Lori Platt graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2000 with an Associate in Science degree in Graphic Design Technology from Lake-Sumter State College. At the time, she had aspirations of being an illustrator where she would write and illustrate the books that fueled the imaginations of children around the world. However, as the story is often told, life happened along the way and she fell off track from her childhood dream. Even still, she never strayed far from her creative journey and dabbled in nearly every artistic medium she could get her hands on and yet, it seemed like nothing could fully satiate her need of artistic expression. It was not until 2008 when she received a gift of polymer clay and sculpting tools that she had finally found her creative voice that propelled her completely into the world of doll artistry. From that moment forward, Lori has been a figurative sculpture artist creating three-dimensional mixed media art pieces in polymer and paper clay as the primary medium.
Since she likes art that fuels the imagination, it should come to no surprise that her creative influences are famous illustrators such as Arthur Rackham, Brian Froud, and Hobbit lore along with many other fantasy artist. Lori’s love for fantasy-themed art is apparent in her own work, which carries her unique style, whimsy and attention to detail. The subjects she likes to sculpt varies, but you can count on a good mix of pixies, gnomes, dragons and other mythical creatures, including Santa as well, all within their own vignette to bring their stories to life. After years of sculpting, it would eventually become apparent that the art of illustration and story-telling would come to life in her own sculpture work. Today, collector’s all around the world, young and old alike, delight in her sculptural fantasy figures that tell stories as if the pages of a children’s illustration has come to life in front of them.
Aside from Lori’s work being in private collections around the world, she has taken 5 prestigious Dolls in Excellence Awards from Dolls Magazine in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018. Also in 2018, she received the International Doll & Teddy Bear Show Best Fantasy Figure award as well as a Professional Doll Makers Art Guild (PDMAG) Gold Award in 2017. She has also received 4 nominations from the Colliii Awards from Germany as well as their Best One-Of-A-Kind Fantasy Figure in 2012. She has been published in Doll Crafter and Costuming Magazine (now out of print), Dolls Magazine, the Orlando Arts Magazine, International Doll Artist, and the internationally distributed Pretty Toys Magazine. Lori is also an outstanding and active member of the International Art Doll Registry (IADR) and the Professional Doll Makers Guild (PDMAG). She currently volunteers as a mentor to other artist in the IADR and PDMAG organizations and serves as one of the judge’s for the bi-monthly competitions with the IADR for over 5 years. Lori’s work can be found at various shows including the Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear Show, the International Doll and Teddy Show (IDTS), and formerly the International Doll Exposition (IDEX-which is no longer running), the Spirit’s in Sanford Show, as well as various local outdoor festivals in the Central Florida area where she has been fortunate to have had pieces selected for judging while showing in some of these prestigious outdoor events.
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