In The Doll World™, doll podcast and YouTube channel

Host: Georgette Taylor

www.inthedollworld.com Join In The Doll World™, doll podcast and YouTube channel, for intimate interviews with your favorite doll creatives, including: Mel Odom, Stacey McBride-Irby, Pat Henry, and Robert Tonner. Meet them up-close as they share their journeys. Learn what inspires and propels them! Hear their struggles and adversities.

Let In The Doll World take you on a worldwide tour, as we search the globe for amazing stories from new and fascinating movers-and-shakers who are expanding and reshaping the doll world! These doll artists, companies, collectors, storytellers, repainters, and accessory makers will become some of your new favorites!

Hosts: In The Doll World, doll podcast and YouTube channel, is hosted by Georgette Taylor, the history-making doll creator who co-founded and co-invented Big Beautiful Dolls™ (BBD), the first plus-sized fashion dolls.

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Azhelle Wade: The Toy Coach, Guiding and Empowering Others in the World of Toys.
Dec 13 2023
Azhelle Wade: The Toy Coach, Guiding and Empowering Others in the World of Toys.
www.inthedollworld.com  In this wonderful episode of In The Doll World,  I am joined by Azhelle Wade, the Toy Coach. Her journey to a key figure in the toy industry is an incredible testament to the power of passion and commitment and her love of teaching and being creative.Embark on Azelle's journey as she shares her reasons for leaving corporate life to pursue her dreams. Explore the challenges and misconceptions of entering the toy industry, enriched by Azhelle's valuable insights. Discover the Toy Creators Academy, a platform designed by Azelle to support and guide emerging toy creators, offering a wealth of resources and industry insights.As our conversation deepens, we explore the crucial issue of representation and inclusivity in the toy industry. Azhelle opens up about her experiences as an African American woman in the field, highlighting the rise of black-owned toy companies and her aspiration to create black dolls. We wrap up with an inspiring discussion about fostering entrepreneurship and expanding toy culture. So, grab your headphones, tune in and let's embark on this fascinating journey into the world of toy making.To find out more about Azhelle , The Toy Coach or the Toy Creators Academy visitwww.thetoycoach.com#thetoycoach #toycreatorsacademy #ITDW #inthedollworldpodcast #dollpodcast #georgettetayloritdw #dolls #toysSupport the showHey!!! Get a shout out on an upcoming episode as a thank you for your monthly support of In The Doll World. Click here to support. Thank you for listening to In The Doll World, to see all the artists we have featured on the show or to leave a review visit www.inthedollworld.com or to see our video interviews please visit our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/inthedollworld.com. Did you know you can now listen to In The Doll World on Alexa, just ask Alexa to open "Doll World"
Creating Empowering Dolls & Toys: The Journey of Andrea Furtick and the Afro Goddess Warrior Doll Project
Nov 29 2023
Creating Empowering Dolls & Toys: The Journey of Andrea Furtick and the Afro Goddess Warrior Doll Project
Welcome to an inspiring conversation with Andrea Furtick, the innovative CEO and founder of AGC Toys, and the creative force behind the Afro Goddess Warrior Dolls and Project. www.inthedollworld.com Get an intriguing glimpse into Andrea's artistic journey that led to the creation of the Afro Goddess Tarot Arkanas and ultimately, these unique, representation-rich dolls. Discover how she overcame the hurdles of cost-effective doll creation, and ushered in the creation of Nova: Goddess of the Universe and The Afro Goddess Warrior Doll Collection.Learn how her dolls empower and promote self-discovery, and how licensing can help ease the financial burden in the toy industry. We also discuss the concept of 'Sticker Shock' and the reality of high costs in creating a vinyl doll.Have you ever wondered about growth and licensing in the toy industry? We've got you covered. Tag along as Andrea divulges her experiences at the New York Toy Fair and shares her invaluable insights into the significance of proper systems for business growth.But there's more to the toy business than just creating dolls. Andrea shares the power of delegation, collaboration, and representation in building an impactful toy business. Listen to the exciting future plans of AGC Toys and how seeking the right support in business can make all the difference. To learn more about Andrea and AGC Toys visit AGC Toys, Inc. (agctoysinc.com)#ITDW #ITDWpodcast #dollpodcast #podcast #georgetteITDW #AndreFurtick#afrogoddesswarriordolls #agctoysinc #agctoysSupport the showHey!!! Get a shout out on an upcoming episode as a thank you for your monthly support of In The Doll World. Click here to support. Thank you for listening to In The Doll World, to see all the artists we have featured on the show or to leave a review visit www.inthedollworld.com or to see our video interviews please visit our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/inthedollworld.com. Did you know you can now listen to In The Doll World on Alexa, just ask Alexa to open "Doll World"
Dolls and Diversity: An Insightful Conversation with the American Black Beauty Doll Association
Nov 2 2023
Dolls and Diversity: An Insightful Conversation with the American Black Beauty Doll Association
