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He who works with his hands is a labourer.
He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.
He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.

 

Katie Hughdie

I love special requests from my customers - it is so exciting to bring their vision of a special doll alive - I never get tired of hearing "It's just what I wanted - I LOVE it!" It is so rewarding for me.

Biography

Katie was born in 1981, in Edmonton, AB, but was raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Her mother taught her to sew at age 8, and she then continued to make and design toys for her younger siblings.

As a largely self-taught artisan, Katie enjoyed learning new techniques from other fabric artists, as well as creating her own through the creative process. She works mostly with vintage, re-purposed linens, and loves to incorporate these into her sewing projects.

As a stay-at-home mom, Katie is mostly inspired by her 3 young children. She hopes to expose all children to diversity by creating dolls that do not adhere to societal norms and ideals. She lives and works in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Artist's Statement

I am most inspired by my children. Watching them play and seeing the direction their interests take them always gives me ideas for creating new art pieces. I am always thinking about how to give my designs more depth and interest for a child - it is my goal to spark their imaginations and set off a domino effect of make believe, pretend play.

My own childhood interests and memories also play a big role in my artistic process, and I gain further inspiration from lovely vintage illustrations in children's books. I am always drawn to vintage themes and colour schemes! I primarily work with vintage, re purposed linens and love the patina, inherent shabbiness and romanticism found in the fabrics. I believe that fabric tells a story, especially when it has some age.

I want my work to change people's perceptions of dolls, because there is an underlying, deeper purpose to these creations. I strive to help create a play environment for a child that exposes them to diversity, which, in turn enables them to grow into accepting, non-judgmental adults who can live peacefully in a diverse world. My artistic process not only follows the traditional approach to play, it also teaches children to celebrate their own and others' differences and that is why I am so passionate about it.

Most of my work features a small felt heart, which is fused onto the fabric and then hand-stitched to give it a patchy look. These hearts are an extra little bit of love from me and give my signature to each piece.