Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Super Nice Paper Doll Article in Doll Castle News Magazine!

Wow! A big thanks to Stacia McDonough and Dorita Mortensen at Doll Castle News Magazine for this glowing article about OPDAG, Paperdoll Review, Paper Studio Press and our many wonderful paper doll artists! Click here for a printable PDF of the article.

I've been working with Stacia on a very special paper doll project called The Sad Little Princess, incorporating a Russian fairy tale story by Stacia with paper dolls illustrated by Tom Tierney, based on Stacia's own doll costume designs. The book will debut at the 2015 National Paper Doll Convention and then will be available to purchase from Paperdoll Review and Amazon.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Paper Dolls in New York Magazine

Imagine my surprise when I found not one, not two, not three or four or five, but SIX full page paper dolls in this week's New York Magazine! In the fall of 2014 I decided I should be more aware of current affairs, broadening my horizons beyond my current magazine subscriptions to cooking magazines and Entertainment Weekly, so I signed up for TIME and New York Magazine. Sure enough, in the following weeks I've absorbed information on world news, politics, science, health care and pop culture. Because I work for myself and don't socialize all that much, I hardly have a chance to discuss my new wisdom, other than perhaps announcing to my husband over breakfast that downtown Detroit is experiencing a revitalization. But this week my periodical discovery is too exciting to remain at the breakfast table.

Amidst restaurant reviews, new york news and personality profiles, the Dec. 29, 2014-Jan. 11, 2015 issue of New York Magazine offers fashion advice in the form of paper dolls. Six careers are represented—Wall Street Bigwig, Fashion Insider, Starchitect, Public-School Teacher, Techie and Art-World Operator. Illustrated by Kyle Hilton, each paper doll represents a real person and the wardrobe items include purchasing information. The wardrobe for Fashion Insider Joanna Hillman, style drector for Harper's Bazaar includes a $2,250 Proenza Schouler dress from Greene Street, a $135 blouse from and a pair of Comme des Garçons shoes bought on Melissa Dipinto, first-grade teacher at P.S. 321, wears $60 jeans from the Gap, a $40 Zara sweater from 666 Fifth Ave and $65 Superga sneakers from 78 Crosby St. Each paper doll page offers a wardrobe formula, such as "Perfectly Tailored Suits, Bare Ankles, Pocket Squares, and Boyish Charm" for Art World Operator Alexander Gilkes, co-founder of Paddle8.

This set of urban paper dolls is a fun find for paper doll collectors. If you can't locate this issue at your local newsstand or bookstore, you can purchase individual back issues from the New York Back Issue Store. Seeing such a large section devoted to paper dolls in a magazine like this gives me hope that paper dolls are indeed making a comeback.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Remembering Tom Tierney, King of Paper Dolls

I am sad to share the news that legendary paper doll artist, Tom Tierney, passed away on Saturday, July 12, after a battle with cancer. Known as the "King of Paper Dolls," he was officially crowned during the 2011 Paper Doll Convention in Philadelphia. 

Our paper doll world has been shaped by Tom Tierney. When the paper doll industry was nearly extinct during the 1970s and into the 1980s, Tom nearly singlehandedly revitalized interest in paper dolls with the multitude of titles he created for Dover Publishing. Since that time he has produced hundreds and hundreds of paper dolls on subjects of all kinds for publishing companies, magazines, convention souvenirs and limited edition self published sets.

Because of Tom’s super-power work ethic, he not only leaves a legacy of paper dolls, but the history that goes along with it. Each of his books was meticulously researched, rendered and annotated with historic information. 

Representing OPDAG, Paperdoll Review and Paper Studio Press, I have been privileged to work with Tom for over two decades. We've had more lively phone conversations than I can count. Anyone who encountered Tom would be greeted with his bright smile and twinkling eye, and would then be regaled with stories of his extraordinary past which could include drawing posters for the war effort, cavorting with stars during his theater days, working as a fashion illustrator in New York City, or a sweet family story such as drawing characters for his nieces and nephews. My heart especially goes out to Tom’s niece, Kathy O’Tierney, who, with her husband Patrick, looked after Tom and helped with his business endeavors. After losing her husband last year, Kathy has been there to support Tom through his illness. Tom thought the world of Kathy and so appreciated her loving care.