Listen at www.inthedollworld.com     Karen  Oyekanmi, the founder of the American Black Beauty Doll Association, opens up the conversation as she shares the inspiration behind her quest to fill the market gap for beautiful black dolls and to provide positive representation for children of color - a mission that still holds significant relevance almost 40 years later, as they celebrate their upcoming annual Festival of Black Doll Show and Sale, Nov 4th 2023.As we chat with this panel of remarkable women - Karen Oyekanmi, Kynisha Daisy Decre, Cheryl Buckley, Lillian Black, Adwoa Cooper, and Stacelina Monique - we uncover the crucial role of dolls in reflecting and celebrating the diverse world we live in.   Our panel of esteemed guests, wear many hats - they are doll makers, authors, interior designers, balloon artists, crocheters, and Barbie repainters.We navigate the rich and multifaceted world of doll making, a journey that transcends the creation of children's playthings to become a profound medium of art and cultural expression and as the conversation evolves, we also get the perspective of each guest on the importance about their decision to join the American Black Beauty Doll Association, as well as create and attend the Festival of Black Dolls Show and Sale, an event that has always been about educating and representation, with many of the years of the Festival showcasing themes from Egypt to Black Marriage. So, join us for this enlightening conversation and discover the art, the expression, and the cultural significance behind the world of doll making and the importance of being a member of the American Black Beauty Doll Association. To see more about the women who are featured today, as well as vendors at the upcoming Festival of Black Dolls Show and Sale:    ABBDA 2023 Vendors@KarenOyekanmiKissing Kousins DollsWww.weloveblackdolls.comStacy@Stacelinamoniquehttps://www.etsy.com/shop/StacelinaMoniqueLillian BlackLillian’s Dolls & Things Www.weloveblackdolls.comAdwoa Cooper@adwoadesignwww.AdwoaDesign.comhttps://www.etsy.com/shop/AdwoaDesignKynisha Ducre@Daisytheclown www.clowninaround.netSupport the showHey!!! Get a shout out on an upcoming episode as a thank you for your monthly support of In The Doll World. Click here to support. Thank you for listening to In The Doll World, to see all the artists we have featured on the show or to leave a review visit www.inthedollworld.com or to see our video interviews please visit our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/inthedollworld.com. Did you know you can now listen to In The Doll World on Alexa, just ask Alexa to open "Doll World"
Creating a Legacy of Representation: The Journey of Samantha Ong and Joey Dolls
Oct 25 2023
Creating a Legacy of Representation: The Journey of Samantha Ong and Joey Dolls
Our latest podcast episode introduces Samantha Ong, the innovative CEO of Joeydolls, celebrating the diversity and beauty of the Asian diaspora. www.inthedollworld.comSamantha's story begins with a simple desire - to create dolls that reflected her daughter's Asian heritage. Frustrated with the lack of diversity in the toy market, she embarked on a journey to make dolls that would allow children of Asian descent to see themselves in the toys they play with.Joeydolls are more than just dolls, they are lifelines connecting children with their heritage. They are sources of comfort for mixed families, adopted children, and those getting accustomed to new environments. Samantha's work has instilled a sense of belonging in these children, subverting societal messages that often devalue people of darker skin tones. Her story is a testament to what can be achieved with determination, compassion, and an unwavering belief in the power of representation. Join us for this insightful conversation with Samantha Ong, and prepare to be inspired. To learn more about Joeydolls visit JoeydollsSupport the showHey!!! Get a shout out on an upcoming episode as a thank you for your monthly support of In The Doll World. Click here to support. Thank you for listening to In The Doll World, to see all the artists we have featured on the show or to leave a review visit www.inthedollworld.com or to see our video interviews please visit our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/inthedollworld.com. Did you know you can now listen to In The Doll World on Alexa, just ask Alexa to open "Doll World"
Magazine Leader, Diana Jones, Owner of Dolls Magazine
Sep 27 2023
Magazine Leader, Diana Jones, Owner of Dolls Magazine
A journey into the heart of the doll industry with our enthralling guest, Diana Jones, the dynamic owner of Dolls Magazine.  www.inthedollworld.com As a child, Diana enjoyed altering her dolls' hair, creating unique looks for each of them, Diana has since navigated through life's turns, acquiring a microbiology degree, raising seven children, and eventually taking the reins of Dolls Magazine. Her tale is a testament to the power of passion she has for what she does.As we converse with Diana, we delve into the captivating transition of Dolls Magazine from print to digital media and navigating through the tumultuous waters of the doll industry in 2020-2021. She shares her insights on exclusive collaborations with doll artists, creating unique dolls for the magazine's ardent audience, and the thrill of interacting with industry icons like Jack Johnston.In the concluding segments, we go under the hood of Dolls Magazine, discussing innovation, marketing, and the magazine's future trajectory. Diana imparts insightful anecdotes about the continuous evolution of doll artistry and the role marketing plays in the magazine's success. From her early days at the company to her heartwarming fangirl moments and awards, Diana's narrative is a gripping saga of aspiration and determination. Join us on this fascinating journey in the world of dolls.#dollsmagazine #inthedollworld #georgettetaylorITDW #inthedollworldpodcastSupport the showHey!!! Get a shout out on an upcoming episode as a thank you for your monthly support of In The Doll World. Click here to support. Thank you for listening to In The Doll World, to see all the artists we have featured on the show or to leave a review visit www.inthedollworld.com or to see our video interviews please visit our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/inthedollworld.com. Did you know you can now listen to In The Doll World on Alexa, just ask Alexa to open "Doll World"
