Convention 2014 Artist Spotlight ~ Susan Fosnot


The UFDC Convention in San Antonio, Texas will be the doll collector event of the year for 2014. A line up of outstanding artists and manufacturers are currently working to create special dolls for our ticketed meal events. UFDC is pleased to help you get to know these individuals and companies.


Susan Fosnot has been a doll maker since very early childhood. Not satisfied with crayons and coloring books, she always wanted to make “real” things, not just pictures of things. She continually added to her doll making skills. First she learned hand sewing from her mother; then her grandmother taught her to use a sewing machine. At the University of Wisconsin—Madison, she majored in Fine Arts with an emphasis on drawing and portraiture.

fosnot1Susan experimented with many different materials, and finally focused on cloth as the natural choice for creating figures. Being familiar, versatile and pleasant to hold, the “rag doll” aspect of cloth dolls forms a direct connection with us. Influenced by the cloth dolls of the 19th century such as, J.B. Sheppard’s “Philadelphia Baby”, Ella Smith’s “Alabama Baby” and the dolls of Izannah Walker, this artist has become well known for her one-of-a-kind painted cloth dolls.

fosnot2However, Susan’s dolls go far beyond most cloth dolls. The detailed construction and the portrait style painting of the faces make Susan’s dolls unique. The faces are flat, but the amazing painting makes them appear three-dimensional. Susan then dresses her dolls in antique fabrics and trims, which lift her dolls out of the contemporary context, and make them welcome additions to antique doll collections.

fosnot3Susan is a member of the prestigious artist organization, NIADA and ODACA. In Susan’s own words; “Because I love rag dolls and antique fabrics- and love to paint… I make painted cloth dolls.”

Her work has appeared in Doll Reader, Contemporary Doll Collector, Dolls, Soft Dolls And Animals, Early American Homes Guide to Traditional Craftsmen (four times), and two of Susanna Oroyan’s books. She has written articles on doll making for Doll Crafter Magazine, on dolls as art for Contemporary Doll Collector, and on the Columbian Doll for Doll News and has been selected five times for Early American Life Directory of Top Traditional Crafters.


fosnot5“no family of dolls is complete that does not include a real rag doll, which will bear any amount of hugging,” Delineator magazine, December 1882

Rag dolls have been an important part of the childhood experience for generations. Diverse in their variety of material and design, many hold a place in the hearts of the doll collectors of today.

fosnot6You can join the fun at this ticketed luncheon where attendees will share their love of rag dolls. For the event souvenir Susan will debut a doll design which incorporates a new technique that captures the artistry and quality of her one-of-a-kind dolls.

She and her studio artisans will be hand making this precious doll for all those who attend this event. Our souvenir doll Annie is sure to steal your heart away. A companion doll Anders, will also be available.
fosnot7Be sure to place this event on your convention schedule for San Antonio!

4 Responses to “Convention 2014 Artist Spotlight ~ Susan Fosnot”

  1. Nancy Hall says:

    Do so enjoy Susan!

  2. Donna Sims says:

    I love Susan’s dolls & plan to attend her event if possible.

  3. Rosie Morrill says:

    I am so hopeful that I will get into this luncheon. I love Susan’s dolls.

  4. Fran Marcoux says:

    Wow , Susan , you knocked my sox off .
    I met you at Wenham , mass doll museum as I took a Gail Wilson class .Though I have yet to take a wished for class with you , I was amazed to find you this summer .
    I went to Oskosh Wi. The very first plane I looked at inside the museum was is ridden by none than your work, Orville Wright . I recognized your hand instantly ,cheered when I checked your card . Wanted to say congrats on being there. .I was so happy to see a friend at such a huge ,life changing event .
    Hope that you get there one Wednesday p m ,a realy BIG show ,Indeed I joined the civil air patrol , still hope to join one of your classes
    Fondly, Fran Marcoux

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