Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"K" is for Kiyo

Last week I finished my Japanese doll Kiyo. I thought since her name begins with "K" I would save her for "K" day.

I planned the design and started working on her before the terrible disaster that hit Japan last month. I have her on display with Maixiu in my booth at The Market Place. When she is adopted I will send part of the proceeds to the Red Cross to help with Japan's disaster relief.

I really loved working on Kiyo. My goal was to create her costume and hair in a slightly different style than most Japanese dolls. I did some research to find an image that was what I wanted. I found this beautiful photo of a warrior princess with her long hair in a pony tail and down on the sides. This was a different image from the usual "geisha" type dolls that have their hair up in an elaborate style.

Happy to share Kiyo here with you.


  1. Your dolls are fabulous. I love them.

  2. Oh...dolls. Such beautiful detail and colors. Wow. I can't image what the people are going through over there. Such incredible hardship and courage, I think.

    When I saw the name 'Kiyo', I thought of Richelle Mead's use of the name in her 'Dark Swan' series.

  3. What a beautiful blog for such wonderful creativity! I’m so glad I found your blog. I’m stopping by from the A to Z challenge and I look forward to reading more from you.

  4. Wow, she's beautiful. I enjoyed reading some of your other posts as well tonight.
    Found your blog via the A-Z challenge. Following You! Come on over and say "hi".
    Blue Velvet Vincent