Exploring the World of Miniatures with Kat Picot: Publisher of Shrunk Magazine
Sep 13 2023
Exploring the World of Miniatures with Kat Picot: Publisher of Shrunk Magazine
Join us on a fascinating journey as we travel into the world of miniatures with our special guest Kat Picot, the inspiring publisher behind Shrunk magazine. www.inthedollworld.com Kat's story is a testament to passion and perseverance, as she beautifully recounts her transition from working in a doll's house shop to launching her own internationally acclaimed miniatures magazine. In our discussion, Kat sheds light on the highs and lows of independent magazine publishing and the unique challenges that come with it. Kat’s experiences dealing with the Royal Mail system hack, which impacted her magazine distribution, give a raw and real insight into the hurdles of bringing a creative vision to life. But with every challenge comes a moment of triumph, and for Kat, it came when she met her favorite artists, leading to some unexpected 'fangirl' moments. We also chat about the energy and support she received at the Kensington Dolls House Festival, a memorable moment in her journey. Deeper into our conversation, Kat reminisces about her supportive family, who stood by her side even with the early arrival of her baby. We also talk about the shift of Shrunk from a quarterly to a biannual format, hinting at the exciting future plans for the magazine. Our journey ends where it all began, in the enchanting realm of miniatures, where Kat Picot brings the tiny to life in the most grandeur way. Don’t miss this insightful conversation that promises a heartwarming journey through perseverance, creativity, and passion.To learn more about Kat and Shrunk Magazine visit Shrunk Magazine or visit them at Instgram @shrunkmgazine#minatures #shrunkmagazine #inthedollworld #ITDW #georgettetaylorITDWSupport the showHey!!! Get a shout out on an upcoming episode as a thank you for your monthly support of In The Doll World. Click here to support. Thank you for listening to In The Doll World, to see all the artists we have featured on the show or to leave a review visit www.inthedollworld.com or to see our video interviews please visit our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/inthedollworld.com. Did you know you can now listen to In The Doll World on Alexa, just ask Alexa to open "Doll World"
Zoe Oli: The 11-Year Old CEO of Beautiful Curly Me, Pioneering Representation in Dolls
Aug 16 2023
Zoe Oli: The 11-Year Old CEO of Beautiful Curly Me, Pioneering Representation in Dolls
A beautiful and delightful interview with Zoe Oli, the 11-year-old mastermind behind Beautiful Curly Me. Zoe's inspiring journey starts at the tender age of six, when she decided to tackle her self-confidence issues head-on by creating her own line of dolls that feature curls and braids just like hers.  Don't miss Zoe's incredible tale of resilience and ambition, and how even the youngest among us can make a significant difference when they dare to dream. Zoe's story is not just about business; it's a testament to the power of vision, determination, and the importance of representation. She sheds light on how she navigated the complexities of manufacturing to bring her dolls to life, and how she learned the art of delegation, all while being a regular school kid.But, there's more to Zoe than being a remarkable young entrepreneur. She's also a TEDx speaker committed to spreading the message of empowerment and representation to other young girls. With the guidance and inspiration from powerful black women like Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Serena Williams, Zoe continues to expand her brand and impact. She shares powerful anecdotes, such as the heartwarming feedback she's received from young girls who connect with her dolls, and gives us a glimpse into what the future holds for Beautiful Curly Me. To learn more about Zoe and the Beautiful Curly Me line visit www.beautifulcurlyme.com #beautifulcurlyme #zoeoli #blackdolls #ITDWpodcast  #DollMakers  #DollCreators #DollCommunity #DollInterviews #DollAdvocates #blackdollartists #blackdollmakers #DollArtistry #DollCollectors #DollPassion #DollInspiration #DollShowcaseSupport the showHey!!! Get a shout out on an upcoming episode as a thank you for your monthly support of In The Doll World. Click here to support. Thank you for listening to In The Doll World, to see all the artists we have featured on the show or to leave a review visit www.inthedollworld.com or to see our video interviews please visit our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/inthedollworld.com. Did you know you can now listen to In The Doll World on Alexa, just ask Alexa to open "Doll World"
From Doll Collector to Instagram Influencer: Cassie Jenkins of Dolls on the Scene
Jul 5 2023
From Doll Collector to Instagram Influencer: Cassie Jenkins of Dolls on the Scene
