Monday, December 5, 2016

Goldie Wilson's New Doll Style

Super-talented dollmaker, Goldie Wilson

“Goldie Wilson's journey into the doll world began at the age of five when her grandmother, a seamstress, taught her to sew and cut paper patterns for clothes.  ‘A child has to be able to do something useful,’ her grandmother would say.  By the time she was seven, Goldie could embroider, crochet, and tat.  One day all of these endeavors would become very handy in her dollmaking.” (Profile of a Collector, Goldie Wilson, Fall/Winter 2004 The Black Doll-E-Zine.)

Collectors across the United States know the name Goldie Wilson and love her original dolls, which are made using molds she sculpts and dressed in clothing she makes.  Goldie's popularity has led to creating "souvenirs for doll club luncheons as well as UFDC (United Federation of Doll Clubs) luncheons and conventions.  Goldie’s doll art is also featured in several doll books.  She normally works in porcelain and creates oil-painted cloth dolls as well.  A few of Goldie’s 2016 cloth doll Christmas ornaments can be seen in a post on my Black Doll Collecting blog

In the past, the majority of Goldie's porcelain dolls were 20+ inches in height.  They are now much smaller with the porcelain dolls ranging from 10-14 inches tall.  The oil-painted cloth dolls are 18 inches.  The following photos illustrate a variety of Goldie’s new, smaller dolls.  Please note that all the dolls in this post have been sold.

The first group of dolls are Adelaide, a 14-inch porcelain doll with her own story that Goldie wrote. Adelaide was made for a UFDC luncheon where the dolls were auctioned and all sold.



Centerpiece doll (Adelaide) at UFDC luncheon holds her extra dress.
Luncheon doll (another Adelaide) with trunk of clothing made by Goldie

Goldie also makes Bleuette-style dolls with porcelain heads and jointed wooden bodies.

This lovely Bleuette by Goldie also has extra clothes.  

Goldie's oil-painted cloth dolls are all one of a kind.  A few examples of these are shown below: 



Learning to do something useful, as her grandmother advised, has led to a rewarding dollmaking avocation. As evidenced by the dolls in this post, almost as soon as a doll is made by her talented hands, it sells. 

Goldie is currently busy working on convention and luncheon dolls for next year.  If interested in acquiring dolls from her in the future, she may be contacted by email at:

1 comment:

  1. What a talented woman. All of her dolls are lovely. I like that Goldie is also continuing traditions like that doll with a trousseau. That's so rare to see. Thank you for the great pictures.


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