Where and how can I buy your work?
With a few exceptions most of the pieces I make today I sell in my Etsy shop. I showcase my working progress and inspirations via social media (Instagram is my main platform) I rarely reserve items these days due to a high demand in requests. When I list items they do sell quickly. Keep your eyes peeled and act fast is my advice. You can always email me for a more accurate listing time especially if there is a doll you feel desperate to purchase.
How much are your dolls, miniatures and illustrations?
Figuring out prices can be quite challenging. Remember most art dolls are one off, unique and handmade. I rarely make two of the same doll and I often work with scraps of original vintage fabrics and finds. Demand for my hand stitched pieces at the level they are currently at has resulted in me being able to put higher prices on my work. I feel this now properly reflects my craftsmanship, time, vision and dedicated following.
Dolls - between £150 - £300
Miniatures - between £20 - £60
Prints and Card Sets - between £10 - £30
How long do your dolls take?
It is quite difficult to pin point the exact length of time my dolls take as I often work on 3-4 dolls at a time. I would estimate between 5 and 10 hours from design, making and photographing to listing in my shop for sale.
Do you take on custom orders or commissions?
I'm sorry to say I don't currently take on custom orders. Again, demand got rather high and it was something I couldn't keep up with. I am happier working in my own bubble and at my own pace. Having said that, I do sometimes take limited orders on certain designs for my popular works such as my mermaids, doll faces and showgirls. When I have availability to make a handful of these I will announce via social media.
How do you protect your copyright?
It's a tricky one. It is quite hard to swallow when I see people copycat my early designs (especially my bumper bang Land Girls) with the distinct large oval eyes and long straight legs etc.. I try not to get my knickers in too much of a twist over it though as the majority who keep going with their business find their own creative path. My dolls faces have dramatically moved on from that original simple little design I first sketched and stitched in 2011. There is a huge difference though between being inspired and starting a business stealing someone's intellectual property. It's part of operating online and needs to be tackled sensitively and without social media bad mouthing.
Do you have any help with Curious Pip?
I don't have any help with my day to day work no. I create each piece myself. I do all the administration, photographing, packaging and posting. I have a small studio space in my 1930's home in Bristol and generally work between 9 and 3 then again between 8 and the small hours if the morning if the mood takes me!
Do you have any training?
I am a self taught designer/maker so with the exception of the odd illustration course I have taught myself completely. I wrote and illustrated stories about my dolls as a little girl as well as making them clothes. I made my first Pip doll to sell in 2011 and since then my designs for my dolls and illustrations has progressed and evolved into what 'Pip' is now.
Do you sell your patterns?
No, I don't sell my patterns and templates.
Are your dolls suitable for children?
No they are not suitable for children or play due to their delicate construction.
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