What if you could transform a childhood hobby into a thriving Instagram account, creating a community around the love of doll collecting? Cassie Jenkins, the talent behind Dolls On The Scene, did just that, and she's here to share her journey with us. www.inthedollworld.comCassie's passion for dolls sparked at a young age, and her enthusiasm only grew with her age, with her family playing a considerable role in fostering this love. She opens up about the pivotal role her mother had in her hobby and how her husband encouraged her to share her passion with the world.  She gives us a peek into her creative process in designing dioramas and selecting dolls, with delightful stories of her daughters' enthusiasm for picking dolls. Cassie believes in the joy of collecting dolls, creating unique pieces, and most importantly, building a supportive community around it.Juggling content creation and family life can be quite a challenge. Cassie shares insights on how she manages to strike that delicate balance. She encourages us to let go of perfectionism, emphasizing the joy in just 'going for it'. She shares her organizational strategies, and the importance of batching content. Cassie's work is not just about sharing her love for dolls, but also about making a difference by supporting Black-owned brands and promoting sustainable shopping.As we discuss her plans for expanding her show, we also touch on her upcoming venture into YouTube. Join us in this episode for a deep dive into the world of doll collecting, the importance of community, and the joy of connecting with others over shared passions.  Visit Cassie on Instagram@dollsonthescene#inthedollworld #ITDW #dollsonsthescence #cassiejenkinsSupport the showHey!!! Get a shout out on an upcoming episode as a thank you for your monthly support of In The Doll World. Click here to support. Thank you for listening to In The Doll World, to see all the artists we have featured on the show or to leave a review visit www.inthedollworld.com or to see our video interviews please visit our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/inthedollworld.com. Did you know you can now listen to In The Doll World on Alexa, just ask Alexa to open "Doll World"
Dolls, Identity, and Self-Expression: A Conversation with Clawdeena and Youtube Sensation
May 24 2023
Dolls, Identity, and Self-Expression: A Conversation with Clawdeena and Youtube Sensation
What happens when a doll enthusiast, collector, and social media star joins In The Doll World to share their unique journey?  You get an inspiring conversation with the talented and passionate Clawdeena   www.inthedollworld.com Clawdeena found solace in their love for dolls, creativity, and makeup transformations growing up in a small conservative town after being born in Queens, New York. With an impressive following of over 3 million fans and followers across various social platforms, Clawdeena is best known for their extraordinary make-up transformations, captivating TikTok and YouTube videos, and insightful doll reviews that showcase their extensive knowledge of various doll types, notably the iconic "Monster High Dolls" and explores the fascinating world of dolls, identity, and self-expression.From the tender age of 10, Clawdeena faced the challenge of feeling different in their small hometown. In response, they embarked on a remarkable journey of self-expression by creating online content and sharing it with the world. In our chat, Clawdeena opens up about their appreciation for Monster High dolls, the importance of dolls for children, and how these toys can help kids express themselves and explore their emotions. They also discuss their documentary project, aiming to bust the stereotype of doll collectors as "crazy hoarders" and shining a light on the positive aspects of this unique hobby. But that's not all! We also dive into Claudina's experience as a crisis counselor, working with Crisis Text Line, and how their passion and mental health struggles have influenced their documentary project. By using docu-style storytelling, Claudina aims to normalize their hobby and proudly showcase their identity. Don't miss this fascinating conversation about dolls, creativity, and authenticity.#ITDWpodcast #georgetteITDW #inthedollworld #inthedollworldpodcast #clawdeena #Support the showHey!!! Get a shout out on an upcoming episode as a thank you for your monthly support of In The Doll World. Click here to support. Thank you for listening to In The Doll World, to see all the artists we have featured on the show or to leave a review visit www.inthedollworld.com or to see our video interviews please visit our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/inthedollworld.com. Did you know you can now listen to In The Doll World on Alexa, just ask Alexa to open "Doll World"
Aniqua Wilkerson, Fiber Doll Artist and Owner of My Kinda Thing (Pt.2)
May 11 2023
Aniqua Wilkerson, Fiber Doll Artist and Owner of My Kinda Thing (Pt.2)
We continue our Part 2 conversation with my guest Aniqua Wilkerson, Fiber Artist Dollmaker and Owner of My Kinda Thing.  www.inthedollworld.comWe continue our Part 2 conversation with my guest Aniqua Wilkerson, Fiber Artist Dollmaker and Owner of My Kinda Thing. www.inthedollworld.comAs Aniqua continues to share her wonderful doll journey, we find her moving into another pivotal and proud moment in her life as she becomes very instrumental in helping to create for Lions Brand for the first time, yarns that highlight 12 different shades of brown, from light to dark and how this came about.We also get to talk about her My Kinda Thing University, a virtual handmade school comprised of over 30 courses geared towards teaching other crocheters how to create dolls of color. As you will hear throughout these interviews, Aniqua continues to be passionate in offering beautiful crochet dolls that inspire, encourage and help to enhance all the beautiful shades of browns in this world and beyond.To find more of Aniqua’s creations, please visit http://www.mykindathing.com/ or visit her on Instagram @mykindathing#ITDWpodcast #georgetteITDW #inthedollworld #inthedollworldpodcast #mykindathing #aniquawilkerson #crochetdolls #fiberartdollsSupport the showHey!!! Get a shout out on an upcoming episode as a thank you for your monthly support of In The Doll World. Click here to support. Thank you for listening to In The Doll World, to see all the artists we have featured on the show or to leave a review visit www.inthedollworld.com or to see our video interviews please visit our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/inthedollworld.com. Did you know you can now listen to In The Doll World on Alexa, just ask Alexa to open "Doll World"
Aniqua Wilkerson, Fiber Doll Artist and Owner of My Kinda Thing (Pt.1)
