All creations begin with a thought. These thoughts are then sketched on paper to get them out of my head. These sketches serve as a road map for the final doll. The finished Art Doll rarely looks exactly like the sketch. The sketch is a map for the journey, the steps on the road are taken one at a time with many detours. I make good use of all the odds and ends acquired over the years. With an eye toward originality and quality, vintage lace and trims are combined with vintage textiles or buttons saved from discarded clothing. Fine old silks and linens with embroidery, sequins and beading are favorites. I use velvet from curtains, yarn from sweaters, and leather salvaged from old boots and handbags.
Founded in 2012, Brooklyn Dollworks, LLC represents the work of artist Valerie A. Gladstone.” I am an artist and like many other artists, I am compilation of many things.
As a native New Yorker and the youngest of seven children, there was always something to do, paint, sculpt, play, sing or witness. Every experience, meal, journey,
emotion, or dream, informs our work. Whichever medium you work in has to lend itself to that expression. I have found Art Dolls to fill this expression. “
Future plans for Brooklyn Dollworks include the addition of other mixed-media figurative artists. In the 21st century digital world our mission is to promote artists whose work in the traditional methods push the art form. Lending support to these artists through public showings, at juried shows and craft fairs as well as through printed and digital publications.