Little Vanities

Little Vanities: A new series of very small dolls created from vintage cosmetic and toiletry samples. Dolls are approximately 4″ tall (though sometimes the feathers got a little out of control!)

House of Vanities

Top to bottom/Left to Right:

Blue Gemma; Crazy Blue; Rainbow Feathers; Feather Head;

Flapper; Great Fun; Leaves and Feathers; La France; Shawly;

Silver Flapper; Blue Winter; Pink Winter

Little Leather Library Series

Constructed from vintage volumes of the Little Leather Library – miniature copies of classic literature published between 1916 and 1923. Dolls are approximately 9″ high.

From 1916 to 1923, the Little Leather Library Corporation published miniature books of literary classics. The books measured approximately 3”x4” and eventually included over a hundred titles. The books were first distributed as free premiums in Whitman’s Chocolate Boxes, and later were sold through the mail and in department stores such as Woolworth’s. Ultimately over 25 million little books were sold. Books in good condition are considered collectable today.

The volumes used in the Little Leather Library Doll series were not in good shape! I discovered about a dozen in a plastic bag in a back corner of my favorite consignment shop last summer. They became the first set of dolls – made as gifts for my co-workers at the Jamestown Philomenian Library. Since then I have found more books on EBay being sold “as is” – in most cases, covers that are ok and pages that are disintegrating.  Perfect for repurposing!

Dolls shown in the Project Gallery are a combination of those that have already found new homes and those that are still for sale.  Please check the Purple Tree Shop to see the dolls that are available for purchase.

Special orders may be possible, limited by available materials and book titles (see the list). Customization can include choice of book, colors used, and embellishments to personalize the doll. If you are interested in a customized doll please email: jkpurpletree@gmail.com.

Rag Tag Emmas

Books and Dolls Combined

Oddities

Handmade Books

Deep in a Dream: A Book Made of Glass

Le Cirque Mysterieux: Star Book Structure with digital composite inserts

Chinese Thread Book made with Lokta paper

Set of mini books
Model: Caterpillar Stitch
Cabinet Card Books

Digital Composites

Visual Story-Telling with vintage and original photographs.

Bubbles
Labyrinth
The Swan
Perilous Climb
Charlie Chaplin
Tugboat
The Prisoner
Painted Woman

Stories and Poems

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Dark and Stormy Night – How many cliches can you find?

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Dragons in the Garden: The story of a girl and her dragons

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Dreaming

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Minna the Cat supports meditation.

Shows and Awards

Spark in the Dark DeBlois Gallery, Newport, RI September 2018

“Anything Goes” Best in Show, DeBlois Gallery Open Show 2018. (Now in collection of Eric J. Roundy)
“When I was Six” Best in Show, DeBlois Gallery 2017