May 3 2023
Aniqua Wilkerson, Fiber Doll Artist and Owner of My Kinda Thing (Pt.1)
Another wonderful In The Doll World show with my guest Aniqua Wilkerson, Fiber Doll Artist and Owner of My Kinda Thing.   (Pt.1)     www.inthedollworld.com What a great and purposeful doll journey Anqiua's shares with us, the educator is definitely in the house. As the third child of seven children, creativity was always encouraged in her house growing up and Aniqua always had dolls to play with, from the time she can remember, but did not have her first black doll until she was eight years old.In the conversation she shares that when she did get the black doll, she literally could not put it down, carrying it everywhere, protecting her doll but on some level, she believe she was protecting and caring for herself as well. She is a self-taught crochet artist. She became interested in crochet at around 19 years old, when her cousin found some old fiber arts books and has spent most of her adult career as a teacher, using art to be a more effective educator.   She loved teaching but was a little disheartened with the education system and wanted to so something else with art and so as she listened to her nieces and their friends talk about how they felt about themselves, and not always in a positive light, she wanted to embark on something that would help them to see how truly beautiful they were. We also get to talk about another proud moment in her life and how this excellent opportunity of working with Lion Brand and introducing Skien Tones came about. Aniqua uses crochet as a tool to teach and promote self-esteem in girls, particularly girls of color and help to impart a sense of pride in the lives of young girls and women through art and dolls.Don’t forget to check in next week for Part 2 of this great conversation and Aniqua’s amazing doll journey. To find more of Aniqua’s creations, please visit http://www.mykindathing.com/ or visit her on Instagram @my_kinda_thingSupport the showHey!!! Get a shout out on an upcoming episode as a thank you for your monthly support of In The Doll World. Click here to support. Thank you for listening to In The Doll World, to see all the artists we have featured on the show or to leave a review visit www.inthedollworld.com or to see our video interviews please visit our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/inthedollworld.com. Did you know you can now listen to In The Doll World on Alexa, just ask Alexa to open "Doll World"
Flora Ekpe-Idang, the CEO, Founder and creator of Corage Dolls
Mar 30 2023
Flora Ekpe-Idang, the CEO, Founder and creator of Corage Dolls
A passionate and powerful interview with Flora Ekpe-Idang, the CEO, Founder and creator of Corage Dolls. www.inthedollworld.com  Flora shares with us her inspiration for creating Corage Dolls, out of her experience of watching the documentary “Gril Like Me”.  She was struck by the lack of positive diverse representation in media and products had on black children and even though this ‘doll experiment” was done more recently than the historical “Doll Test” done by Dr. Kenneth and Mamie Clark, the results we unfortunately just as troubling. As Flora shares in her interview, she wanted to do something about it and create a doll that had a strong sense of herself, an unstoppable spirit and offer information about diverse careers, build sistership and advocate for the empowerment of girls of color.We also talk about her devastating loss of all the work she created due to a bad manufacturing experience and how she had to start all over. Despite that experience, bad supply chains during COVID and more she has been constantly driven to move forward to create multicultural dolls and books that encourage girls of color to be unstoppable.To learn more about Corage dolls please visit them at www.coragedolls.com or Instagram @coragedollsSupport the showHey!!! Get a shout out on an upcoming episode as a thank you for your monthly support of In The Doll World. Click here to support. Thank you for listening to In The Doll World, to see all the artists we have featured on the show or to leave a review visit www.inthedollworld.com or to see our video interviews please visit our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/inthedollworld.com. Did you know you can now listen to In The Doll World on Alexa, just ask Alexa to open "Doll World"
Evalina, Silicone Doll Artist and owner of Evergreen Art Dolls
Mar 15 2023
Evalina, Silicone Doll Artist and owner of Evergreen Art Dolls
A delightful interview with Evelyn Smith aka Evalina, owner of Evergreen Art Dolls and silicone doll artist.  From animal science to doll making, her journey has been just as eclectic as the wonderful doll she makes. www.inthedollworld.comGrowing up she loved sci-fi, art and animals, so it’s no surprise she has found a way to marry the three.Although she loved playing with dolls and being creative, she didn’t stumble upon the true doll world until 2017 while in graduate school, working on her master’s in animal science.Her love for everything sci-fi led her to this seeing this beautiful silicon Avatar doll and wanting to own one herself, she looked up the price, realized it was way too expensive for her college student budget, she decided to make her own and here is where her doll artist journey began.Evalina shares with ITDW how she learned her craft from watching many videos, and now creates beautiful and whimsical silicone art dolls, ranging from Avatars to fairies to baby dinosaurs to trolls.  She also talks about what has been the most challenging to the most rewarding in being a doll artist and shares what other mediums she would be excited to work in. To learn more about Evalina and see her wonderful dolls, please visit her on Instagram @evalina.evergreen#georgetteITDW #inthedollworld #inthedollworldpodcast #siliconedolls  #artolls #evalina #evalina.evergreenSupport the showHey!!! Get a shout out on an upcoming episode as a thank you for your monthly support of In The Doll World. Click here to support. Thank you for listening to In The Doll World, to see all the artists we have featured on the show or to leave a review visit www.inthedollworld.com or to see our video interviews please visit our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/inthedollworld.com. Did you know you can now listen to In The Doll World on Alexa, just ask Alexa to open "Doll World"
