Two Studio Doll Interpretations by Janet Myhill-Dabbs

Last year I was thrilled to learn that Janet Myhill-Dabbs was planning to interpret 20 studio dolls made by Sasha Morgenthaler herself. I contacted Janet and she provided a list of the dolls she had under consideration. From there, we selected two dolls and I packed up two Sasha doll candidates and sent them on their way to Janet. This first doll is a doll that I particularly liked in the Sasha-Puppen Book plus I had seen her in museum photos that have been shared on facebook. Β She is #11 Blond Smock. πŸ™‚

This lovely Certificate was made by Janet. As you can see, this pretty girl began life as a blonde Gregor. πŸ™‚

The back of the Certificate explains how Janet came to create the studio interpretations. ❀

Here is the lovely girl who just arrived at Sasha Shangri-La last week. She was created last Fall in 2014 and she remained in the UK in order to attend the wonderful Sasha Celebration last month. Β  I am happy that those in attendance were able to see her in person. πŸ™‚

A closer view of this soft, sensitive girl. ❀

Janet made her entire outfit with wonderful handmade layers of clothing. πŸ™‚

Her socks are handknitted and her slip on shoes are made of leather.  Wonderful attention to detail. ❀

A lovely scarf as adornment plus flowers in her hair. ❀

A very pretty pose. πŸ™‚

A side profile of this dear, sweet girl. ❀

A photo of the back of her studio dress with tiny little buttons and her fabulous braid that Janet wove into her hair at my request. It was important to me to have this pretty braid addition for this girl and Janet made it so. πŸ™‚

The second Studio interpretation is #7, Red Smock. Β She was also created last Fall and was part of Janet’s display at the recent Sasha Celebration. πŸ™‚

This beauty began life as a White Dress girl. πŸ™‚

I love the fabric used for her studio dress. It reminds me of a sputnik-type or atomic age design. ❀

A beautiful girl now living at Sasha Shangri-La. πŸ™‚

I love her strong facial features. Her unique sprinkling of freckles are a perfect surrounding to her green eyes. Β Her hair was perfect as is and was left alone and it still has that hard to find, new doll smell. πŸ™‚

She has lovely under garments that she shyly agreed to show. πŸ˜‰

The knitted stripy socks and leather studio shoes are perfect. ❀

She is watching a butterfly that is floating by. πŸ™‚

A beautiful, pensive girl. ❀

Thank you for visiting the blog and I hope you enjoyed seeing two of Janet’s studio renditions. It is very special to be a part of this tribute to the artistic genius of Sasha Morgenthaler. ❀

17 thoughts on “Two Studio Doll Interpretations by Janet Myhill-Dabbs

  1. Two gorgeous girls whom it was a pleasure to meet in person at the Sasha Celebration Weekend – wonderful that they are now living with you Ginger on the farm and nice that they have each other as well. A wonderful project indeed.

    • Thank you Lorraine. I am happy you met them at that special Sasha gathering. On this end, I enjoyed seeing the displays in everyone’s photos. It is hard to take them all in at one time so I was hoping this post might provide a little more detail about these two dolls for us to enjoy. It was indeed a very wonderful project by Janet. ❀ xxx

  2. Oh! I hadn’t realised that you had TWO of these truly memorable dolls! How wonderful.

    Not being on Facebook etc I hadn’t seen Janet’s request for the dolls etc. so the first I heard and saw of the project was when the first group were on show at the October CnS and even then I wasn’t able to take a close look being tied up behind the camera taking photos of all the visiting Course Dolls and Toddlers for the blog.
    Therefore I was determined to spend plenty of time and have a really good look at all twenty at the Sasha Celebration weekend before they were spilt up and returned to their owners. They made a truly magnificent display.

    When there Janet informed me which dolls she was keeping and I meet two more of the new ‘mummies’ but would love to eventaually know who now owns all the rest.

    That Gregor was the perfect candidate for the Blonde Smock and particularly loved the additional little back braid to the ‘Gregor’….plus the eye colouring and freckles of the Sasha Red Smock Just adore feckles on the Sasha dolls.
    Fab materials used for the dresses

    Loved too the accompanying info. cards that came with each doll.
    Thanks for sharing these two beauties here.

    • Hi Kendal and I am so happy you enjoyed this post and it is extra special that you and those attending the Sasha Celebration weekend were able to see all 20 dolls in person.

      It was delightful to work with Janet through the entire process. She was so very understanding and flexible and her talent is just amazing! The certificates or cards are works of art themselves! The best of paper stock was used along with wonderful photography and beautiful hand-written details. It is so nice to see these special touches. πŸ™‚

      The two dolls of mine that I had available last year really defined the studio dolls that I chose with Janet. I think they were very good dolls, or “templates” as Janet calls them, for these particular studio interpretations.

