonderful online doll artist community, and was invited by Patti Culea to participate in her book, Creative Cloth Doll Faces.  I was so flattered and full of confidence because of Patti, much like I felt in high school.  Over the years, I've become completely enamored by this art form, and the rest is history!"

Some places where Rivkah's dolls have appeared:

Creative Cloth Doll Faces By Patti Medaris Culea

Art Doll Adventures by Li Hertzi

Soft Dolls & Animals Magazine, Scott Publications

Art Doll Quarterly Magazine, Stampington & Company- Spring 2006


"I believe that my dolls have character.  If they decide to break free in the middle of the night, it isn't my responsibility ;-) "  ~Rivkah
 
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