Debra Pounds, owner of Paddlefootz Dolls & Thangs
Feb 22 2023
Debra Pounds, owner of Paddlefootz Dolls & Thangs
What a wonderful conversation with Debra Pounds, Doll Artist and owner of Paddlefootz Dolls & Thangs  www.inthedollworld.comDebra shares how in 1997 a request from her mother for a Black Santa lead her to crafting but it was after the many conversations with her sister on how hard it had been and still was to find black dolls that were true, cute, and beautiful reflections of us as Black people for her nieces, and her daughters that led her to her doll creating.We also talk about the approach she takes to create her beautiful dolls, what dictates the design and the look each doll has. She also shares how COVID really affected her business and forced her to shut down, and the challenges that came with that and how the lingering effects of that are still affecting her business today, but the love she has for creating dolls has been her saving grace and she still continues to inspire us with her  amazing creations.As a self-taught artist, she prides herself in learning a skill she can pass on to others in helping them to create dolls, so the opportunity to teach what she knows in how to create her dolls, has opened up a new area that she is now moving forward in. We also get to find out a little bit more about her upcoming Doll show and future plans for that.  To learn more about Debra and Paddlefootz Dolls please visit her on Instagram @paddlefootzdolls and or visit her website at www.paddlefootzdolls.com #georgetteITDW #inthedollworld #inthedollworldpodcast#paddlefootzdollsandthangs #debrapounds #blackdolls #blackdollcreators Support the showHey!!! Get a shout out on an upcoming episode as a thank you for your monthly support of In The Doll World. Click here to support. Thank you for listening to In The Doll World, to see all the artists we have featured on the show or to leave a review visit www.inthedollworld.com or to see our video interviews please visit our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/inthedollworld.com. Did you know you can now listen to In The Doll World on Alexa, just ask Alexa to open "Doll World"
Yla Eason, creator of Sun-Man and Owner of Olmec Toys
Jan 30 2023
Yla Eason, creator of Sun-Man and Owner of Olmec Toys
Another FANGIRL moment for me at IDTW.  What a fantastic time spent with Ms. Yla Eason, creator of  Sun-Man, the first Black superhero action figure and owner of Olmec Toys.  www.inthedollworld.com Ms. Eason is an award-winning educator and entrepreneur who is largely credited with pioneering the ethnic toy market at mass market stores. As an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at Rutgers University, her focus is Business Communications, Multicultural Marketing, and Digital Marketing.Over 40 years ago a comment by her 3-year-old son and the love she had for him, changed the trajectory of her life and the lives of many children of color across the globe.  Her son at 3 years old, made the comment, he couldn’t be a superhero because he was black.  Dismayed after searching for a black superhero, she discovered, there was no such thing.  Ms. Eason stated, “The intention was to give positive Black presentation in imagination and creativity,” Yla shares with us her journey of what it was like stepping into that arena with no prior experience in the toy industry and how when the Universe calls you, other people are put along your path to make that happen for you. Yla also talks about some of her biggest challenges, the unique way she presented to the investors and why sometimes, ignorance can be bliss.She also admits it wasn’t a piece of cake but for many reasons we talk about during our conversation, including the reason for her doing this and the fascination of what it took to get it created, helped her to keep going.Now 40 years later, Sun-Man was reintroduced to another generation of children in 2022 as he was included as part of the expansion of He-Man, the Masters of the Universe on the 40th Anniversary of He-Man. To find out more about Yla Eason, her story and Sun-Man and the Rulers of the Sun, visit www.officialsunman.com or at facebook @ officialsunman#georgetteITDW #inthedollworld #inthedollworldpodcast #ylaeason #offcialsunman Support the showHey!!! Get a shout out on an upcoming episode as a thank you for your monthly support of In The Doll World. Click here to support. Thank you for listening to In The Doll World, to see all the artists we have featured on the show or to leave a review visit www.inthedollworld.com or to see our video interviews please visit our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/inthedollworld.com. Did you know you can now listen to In The Doll World on Alexa, just ask Alexa to open "Doll World"
Natasha Smith, Doll Artist and Owner of Mend by Grace
Jan 17 2023
Natasha Smith, Doll Artist and Owner of Mend by Grace
