Where and how can I buy your work and how can I contact you?
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.
Please contact me via my Etsy shop.
How much are your dolls, miniatures and illustrations?
Figuring out prices can be quite challenging. Most of my 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.
Dolls - between £150 - £300
Miniatures - between £40 - £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. Each piece is hand stitched with the exception of their legs, arms and sometimes bits of their clothing. 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 tend to cherry pick certain projects and don't currently tend to take on small orders but I do welcome inquiries for bigger commissions, collaborations and exhibitions.
How do you protect your Intellectual Property?
As any designer/maker would say, it's quite a challenge when you see people copycat your designs. 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 get bored as they don't really have the passion - either that or they find their own creative path. My dolls have dramatically moved on from that original simple little design I first sketched and stitched in 2011, but there is a huge difference between copying a design for yourself and starting a business stealing someone's intellectual property. Inspirations may be the same but an artist's response is always different. It's part of operating online but designer/makers have a right to be protective of their designs.
Do you have any help with Curious Pip?
I don't have any help with my day to day work. 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 - they are gold dust!
Are your dolls suitable for children?
No they are not suitable for children or play due to their delicate construction.
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