We work some amazing Artists from all around the world to bring you the dolls you see and cherish so much. We pride ourselves on collaborating with both world renowned Artists and emerging ones, whose work we want to help bring to a wider audience. If Mayra Garza is not already, she is well on her way to being a household name. Mayra crafts some stunning dolls in her studio in Mexico, and we’ve been lucky to feature her works in our Paradise Galleries line as well as in our One of a Kind Gallery.
Mayra has certainly been busy this year. Her dolls alone have garnered over 5 Doll Awards including 3 Diamond Awards and a Gold Award from the Professional Doll Makers Art Guild.
We asked Mayra what she thinks has changed the most from when she first started sculpting as an Artist to now, and she told us ” Practice makes perfect, I sculpt full-time. It might sound crazy, but I also sculpt to relax in my free time because sculpting dolls for me is not work, it’s my passion! All this practice has helped me to improve my skills and methods during the years.”
One of our favorite dolls from Mayra is Cosita Maria, who celebrates her Mexican Heritage and is actually inspired by one of Mayra’s daughters named Marcela pictured left.
Thank you Mayra, for the beautiful treasures you’ve given us at Paradise Galleries and the rest of the world!
You can view more of Mayra’s work on her website HERE.
We’ve got some amazing fans out there, but you already knew that being one of them! Hearing your stories about how our dolls bring you happiness or incite those sweet childhood memories will never get old for us.
Our Collector Spotlight will feature some of these fans and highlight the things they love most about our dolls .
Without further adieu, meet this month’s Collector, Sheila S.!
She’s been a Paradise Collector for years and we got chatting with her about why.
Here’s what Sheila told us:
” I have loved dolls for as long as I can remember. When I was little I collected all kinds of dolls and stuffed animals. They all were very important to me, we moved alot, I went to 20 different schools always having to start over making friends. My dolls and stuffed animals were always a constant in my life. I started collecting Paradise Galleries dolls last Christmas when I got Picture This, I was in awe of her and have been sharing her story along with my other dolls on Instagram and YouTube. I love their facial expressions and that I can also dress them in real baby clothes.”
A few of Sheila’s favorite dolls
Thanks for sharing Sheila! If you want to be on our Collector Spotlight, send us your story to email@example.com or message us on Facebook!
Most of us love our dolls like they’re our own family, so it’s no wonder we try to take care of them like they are! We can all use a refresher on the best way to care for these artfully crafted treasures. After all, we want them to last us a lifetime!
Always keep in mind that dolls are big in the secondary market, therefore before doing anything else, remember that saving your dolls’ packaging, inserts and certificates can add value to their lifetime. A lower resale value is often the result of not having the original packaging.
So without further adieu, here are our “Paradise Approved” top 7 tips for taking care of your doll!
1.) Dolls should be stored out of direct sunlight in a cool and dry place. Remember to check them from time to time to ensure that there aren’t issues with temperature, dampness, insects or cramped spacing.
2.) Permanent damage can occur if you try and take your doll for a “swim”! Avoid submerging a collectible doll in water.
3.) Use a soft cloth and distilled water without soap, beach or chlorine products for day to day cleaning of both vinyl and porcelain dolls.
4.) A gentle vacuum can be used to vacuum cloth dolls through a layer of netting. Keep in mind that silk should never be vacuumed.
5.) To keep dyes from bleeding over time you can always add a layer of acid free tissue between the dolls clothes and their body.
6.) The quickest way to ruin a dolls hair is by washing it; it will become matted and unmanageable.
7.) Golden rule: Since high quality collectible doll hair is made from synthetic materials, using heated products such as blow dryers, curling irons or flat irons may cause damage to the hair and vinyl. Air drying is always the best option!
Tell us in the comments if you have any “tips” that have worked for you!