Several years ago Allen started on a journey into dollmaking. With a keen interest in antique storybook illustrations, he decided to bring these quaint images to life.
Each of these whimsical small vignettes is meticulously reproduced by hand from Allen’s originals. Up to seven different mediums are used in their construction, making them extremely detailed and difficult to create. Bethany hopes you will share in her enthusiasm for the quality and craftsmanship of these pieces.
“Step into my imagination. Dream a little fancy, make a lovely wish, and be swept away by the emotion of a touch of the past.”
Bonnie Barrett is a self taught artist that started her career airbrushing artistic creations on vans, race cars and other motor vehicles. She ventured into the wholesale / retail market in 1990 opening Boardwalk Originals, a family operation that she started in her basement.
Boardwalk Originals’ hand painted dummy boards have been seen in many venues including movies, restaurants, major retail stores and small shops across the country. Bonnie has become well known for her unique style, quality, and versatility of her boards. Bonnie has made many products throughout the years including paper mâché and clay sculptures. She is not limited to just painting, although painting is her passion.
Like many Artists, I am deeply influenced by the antique bug and collecting. A self-taught artist from an early age, I have left my mark on most everything I came in contact with… literally!!
For many years, with the support of my loving husband, we did Art & Craft Shows plus an occasional Doll Show with my own designs. During this time I was always learning and experimenting with all types of mediums. The ‘magic moment’ happened when I tried Papier Mache. This was it! It’s easy to get lost in the momemt of creating – some are planned out and others are happy accidents. They are my babies. They all have a familar look or trait, but each is its own character. Faces are what I look at and what I enjoy doing most. All my work is colorful, sometimes humorous, just silly, sweet or even a little scary!! At this point in life, I’m just getting into my stride. So many ideas and critters yet to be born.
Bethany Lowe had acquired “HopHopJingleBoo” original creations for her personal halloween collection before teaming with Debra to market handmade paper pulp reproductions of her work. We are excited that Debra is part of our wonderful group of talented folk artists.
Since early childhood, whimsical art has been a natural way for Johanna to express her creative imagination. Her artistic mother led her along the path of crafting, and encouraged Johanna to start exhibiting her folk art at the age of 12.
Illustration and paint became the focus of her talents, and as a young adult, she was drawn to the arts in papier mache, discovering that her abilities as a painter complemented her sculptured creations.
Inspired by her collections of vintage holiday novelties and a birthday on October 31st, Johanna admits that her favorite subject matter is indeed Halloween, but all holiday themes are fun to create. Her wish is to spread smiles and cheer with each creation and for every generation.
My desire to express myself through art was something I inherited as a child. Growing up in a family of wildly creative and imaginative women, I cannot remember a day when we were not up to something. Creating dolls and whimsical figures was a way of life. I owe my love of the holidays to these women who wove a magic web of merriment and mischief around me, spurring my imagination on.
Over the years, my artistic journey has taken me through several mediums such as porcelain, polymer clays, to my favorite sculpting medium, paper clay. I am honored and thankful to say my art has been featured in several doll and craft magazines over the years. Sculpting my Charmed Confections is definitely my passion and giving each a little “twinkle” in their expression brings them to life. It is my hope collectors will find the charm in my pieces, evoking feelings of their own childhood memories. I am excited and thrilled to be part of the Bethany Lowe family of artists and share my art with you!
An entire industry has grown up around Mary Engelbreit, but it all began with a young girl who just wanted to draw pictures.
Mary Engelbreit is known throughout the world for her distinctive illustration style, imbued with spirited wit and nostalgic warmth. The unmatched following for her work has grown with a range of licensed products that stretches from calendars, to best-selling children’s books, millions of greeting cards sold each year, and thousands of gifts, crafts and home accents.
Michelle Allen began her artistic career by creating cloth dolls (mostly snowmen and rag dolls). In 2004, her doll pattern line “Raggedy Pants Designs” was born. Michelle’s hope and ultimate goal is to create pieces of art that will be cherished for generations.
The company Nostalgie-Christbaumschmuck UG creates beautiful nostalgic Christmas ornaments that are mouth-blown and artisan-made just like at the beginning of the 19th Century. Made from restored original old molds, they are affectionately hand-painted, patinated and topped with stylish iron caps in the proper traditional style. These Christmas tree decorations and manufacturing methods are derived from the old Thuringian glass-blowing tradition at Lauscha. The forms originate from the collection of a traditional third-generation glass-blowing family. Each mold has been carefully restored and is a work of art. Bethany Lowe Designs is proud to be working together with these wonderful artisans to bring you authentic hand-blown German ornaments.
Art– always a part of her life, Inspiration– her mother and best friend, God rest her precious soul. Robin’s father and biggest fan, always encourages and supports her work, along with her family.
“Self taught” we tag it, but with successes and failures, having been taught and mistaught, inspired, uninspired, led and misled all by “self taughters,” Robin has found her niche creating whimsical folk art dolls.
Outside the Box Primitives dolls have been published in many popular craft and doll magazines. The cloth dolls are available as one-of-a-kind from her website. Robin is excited and honored to bring exclusive designs to you through Bethany Lowe, and thanks her for this rare opportunity.
For nearly 300 years, The Saturday Evening Post has chronicled American history in the making—reflecting the distinctive characteristics and values that define the American way. Tracing its roots to Benjamin Franklin, The Saturday Evening Post mirrors cherished American ideals and values, most memorably illustrated by its iconic cover artist Norman Rockwell.The Post went on to feature artwork from over 500 illustrators including J.C. Leyendecker, N.C. Wyeth, John Falter and Stevan Dohanos. The Post is also known for publishing such literary greats as Ray Bradbury, Agatha Christie, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edgar Allan Poe, J.D. Salinger, and Kurt Vonnegut, to name a few. Having been at the side of Americans in various forms since 1728, through the events and cultural shifts that have shaped the country’s character, The Saturday Evening Post remains America’s Magazine.
I announced at the age of nine that when I grew up I would be an artist and live in the mountains. Although I have always made things, my career as an artist started when I was 29. Then, in the spring of 1995, I moved to the mountain and have been there ever since.
Halloween and Christmas hold special meaning to me because they give me the opportunity to express the child-like feelings I had when I was nine. Plus holidays, let’s face it, are cool! I hope you enjoy seeing the holidays through my eyes.
Growing up in Frankfurt, Ohio, that was originally known as Old Town, I have always been fascinated by old things – old houses, old furniture and old toys.
I remember some of the first old Santa figures I ever saw and feeling the strong connection they brought between the present and so many long-ago Christmases.
Although I loved those old holiday gents, I really couldn’t afford them so I decided to make just one Santa. That was over 20 years ago, and there is always just one more.
Along the way, vintage Halloween became another interest and passion. It’s such a fun way for me to express my creativity. I am proud to join all of the many talented artists represented by BLD.
We are always taking submissions of artwork from prospective artists. Bethany Lowe will review all submissions personally.
Artists should include their contact information, a letter of introduction with a short bio, a description of their designs, photos of their work and website/and or blog if they have one.
Please send all inquiries or submissions attention to Wendy Taets at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to our office address:
Bethany Lowe Designs, Inc.
Attn: Wendy Taets
16655 County Hwy 16, Osco, IL 61274