      While there are some drawbacks to facebook, I have to say that I am grateful to facebook for the Sasha groups. I don’t think that Janet and I would have “me”t one another and be friends today without facebook support though I am certain our friendship would now survive without it. πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much for writing and I always enjoy your thoughtful comments and insights. I will be posting, in the next day or so, two other dolls that Janet has repainted for me. They were also on display at the Sasha Celebration weekend and they both have captured my heart, especially one particular girl that takes my breath away. ❀ xxx

      • OH again! I didn’t know that you have another TWO of these dolls.
        Are you able to please spill the beans to me ‘privately’ by email as to who they are….. as I don’t think that I can wait for another couple of days to discover that here!

  3. What a wonderful post Ginger, I love seeing the girlies now in their new home, I expect they are really enjoying the farm and the company of your incredible collection. The little redhead looks enchanted by her new surroundings and the little blond is quietly taking it all in, as is her manner! xx

    • Thank you Janet! I am so glad you enjoyed seeing your girls again. I do hope this post supports and aptly conveys to our Sasha viewers how special these dolls are now that you have transformed them into a rendition of a studio doll. I think your work is a touching and a remarkable tribute to Sasha Morgenthaler’s studio dolls. ❀

      Both girls are very happy to be out in the fresh air and yesterday was a particularly beautiful and non-humid day which was nice to enjoy outdoors. Thank you again for these lovely dolls. ❀ xxx

  4. I also have one of Janet’s wonderful dolls made for her project. For the 2016 SF, it would be nice to put together an exhibit of as many of the 20 dolls now in the U.S. Would you like to spearhead such a project and get in touch with Sheila? Or is such an exhibit already in the works for Ft. Worth? Boohoo, I’m sad I won’t be there.

    • Hi Anne! So nice to hear from you and I am happy you have one of Janet’s dolls too. πŸ™‚ I am not certain about this year’s Festival and any planned exhibits. I won’t be there either. I will ask Sheila about next year’s SF and make a suggestion. πŸ™‚ xxx

      • Thank you so much for contacting Sheila about a special little exhibit of Janet’s take on some special studio dolls. They are so wonderful that as many of them as possible deserve to be displayed together for all of us in the U.S. to see. Just wish Janet could also be on hand to talk about them.

  5. It’s lovely to see your two girls from Janet’s Line up of her Studio Sasha project. I love their outfits, especially the fabric of the dress on # no 7, it looks so much like the photo even though it’s not quite the same.
    I think I know one of the girls you have yet to show and that one I did love ( a twin I believe πŸ™‚ ) looking forward to see them both on your next post πŸ™‚ xxx

    • Thank you Dee! I am glad you enjoyed seeing these two dolls and that fabric is really special. πŸ™‚ Yes one the girls coming up next is indeed a twin. I love just staring at her…..she has captured my heart. ❀ xxx

  6. Two very pretty girls Ginger! I particularly like the blond one with the long plait down the back…..Janet did a great job on both of them, they’re lovely! And will fit in perfectly there with your other sweet family!

    • Hi Sharon! Thank you for the kind comments. Janet’s work is truly amazing and I really enjoyed seeing the display of all 20 dolls that others photographed and placed on their blogs. What a beautiful line up to see! These two girls are fitting in nicely here and I must find names for them. πŸ™‚ xxx

  7. They are so beautiful! How lucky you are to have been able to help Janet with her beautiful idea and work, AND get to keep two of the gorgeous dolls that she created. I saw the posts of the studio doll project on other blogs and was absolutely mesmerized at their incredible beauty and the accuracy of the beautiful replicas. What a joy to be able to have and enjoy such lovely treasures.

    My dolls say that they wished we could have had a sister or brother to send in. We have an original Studio Doll sister that belonged to my Aunt. In fact Sasha Morgentahller herself redesigned her from a redhead to a brunette at my a Aunt’s request, but unfortunately the doll disappeared right around my grandparent’s death and we have no idea what became of her.

    I hope that you continue to enjoy your beautiful modern studio dolls . They are very lucky to be able to live with you and your wonderful family!

    Happy collecting and Sasha adoring, and hugs and kisses from all of us here at Fern Woods to you and your two new beautiful girls!

    Elisabeth and the dolls of Fern Woods.

    • Hi Elisabeth and thank you for the lovely comments! I feel very fortunate to have these two girls that were inspired by Sasha’s studio dolls. They are fitting nicely into the Sasha family here.

      So very sorry that your grandmother’s studio doll disappeared! That is incredibly sad and I hope that some day you will see her again. The studio dolls have a way of popping up when you least expect it!

      Have a wonderful weekend at Fern Woods! πŸ™‚ xxx

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