My name is Jennifer Jones and I am the designer and creator of BuTT UgLee. I live in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania.
My website BuTTUgLee.com features my portfolio and acts as a hub for my business. You can purchase my creations on BuTTUgLee.Etsy.com. I have been a part of the Etsy community since 2007. Etsy has enabled me to sell my creations all over the world. It is also a great place for me to connect with other artists.
So Here is the story ...
I have designed and created many different styles of BuTT UgLee Dolls over the years. They were small, large, painted, aged, sanded, dressed, or naked. Some were soft sculptures, while others were painted and hung on the wall. I loved them all! Having a variety made creating so much more fun!
That said ...
It is now the year 2020, and I have a few NEW tricks up my sleeve!
My goal was to create a few treasures that fed my soul yet didn't tie me down to a massive studio, a ridiculous amount of supplies plus the wear and tear on my aging hands. It also had to be portable, so that I could work on the go.
I made the executive decision to create characters in miniature. Using linen, bits of yummy fabric, hand-dyed wool for hair, and my new found love for modern embroidery gave birth to a more current version of BuTT UgLee Dollies! Yeah, Baby!
Here is the best part!
The voices in my head came BACK! Yes, they did!
I was concerned that the creative process that was so successful in the past might be old and buried. Well, butter my biscuit! They were back and back in full swing! The voices that gave each Doll a name and a story to tell, all on their own.
It gets even better!
I started to feel like a was a glorious combination of a Den Mother, Head Mistress of an orphanage, guidance counselor, probation officer, foster parent, trusted friend, and mother to hopefully hundreds of dollies. Their individual stories are buzzing around in my head like a flock of Bees. (I know "flock' is the wrong word; work with me here!)
Each Doll is a one-of-a-kind!
I sketch an outline of their body on fresh linen. The form and shape of the face look different every time. There is no way for me to make an exact match. This part of the process is part of the magic. Arms and legs are strips of suede. Hair is hand-dyed wool from a talented artist on Etsy. Dresses fashioned of brightly colored cotton fabrics and embellished with coordinating embroidery floss. Faces are hand-embroidered, while Cheeks are compliments of Sephora.
So much freakin fun!
Thanks in advance for your patience. I intend to get several Dolls uploaded to ETSY by January 21st. Then I will begin adding all of my new embroidery designs. We haven't even talked about that yet!
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