I love these dolls.
I first discovered Timor’s dolls on her Etsy shop. I thought they were charming and fun and would make for great gifts. But then I kept thinking about them—all of them—going back to Timor’s shop over the course of days and weeks. I became slightly obsessed. The dolls began to emerge as people familiar to me in my life. Sound a little crazy? Take a look…
I was curious to learn more about the dolls so I contacted Timor. She lives and works in Jaffa and was born and raised in Jerusalem.
She is proud of her family dolls. They come in all skin tones and all ages and genders, so people can assemble any family they please.
“I really like to see how they are being bought for every family model that you can possibly think of (two men and a baby, a single mom and twins, a family that consists of a grandmother, a brother and a sister, or of a father dark-skinned Chinese mother and three children, and sometimes even simply a ‘common’ family with uncles, neighbors and a dog,” Timor said. “Sometimes people write me asking for very special families, and it’s a delight to see what a variety of shapes and colors there are for love in the reality of a modern family.”
“Dolls,” Timor told me, “are simply the current manifestation of [my making stuff], which was there for as long as I can remember. Part of it probably has to do with the house I grew up in.” Timor’s mother is a carpenter and a ceramics artist who can also sew. She credits her mom for her gift of creativity.
“I had a good role model, Timor said, and I grew up surrounded by raw materials such as paints, glues, clay and fabric.” Timor also paints and has two studios, one for doll-making and the other for painting.
The dolls specifically came about almost by accident for Timor. She was moving houses a few years ago, and when she opened one of her drawers, she discovered this enormous textile collection that had been gathering for years but was ultimately forgotten about. There were old clothes she could no longer wear, embroidered pillow covers no one was using, and more. She could not let it all go to waste. Thus, the dolls were born.
Timor sums it up perfectly when she says, “I believe in saying much with few words.”
Each doll, like every person, is one of a kind.
Timor is offering free shipping through the holidays. Be sure to also view her new modern dollhouse line.