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About Mary Russell

Mary Russell My first memories of learning started at age three and a half when I made my first doll dress. My mother cut the pattern for me, showed me how to thread a needle and how to make a straight stitch first, then a backstitch; after that, I was on my way.

I made a dress and wore it to school in the second grade. My mother didn't allow me to use the sewing machine because she was afraid I would sew my finger. I took the opportunity to make the dress while she was in the hospital having my brother, I was allowed to use the machine after that.

Most of my skills are self-taught. In 1960, with four children under four and a half years old, I started sewing, designing, pattern drafting, clothing construction, and altering in my home studio. Later I added an alteration shop for a while in a clothing store as well.

I taught sewing and pattern making to teens and a few college students. I started making porcelain jewelry and dolls in the 1980s. I dearly wanted to paint doll eyes, so I took lessons from a ceramic teacher.

The secret to painting the eyes is to use a tiny brush size 6000. You hold the brush straight up all the time you are working on the eyes. Paint only five to seven lashes on each eyelid.

All the doll artists I have known paint their doll's eyes with their eyebrow shape. I went to a department store to see how Royal Doulton figurine's eyes looked. At that time, the company used a medium Grey China paint.

I am retired from the fashion business and have come full-circle in my design innovations by learning digital art. Now, I am digitally designing jewelry, jackets, skirts, dresses, jumpsuits, Shawls, and decorator fabrics in a wide array of colors and prints. Some of the clothing items would never fit a real person, but I have included them for the colors and shapes.

The cartoon type animals, birds, monsters, and various other images like the elephant chairs, and the garden settee, etc. seem to show up. When they do, I am amazed and thrilled; Digital abstract art is one of my inspirations; I am never bored.