Pictures of all rockers to date!!
The very first dolls were featured in Mojo Magazine in 2001. They featured the Sgt. Pepper Beatles, The Byrds and The Who and they asked me to make Led Zeppelin. They said that initially they were going to be given away as a competition prize, but I have it on good authority that instead they adorn the Mojo office Christmas tree. thank you to Lois Wilson for publishing the article!
The early dolls were very simple. They were actually based on a patterns for nursery rhyme characters my grandma had in a knitting magazine. I probably made Miss Muffet & Little Boy Blue as a child… then one day when I was extremely bored one summer between university terms I adapted little Boy Blue, into the Sgt Pepper Beatles. I just had to make the jacket a little longer and add embroidery and epaulettes! Others from this period included….
Abba. Dresses in the ‘Arrival’ cover outfits.
The Small Faces… Very mod!
The Byrds.. Mr Tambourine Man, first Album cover line up.
Beatles Sgt Pepper.
A lot of the cast from Buffy the Vampire Slayer! This was a bit of an obsession for a while!
I recently dug them all out and too them to a nearby cemetery… where else?
Simon & Garfunkel
The Mammas & Pappas
Then they started getting a little bigger! I added a wire frame to the design so they were more posable and the body shape was a little more realistic with shaped shoulders, neck and head.
Beatles Abbey Road
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds cover line up
Amy Winehouse with mega boufant!
Dusty Springfield… with eyelashes & moderate boufant!
Tom Waits… with removable hat!
Jerry Garcia with custom guitar. Thank you lovely Tom & Lisa!
Jackie Geene x 3! For the lovely Lisa again. On of these was given to the man himself!
Gene Clark pictured here with our buddy Sid Griffin.
I also made A LOT of Bob Dylans starting up again in 2014 after encouragement from the Dylan community at Expecting Rain. Some of them even follower Bob on tour!
Subterranean Homesick Blues Bob in the Savoy alleyway.
Jack Fate (2003 Masked & Anonymous character). I made a lot of these!
1966 Live Bob
Highway 61 Album cover Bob
2001 Dylan.. for Nicole
Rolling Thunder Revue Bob… with special flowers on his hat!
Alias, character from Pat Garret & Billy The Kid
Bob in the Traveling Wilburys. These now appropriately belong to Dave, who is Roy Orbison in the Trembling Wilburys! So Roy has a really good home! (I would still like to do Jeff Lynne again)
Branched out in to writers, philosophers and others mixing up the small and large sizes on a a whim depending on who took my fancy!
Allen Ginsberg, Large size doll. Here he is at the Beat Hotel in Paris
Ross & Demelza Poldark by the river in Richmond
Townes Van Zandt… because he’s an amazing songwriter!
Simone De Beauvoir & Jean-Paul Satre. Here they are at Montparnasse cemetery in Paris.
Albert Camus, French Existentialist philosopher & Writer
Most recently in 2015 I did a huge commission for the marvelous Mr Mick Fleetwood! I was able to deliver his four sets of Fleetwood Mac dolls to him backstage at the 02.
Elliott Smith hanging around in East London near Aldgate.
The Pet Sounds Beach Boys went on show! Here are the guys in the window on Snap Gglleries in Piccadilly.