Every artist needs inspiration. We often start our craft out of admiration of artists who's work we love. I fall for handmade toys with unique character rather than the calculated appeal of mass marketed goods. As Austin Kleon says in his book Steal Like an Artist "Nothing is original so embrace influence, school yourself through the work of others, remix and reimagine to discover your own path."
I love looking at whimsical and creative toys on Instagram and Etsy. There are many wonderful artists out there creating beautiful dolls. Some are well known and have large followings (forestcreaturedolls, humbletoys, phoebeandegg, lespetitmains) while others are more obscure.
Here are some of my favorite inspiring doll shops with links so you can go exploring. I could go on and on but its easier if you just go to my Instagram page and see who I'm following.
Note: All photos below belong to the doll makers who took them.
I hope you were inspired by my tour of Etsy handmade toy stores! Stop by my shop if you are looking for cute dolls in fall fashions.
Have a fun weekend.