Vintage Handmade paperdoll from the 30's.

A Glimpse of Neva Waldt

“I had a friend once tell me that a creative person will implode if they do not create. I thoroughly agree. For me, the process is the reward. I have sewn since I was 5 and have always been fascinated with turning the fabrics into 3 dimensional forms, whether it was clothing, costumes or soft sculpture. In 2003, I begin focusing this fascination on sculpting figures in cloth and eventually included other mediums, such a papier-mache. With the help of colors, textures, detail and gesture, my artdolls come to life, each with a humorous story to tell.

After obtaining a degree in Fine Arts from Sam Houston State University in 1976, I logged in 25 years as a graphic designer in Houston, Texas. In 2004, I traded in my mouse for needle and thread and began my next career as an original doll artist. I have studied under renowned doll artists from around the world. I became a member of Texas Association of Original Doll Artists (TAODA) in 2004.”

Neva is a fifth generation Texan living in Bellaire, Texas with her husband Kenny and her daughter Taylor. Son Zach has flown the nest.

Soft Dolls and Animals, July 2005
Art Doll Quarterly, Winter 2006
Doll Crafter & Costuming, March 2006
Art Doll Quarterly, Fall 2008
Soft Doll & Animals, January 2009, pages 13 and 52

500 Handmade Dolls, Lark Books, 2007 (Juried)



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