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Artist Statement

I’m often asked why I make cloth dolls and how I got started.  The simple answer is because it’s fun.  Ever since I first noticed the dolls being made by cloth doll artists in the early 1990’s, I have been intrigued with what can be done with fabric, some stuffing and lots of imagination.  I decided that I wanted to learn everything I could about cloth doll making and I also knew I wanted to create character dolls.  After 32 years and over 1,000 dolls, I still look forward to sitting down at my sewing machine to begin a new little character.  I try to pass along some of this enjoyment with each doll that I make and I hope they bring a smile to all who see them.

Joyce Patterson
Joyce Patterson Biography

Joyce Patterson’s original, one-of-a-kind and limited edition, cloth character dolls (FabricImages by Joyce) have appeared in many U. S. and International juried exhibits and competitions resulting in more than 100 awards and numerous appearances in magazines and books.  She sells her dolls directly and invites inquiries.  They are also sold at national and international shows and in shops and galleries.  The dolls range from $125 to $1,500, plus shipping and applicable tax.  Joyce also accepts commissions.  These require a 50% deposit and a minimum of four to six weeks for completion.

Professional associations include the Original Doll Artists Council of America (ODACA), the Texas Association of Original Doll Artists (TAODA), and the Professional Doll Makers Art Guild (PDMAG). In addition to membership in the Brazosport and Galveston Art Leagues, she is also a member of the Brazoria County Doll Club, which is affiliated with the international United Federation of Doll Clubs, Inc. (UFDC).

Joyce retired from full-time work following a 30-year career as an office professional.  She and her husband, Wilbert, live in Brazoria, Texas with their beloved pets.