The Peddler was flattered and pleased when Nancy Gibbs of Jericho Mountain Folkart ask if we'd be interested in carrying her new doll patterns. Nancy is well known in traditional crafts circles. In 2001 she was chosen for the Directory of Top 200 Traditional Craftsmen by Early American Life® magazine. She is also a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and was selected as the featured artist in the Spring 2002 issue of Bucks County Town and Country Living® magazine.
Nancy shared with us her "vision of the past" as follows:
"My dolls and Father Christmas figures are reminiscent of the naive style of the popular folkart portraits of the early 19th century by such artists as Ammi Phillips as well as the cloth dolls of Izannah Walker and other 19th century cloth doll artists.
Historical trips were a highlight of my childhood. We traveled to such places as Williamsburg, Monticello, historic Boston and Philadelphia and humbler venues as well. I always wanted to know how the women and men who lived in the early years of our country did their everyday work, to find out about the techniques and materials they used. Now I try to recreate same feeling of charm in my work, to emulate the simplicity of Early American country design, combined with the warmth of gentle aging."
Nancy works in cloth and paperclay, using a variety of techniques and materials. All of her designs are original, and she uses vintage, reproduction and recycled fabrics whenever possible. Quality of workmanship and attention to detail are very important to her. She says "my late husband George was a constant source of loving support and encouragement, and I dedicate my work to his memory."
Nancy exhibits at the Market Square Traditional Wholesale Shows in Ft. Washington, PA, so if you're in that area, be sure to look her up.
A beautiful 22" cloth folkart doll
with braided wool roving hair
and soft watercolor pencil features.
Although we have no more of Nancy's patterns,
we'll keep this entry "for the record."
You may presonally make up to 25 of these dolls per year for retail sale at craft shows, shops or on the internet as long as you give credit to Nancy Gibbs and Jericho Mountain Folkart as the designer. You may not teach the doll without permission or make copies of the pattern or any parts thereof by any means whatsoever to sell, trade or give away.