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  • The Magic of the Doll: An Introductory Note
  • 1. Why This Mother Plays With Dolls
  • 2. A Way to See Who You Are
  • 3. Playing With a Group
  • 4. How to Get Permission to Play Alone
  • 5. A Space to Play In
  • 6. Ten Modular Dolls and I
  • 7. A Day in Class With the Modular Doll
  • 8. Other Artists at Play With the Modular Doll

Title: Mother Plays With Dolls...and finds an important key to unlocking creativity
Author: Elinor Peace Bailey
Publication Date: TPB:1990
Publisher: EPM Publications, McLean, VA
Page Count: 93
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10" x 7"
ISBN: 0939009390

SUMMARY- This isn't a craft book, but a book about dollmakers, more specifically, dollmakers I have gotten to know through magazines like "The Cloth Doll," "Soft Dolls & Animals" and the books they've written themselves. I didn't know what to expect when I ran across a copy of this book and decided to order it. I'm glad I did. I feel I know these women, and it's a little uncomfortable, because I know I am and will always be a complete stranger to them, which makes me a bit of a peeping tom, peering into their lives and their creativity. My only defense is that they invited me to look through the window they provided. Ms. Bailey has a talent for words and expression, which gives the window a transparency few writers achieve. If you have an interest in the women(and men) who were the heart of the cloth doll renaissance of the 80's, you can catch a glimpse of many of them yourself in this book. I recommend it.