Hi all! As you all may know I have a Great.ly shop called Little Big Bell shop where as a tastemaker, I sell a curated collection of design goods.
One of the first makers I introduced was Becky Kemp of Sketchinc. I met Becky on Instagram. To date, I haven’t met her in person, but I know she is a lovely and funny person. Above all, she is talented and super creative. Take a look on her Instagram and you’ll see what I mean!
She makes the cutest Kokeshi dolls. Currently she has given me exclusivity of her Coco Chanel, Anna Wintour and Andy Warhol dolls to sell on Great.ly.
Coco sold last week and I already know that Anna will go soon.
Becky creates bespoke dolls too. I recently commissioned her to make wedding gift dolls of my blogging friend Will of Bright Bazaar and his wonderful, now husband, Toby.
Anyway, I thought it would be interesting to let you see the process of getting a commissioned Kokeshi doll done.
First, photos are sent. In Will’s case, it was easy, as he had photos of himself and Toby on his blog. Becky then sent me a sketch based on the photos she has seen. E-mail correspondence then takes place over the finer details, such as hair colour, outfit styles and so on. As you can see from the sketch above, Will’s hair has been slicked back but he usually wears a side parting, so these details were fine tuned including the hair lengths.
My intention was to get dolls that mirrored the wedding outfits, so a little bit of fact finding took place.
After more emails to and fro, these were the final dolls. Will and Toby’s bow ties did not arrive on time from the States for the wedding, but apart from that it was pretty accurate and Becky did a fabulous job.
Do check out my shop and you can follow what I get up to on my instagram. Have a lovely week!