Lori Platt is an imaginative, self-taught artdoll and figurative artist who is driven by an incredible passion for self-expression through art. Her works are often noted for their unique style, whimsey and attention to detail. She has developed an innovative style that is derived from her favorite artdoll artists from around the world; including those works of Netherland artists Ankie Daanen, Hannie Sarris, and Ana Salavador. German artist Chopoli, as well as the works of American artdoll artists Wendy Froud, Mark Dennis, and Jack Johnston.
Her use of simple color schemes and character subject matter bring each doll to life with their own personalities. She feels that each doll she creates must tell it's own story and bring the pages to life with a visual reference. She believes one-of-a-kind artdolls make a great gift for any occasion, one day possibly becoming coveted family heirlooms. Her artdolls are found in private collections around the world.
She graduated with Magna Cum Laude in 2000 with an Associate in Science degree in Graphic Design Technology from Lake Sumter Community College in Leesburg, Florida. She was inducted as a member of Phi Theta Kappa during her studies there, but it was a long road of artistic exploration that finally landed her into the world of creating one-of-a-kind artdolls.
Like many artist, she expressed an interest in the arts at a very early age. As with all children, she doodled with crayons and built oddities with play doh. She experimented with the fiber arts as well, learning to sew, crochet, cross stitch and the art of quilt making. It was not until her adult years, when she entered the graphic design course when she realized the sky was the limit and began using more refined tools for creating her art.
From the community college, she proceeded into the world as a fine arts artist using pastels, pen and ink, and water color where she has taken many ribbons for her fine art work, shown in prestigious shows and has had her illustrations reach publi-cation. But, alas, there was still something missing. Eventually, she put away her easel and pastels, and closed up her pen and ink bottles having loss the interest in the once coveted items.
She then began to look for a new medium to occupy her time that would employ all of her creative interest and started to create sculpted cloth dolls. At this time, her observant husband noted she was having a lot of fun creating these little whimsical dolls and so, purchased for her a Christmas gift "How to build a Santa Claus from polymer clay" kit. This one gift opened a door to a world of fanciful creation with possibilities that never seize to amaze.
Lori's dolls are created using the finest quality products of clays including Prosculpt, Fimo, and Super Sculpey, baked to the manufacturer's specifications. No molds are ever used to create them, nor are any taken from them. These are true, one-of-a-kind art dolls. They consist of a wire armature, some are poseable with a cloth body and some are fully-sculpted figurines. Their costumes are hand-tailored with clothing patterns designed by Lori as well. Sometime they have hand-painted eyes, but most of the time they have glass eyes or hand-made glass-like eyes. Their hair ranges from tibetan lambs wool, mohair, or viscose. There is a lot of time, thought and love into creating each and every detail of her one-of-a-kind artdolls. Regardless of the story they tell, they are sure to bring a lot of love and happiness to their owner!
If you are interested in contacting the artist, you may do so at firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow me on my blog for current works in progress at http://thepixieknoll.blogspot.com
Also, visit my etsy store where all my doll and figures are listed at http://www.pixieknoll.etsy.com