Tom has enriched our paper doll community through his art, his knowledge and his charm. And his influence will continue to guide so many of us in our paper doll endeavors. Thank you, Tom Tierney, for sharing your life and talents with us.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

2015 Paper Doll Convention Plans are Underway!

Although the 2014 paper doll convention is still two weeks away, plans are well underway for the 2015 convention. I'll be co-hosting the event with David Wolfe, and we've chosen the charming, historic city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, for our location. We recently travelled to Chattanooga to finalize plans with the hotel and to arrange a tour of the charming downtown arts district.

So mark your calendar for June 17-21, 2015, for the 2015 National Paper Doll Convention! The location is the Embassy Suites Chattanooga/Hamilton Place Hotel. The newly built hotel is gorgeous with a modern, elegant design, upscale guest suites, generous conference facilities, and luxurious gathering areas for visiting with friends and sharing paper dolls. Hotel accommodations include a free, made-to-order breakfast and complimentary happy hour.

We will soon accept convention registrations through the Paperdoll Review website. In the meantime, click here for a printable convention flyer and registraion form. Register early to save $20!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

New Clothes for Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II has gone from dowdy to divine with a 12-page, glamorous new wardrobe in the latest issue of OPDAG's Paper Doll Studio Magazine. David Wolfe provided a paper doll figure of the Queen as a young lady, and 34 OPDAG artists created more than 70 new looks for her including everything from smart suits and sultry evening gowns to casual wear and fanciful costumes. This glorious 64-page issue is one of our biggest ever, filled with a wonderful array of queen-inspired paper dolls, royal articles, artist feature, 2013 Los Angeles convention report and much more. At just $8 for a single issue, it's a fabulous way to enjoy new paper dolls by artists of today. I hope you'll give it a try! A 4-issue subscription is just $28. Click over to OPDAG or Paperdoll Review to learn more.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

New paper dolls coming this spring from Paper Studio Press!

We've got six new paper doll books in the works for Paper Studio Press, and what an array of subjects; from fashion to films to folk art!

Continuing his paper doll books that define fashion history, decade by decade, famed fashion illustrator Jim Howard highlights Couture of the 1920s. His elegant freestyle artwork captures one of the 20th century’s most turbulent times, fashion-wise. A decade when style was transformed from refined luxury to jazzy modernity.

Another fashion statement comes from David Wolfe who devotes his talent and expertise to one single year in Hollywood, 1939. And what a year it was! Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, The Women, Ninotchka and more great movies were released. David newest book, 1939: Hollywood’s Golden Year, features costumes from many of those classic films.

Hollywood is a subject popular among paper doll collectors and artists, and in her next book Sandra Vanderpool takes us to Egypt as seen through the lens of movie cameras over the years. Hollywood Goes to Egypt spotlights the visions of extravagant, exotic styles over the years from Theda Bara as a silent Cleopatra and Valentino as The Sheik to films of today.

Little Ladies of Fashion: Paper Dolls of the Victorian and Edwardian Eras is a very special book, lovingly rendered by artist/historian Norma Lu Meehan. This exquisite book illustrates gowns designed by historic costumerier, John Burbidge who brought them to life in miniature for a collection of dolls now on display at the Ventfort Hall Museum in Lenox, MA. Each outfit is shown in exacting detail, meticulously painted and annotated.

Mexico is a country rich in traditional culture, with colorful indigenous fashions specific to individual regions. Mexican Folk Costumes is the subject of Alina Kolluri's first book for Paper Studio Press. This charmingly executed, delightful book honors the diversity of style south of the border with 25 costumes representing different regions of Mexico.

Everybody’s favorite fabric, Denim, gets the spotlight in the latest book by legendary artist, Tom Tierney. This is more than a paper doll book of blue jeans, it traces the surprising history of denim from its inception in the French town of Nimes to the sailors of the 1500s, the first Levis and on through time to denim evening gowns of today.

Shown here are clothing examples from each book, and as we get a little further along in production we'll add the books to the Paperdoll Review and Paper Studio Press websites for pre-orders. The books will also be available from, with an early spring release date.