Hally has spent the majority of her life in Canada where she has lived in various parts of the country. However, her home for the past 40+ years has been the prairie province of Saskatchewan. Hally’s love affair with dolls began at a young age, but it was not until adulthood that the idea occurred to her that, rather than buying them, she could actually learn how to make them.
Although much of her doll making has been self-taught, Hally began by making reproduction bisque dolls (often referred to as porcelain dolls which is not technically correct). Although she enjoyed the classes it was not long before she felt the need to express herself in a more creative way. She found what she was looking for when she discovered a book on cloth doll making which inspired her to make original one of-a-kind soft-sculpted cloth dolls in historical dress. During this period, Hally continued to expand her knowledge base by experimenting with other doll forms. After several years, she decided that she wanted to bring a sense of playfulness to her doll making and thus began her venture into making articulated paper dolls and little hand-painted button-jointed primitive cloth dolls in the folk art style. She refers to these dolls as “prims” and endeavours to give them a sweetness and charm that harkens back to bygone days and an appreciation for the simple things in life.
When it comes to playing with dolls, Hally has no intention of stopping anytime soon. Her most recent focus has been in the making of mixed-media dolls in both traditional and primitive styles. Hally’s dolls have appeared in the U.S. publications “Art Doll Quarterly” and “Prims” and may also be viewed on Etsy and Facebook under “Creative Doll Works”. Her work has been acquired by doll collectors around the world.
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