Such a beautiful conversation with art doll artist, Natasha Smith, Owner of Mend By Ruby Grace. www.inthedollworld.com Nastasha shares with us how her love for her daughter jump started her journey into doll making, while not having a clue at all where to start.  As a self-taught doll maker, she has been honing her craft in the doll artistry since 2008. Natasha thrives in trying new techniques and experimenting with design, color and whimsical style, her love for nostalgia and repurposing textiles is ever present in the dolls she so lovingly creates. Making each doll unique and not one exactly alike. She also shares how her passion for doll artistry along with her mental health journey has helped in this thriving community. The union of creating dolls as expression and how it relates to ADHD and depression has developed a community of artists and those who can relate in a beautiful way.  To learn more about Natasha’s story and to see more of her dolls, please visit her Instagram @mednbyrubygrace #ITDW #inthedollworld #inthedollworldpodcast #georgettetaylorITDW #mendbyrubygrace  Support the showHey!!! Get a shout out on an upcoming episode as a thank you for your monthly support of In The Doll World. Click here to support. Thank you for listening to In The Doll World, to see all the artists we have featured on the show or to leave a review visit www.inthedollworld.com or to see our video interviews please visit our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/inthedollworld.com. Did you know you can now listen to In The Doll World on Alexa, just ask Alexa to open "Doll World"
Demetrius Davis, Jr aka LiL Dee, CEO of Our Brown Boy Joy
Dec 8 2022
Demetrius Davis, Jr aka LiL Dee, CEO of Our Brown Boy Joy
What delightful show with this 10-year-old entrepreneur and doll creator, Demetrius Davis, Jr. aka Lil Dee, CEO of Our Brown Boy Joy, and his mom Dr. Luciana Gilmore. www.inthedollworld.com Our Brown Boy Joy created "My Friend," a character plush doll that speaks positive affirmations, such as “Brown Boy you are smart!” and more.LiL Dee shares that while watching the news during lock down from COVID, stories of George Floyd was unfolding, his mom could see it was making him incredibly sad.  Conversations lead to other young boys with similar stories, as she states, “because I needed it to connect with him," she continues. "We talked about Trayvon Martin and [my former student] Tamir Rice, and I could see the pain he felt." LiL Dee then told his mom he really wanted to do something to help others. Soon after that, Dr. Gilmore, said the ‘My Friend' doll came to me in a dream," She felt it was a sign and Gilmore got to work, developing a company focused on young Black boys to present to her son as a surprise on his 8th birthday. It was important to LiL Dee to have the doll say positive affirmations to help people who speak negatively about themselves, to learn to speak more positive and kind things about who they are. The doll is created in LiL Dee’s likeness, and he shares with us how he feels about having a doll that looks like him out in the world, although he was not thrilled with the first prototype, he voiced his opinion on changes and created a doll that he was happy to share with others.LiL Dee has big visions for his My Friend doll and the Our Brown Boy Joy company that he shares with us as well. I have no doubt he will see his visions become reality and continue to expand and empower his company and be a major player within the doll world.To learn more about LiL Dee and Our Brown Boy Joy you can visit them at www.ourbrownboyjoy.com #itdw #inthedollworldpodcast #inthedollworld Support the showHey!!! Get a shout out on an upcoming episode as a thank you for your monthly support of In The Doll World. Click here to support. Thank you for listening to In The Doll World, to see all the artists we have featured on the show or to leave a review visit www.inthedollworld.com or to see our video interviews please visit our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/inthedollworld.com. Did you know you can now listen to In The Doll World on Alexa, just ask Alexa to open "Doll World"
Sandra Epps, artist and author and Founder of Sandy’s Land LLC and the Detroit Doll Show.
Oct 20 2022
Sandra Epps, artist and author and Founder of Sandy’s Land LLC and the Detroit Doll Show.
A fun and phenomenal interview with Sandra Epps, artist and author. Founder of Sandy’s Land LLC an entertainment service and the Detroit Doll Show. www.inthedollworld.comAs a creative force and a survivor of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), a disease where the immune system attacks both the body tissue and organs, Sandra continues to use her strength, resiliency, passion, and creativity in celebrating history, culture, self-love, and diversity with the promotion of dolls of color and through her art.Sandra shares with us how a “one-time” event she created to inspire and support her niece during a time when she was feeling not represented and bullied about the way she looked turned into a powerful event that not only helped to showcase black doll artists but increase the self-esteem in so many young girls and women.She also shared how her triumph over lupus also inspired her first self-published children’s book -- Imani Has the Most Exciting Dream! to assist children who are faced with adversities to transform their fear into faith. Her second book, Girl Power Discover the Princess Within provide key tools to help build a girl’s self-esteem with tips to defuse a bully’s action, ignite self-love, fun journaling and how to develop healthy friendship’s. And most recently Epps has written, Girlfriend, It’s Time to SOAR! A Work Journal for Personal Transformation to help women to affirm their success, prompt positive introspection and get focused on living their best life at any age. The book also includes her artwork that celebrates women and the transcendental meaning of butterflies.We also talk with her about why she felt it was important to create a Doll Legacy Award and we get to hear who the recipients of the 2022 Doll Legacy Award will be given to.  I also get to thank her again for being the recipient of the 2015 Detroit Doll Show Legacy Award for Big Beautiful Dolls, as it truly meant a lot to me.Sandra continues to move through life with courage, creativity, passion and faith and as she does, she helps others along the way to love a little more of themselves, one book, face paint and doll at a time.  For more information on Sandra Epps’ products or services, visit; sandyslandllc.com or the Detroit Doll Show at www.facebook.com/DetroitDollShow#ITDW #inthedollworldpodcast #inthedollworld #georgettetaylorITDW #sandraepps #sandysland #detroitdollshow Support the showHey!!! Get a shout out on an upcoming episode as a thank you for your monthly support of In The Doll World. Click here to support. Thank you for listening to In The Doll World, to see all the artists we have featured on the show or to leave a review visit www.inthedollworld.com or to see our video interviews please visit our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/inthedollworld.com. Did you know you can now listen to In The Doll World on Alexa, just ask Alexa to open "Doll World"
