Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Devout Dolls Interview and Giveaway!

I believe that Sara Lanzillotta is one of the old school plush ladies out there. She makes amazing plush dolls from her Hollywood plush portraits to her two headed dolls. She's super talented, super sweet and I am glad she is finally up here with an interview. Leave a comment here with your contact info for your chance to win one of her owls.




S- How did you start sewing? When did you start developing toys?

DD- My mom tried to teach me to sew when I was pretty young since she was a sewer as a profession and my grandmother was a sewer. I, however, was way too impatient and stubborn and didn't want to learn so I managed to avoid it until I was about 20 when I started teaching myself. I used to draw a lot and eventually started coming up with ideas for dolls and stuffed things that I wanted. Since they didn't exist in the world, I realized I would have to make them myself. I didn't have a machine back then so I was doing hand sewing. Eventually it lead to me getting my own machine. Once I had all the knowledge and accessories I went to town and made as many different things as possible. There was no looking back!



S- I see you at craft fairs all around town. Have you ever done shows outside of the PNW? Where can people find ya'?

DD- I occasionally do shows in Los Angeles. I'm from there so I get to cheat and use it as an excuse to visit family while I'm back. I do a lot of group shows as well that are across the country. It is easier to keep my shows close to home though so I tend to stay here a lot. If you're in Canada, you can find my things at The Lounge Collection in BC (www.theloungecollection.com). In Oregon I'm at Jaminga (www.Jaminga.com), and in Los Angeles I'm at Monkeyhouse Toys (www.monkeyhousetoys.com) Also, you can check out my "Stores and Events" page on my website. I list all my upcoming gallery and craft shows there. www.devoutdolls.com/stores.htm



Read full interview here

17 comments:

Mel said...

Cute dolls. I wonder how long designing/making these takes?

s4ndm4n said...

Love the doll, owl and odd, siamese deer. ;)

queenoftheclick said...

These dolls are so cute. I love the owl!


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Jennifer Yellow-Hat said...

It's good to see something a bit different. I love the deer!

Eva said...

i love her work and i love owls, so i'm going to have to enter :D thanks for posting the interview!

ekrzemin(at)yahoo(dot)com

Pang said...

owls are my favorite animals! i especially love the Chicago doll.

pangalang12@hotmail.com

lookwhaticando said...

I love your work and have always wanted a two headed deer...xo
www.Plush-a-holic.blogspot.com

flurogoddess said...

Oh those owls are cute!

I'd love to win one!

jenniferlfee ( @ ) gmail.com

lattermild said...

Wow, the cabaret-doll is amazing, the deer weird and wonderful and the owl adorable! Great interview, too!

Henriette said...

They look damn cute!

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Claudia said...

That was interesting. The dolls are cute even with two heads. :) But Liza in Cabaret was fantastic. And I do love owls. :D

iamnotanoctopus said...

I've been drawn in by the cute. iamnotanoctopus (at) gmail.com

Jessica McLeod said...

That owl is so gorgeous! tiny_monster at hotmail.com

Liane said...

Hah, I love all of her designs! Great stuff.

Anonymous said...

i remember when you had a few things at a small shop in my town. i love your work! the deer is amazing!

ypsipuppy at hotmail dot com

Kimberly Pye said...

I love the owl!

I hope I win!

kimberlypye *at* gmail *dot* com

ironbru1 said...

I have one of Devout Dolls a two headed girl in a skull dress. she makes me smile every time I see her!
The place in B.C. Canada is in Tofino a surfer/whale watching town on Vancouver Island.
check out her website!