I wanted to introduce the subject of Course Dolls. Course Dolls were made in Sasha Morgenthaler’s studio between 1970 and 1993. These dolls were made by students and under the guidance of Sasha herself or her assistant. I bought these three course dolls some time ago from sellers in Switzerland.
Growing up with dolls, and with a wonderful Mother who collected dolls, I have a love for many types of dolls. My favorite dolls, before discovering Sasha dolls, were early cloth dolls. So, it was only natural that my first Sasha doll, Gwennie, was a cloth doll with a gypsum head. Soon after Gwennie, I discovered Course Dolls on Shelly’s site and on ebay.
Well, well…sweet Gracie has joined the doll gathering, of COURSE! :). Gracie is certainly the darling here at Sasha Shangri-La and she is particularly fond of the Course Dolls. It is easy to see why Gracie is comfortable around them considering their similar cloth bodies with sewn hinged legs. It is notable that they all have the same birthplace and they all have spent time in Sasha’s studio in Switzerland. As a studio bebe, Gracie’s arms are disc jointed and they pose nicely plus her face was painted by Sasha, herself. Still, she feels a kinship with the Course Dolls and loves to spend time with them. 🙂
I was surprised today when I removed the apron to discover that there are two different fabrics used in her dress. With her apron covering most of the dress front, I was certainly unaware. I have to say that I greatly appreciate the economy of fabric used in these outfits. I also noticed that her white blouse was plain cotton on the body and linen was used on her sleeves! The sleeves show much more than the rest of the blouse.
I thought you would like to see her beautiful collar up close. Again, I am impressed by the practicality of this collar which by its design can be used to “dress up” different outfits or, by removing it, to “dress down” the outfits.
This dear child is a Course Doll that is dressed as a street child. Her wig is a pale reddish color and made of raffia. One of Sasha’s studio dolls shown on the cover of the book “Sasha-Puppen, Sasha Dolls” is so very similar to this Course Doll that I like to think that studio doll inspired this Course Doll. 🙂
Close view of the navy wool socks and worn, black leather shoes (with heels).
Gracie giving a warm hand of friendship to this dear street child. Gracie’s heart goes out to her because she does not smile and her eyes are very sad. She hugs her alot! 🙂
The last two Course Dolls are very, very special and are recent finds at the Sasha Festival in Phoenix. The boy is Heiri and the girl is Laura Marie. Both of these lovely Course Dolls were made by Ann Chandler in 1993. Laura Marie is shown in the book “Sasha Dolls The History” on page 126. Ann explained that Trudi Loffler was the teacher who helped guide the students with the eye painting and the making of the clothing for the dolls. Her wig is made of raffia and the dress fabric was from Sasha’s studio.