Janet Lovett, Doll Sculptor & Reborn Doll Artist
Oct 5 2022
Janet Lovett, Doll Sculptor & Reborn Doll Artist
A great conversation with Janet Lovett, Sculptor & Reborn Doll Artist. Janet is also a GOLD Award Professional Doll Makers Art Guild winner, PDMAG member and PDMAG mentor.  www.inthedollworld.comThis is our 3rd episode of our In The Doll World collaboration with the Professional Doll Makers Art Guild (PDMAG) as the Media Partner for their free upcoming online convention, October 14th-16th, which will celebrate doll artists within PDMAG, free classes, demos and much more.From her grandmother not owning any dolls to her mother’s vast doll collection, it is such a touching conversation and wonderful doll journey, but Janet’s doll creating journey starts with her seeing this beautiful reborn doll that just lite her up inside, but not being able to afford it, she decided to create one of her own.  That first step has taken her on this wonderful doll journey that she shares with us on In The Doll World.Janet talks about how much she loves watching these little personalities emerge before her eyes through her pieces and Janet shares a touching story of her grandmother, mom, and dad toward the end of the show kind it really kinds of hits home and you get to see where and how she ended up, unbeknownst to her, that she was drawn to creating such beautiful baby dolls.We also get to hear of some fantastic news about one of Janet’s dolls and it really is phenomenal!From being mentored through the Professional Doll Makers Art Guild, to creating award winning dolls to now being a mentor herself to other up and coming doll artists, brings it all together for her.The Professional Doll Makers Art Guild is a place for all artists and as you have seen with our past PDMAG artists, there is room for everyone and everyone is welcome, so if you are interested in seeing more artists or being part of the free classes and demos that will be available, please check out their upcoming online convention at www.pdmagonlineconvention.comTo see more of Janet’s work, please visit her on her Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/victoryah.lovett.946 and or visit her on Instagram @janetlovettooakSupport the showHey!!! Get a shout out on an upcoming episode as a thank you for your monthly support of In The Doll World. Click here to support. Thank you for listening to In The Doll World, to see all the artists we have featured on the show or to leave a review visit www.inthedollworld.com or to see our video interviews please visit our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/inthedollworld.com. Did you know you can now listen to In The Doll World on Alexa, just ask Alexa to open "Doll World"
Nikki Graves, CEO of Trinity Designs, Inc. on In The Doll World
Sep 22 2022
Nikki Graves, CEO of Trinity Designs, Inc. on In The Doll World
A very delightful and powerful conversation with Nikki Graves, CEO of Trinity Designs, Inc.  www.inthedollworld.comNikki’s journey into doll making did not start with a love of dolls, surprisingly she was not into dolls at all but out of her desire to find a doll that was a tribute to her sorority as a Delta, and with no luck finding one, Nikki decided to take matters into her own hands and develop a doll that represented her and her sorority.  That decision led to her creating not only her own doll but has expanded into a line of dolls that celebrate the Divine 9 sororities.Nikki also shares the journey she has taken to building a doll company, the challenges, triumphs and how emotional she felt with creating and then seeing her first doll, from concept to something tangible.  Once she saw it, she knew other sororities would want one of their own and she realized she wanted to continue to create and celebrate black beauty through dolls. We also get to talk about her companies endeavor to produce high quality collectibles that inspire, captivate, and encourage young women and children to love the skin they’re in and the importance of having a doll company owned by a woman of color and what that represents for diverse doll creations.Nikki also has a wonderful surprise for everyone as she shares information about the growth and expansion of the company into creating other types of dolls that will be coming in 2023.  Some truly exciting news.To learn more about Nikki Graves, and Trinity Designs, Inc visit www.trinitydesignsinc.com #inthedollworld #ITDW #inthedollwordpodcast #georgettetaylorITDW #trinitydesignsinc #nikkigraves #inthedollworld #ITDW #beauty #blackgirlmagic #blackownedSupport the showHey!!! Get a shout out on an upcoming episode as a thank you for your monthly support of In The Doll World. Click here to support. Thank you for listening to In The Doll World, to see all the artists we have featured on the show or to leave a review visit www.inthedollworld.com or to see our video interviews please visit our Youtube channel at www.youtube.com/inthedollworld.com. Did you know you can now listen to In The Doll World on Alexa, just ask Alexa to open "Doll World"