Pg.10 Editor’s Letter
Pg.13 Mens’ POV
Pg.15 Newsfront: Tonner Doll
Pg.17 Newsfront: Kingdom Doll
Pg.19 Artist Q&A: Arnaldo Cardona
Pg.82 Last Look: Taking Care of Business
Pg.24 So- You Want To Be in The Business?
Pg.28 Volks Collaborates With Junichi Nakahara
Pg.36 FDQ Presents Their Favorite Independents
Pg.43 Career Gal: Barbie’s Work Fashions
By Pat Henry
Pg. 50 Nigel Chia: Inside The Atelier
By Pat Henry
Pg. 56 Facets By Marcia
By Terri Gold
Pg. 60 Matilda Pink: Dressing Blythe
By Ian Price
Pg. 69 Sew Fine: Doll Fashion Designers
By Glenn Mielke
Pg. 74 Strictly Business
By Michaela Unbehau
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TCB. That was Elvis’ motto: Takin’ Care of Business. I have a shot glass from Graceland with that logo on it. I was thinking about how I created a business from the hobby I love, and realized that so many of you, have, too.
Unlike, say, gardening (the number one hobby in the US), we have many artists and designers who have taken their love of dolls and made this passion a profit-making endeavor. Whether you are repainting dolls for an auction, or reselling fashions and props you no longer need, you are in the business of developing customers and generating income.
With that in mind, we have a feature just for the new entrepreneur all about setting up shop. How do you begin a new company and what are some of the skills you need to get started? Do you know the most common talent all the successful doll designers have in common? We look at all the key steps you should take to get your business in order, so you can enjoy a popular and gratifying way to enjoy your love of dolls.
This issue also features an overview of some of our favorite businesses, whether they are small doll manufacturers, fashion designers or doll artists. Need an evening gown for Barbie? We can help! Looking for a beautifully constructed couch? We have got you covered! This list is eclectic and colorful and in no particular order. We asked our contributors to share with us who they go to for their shopping needs, so they are coming right from your fellow collectors. We are sure you will know many of these names, but it’s nice to see a large group all together that you can reference again and again.
We do understand that there are many, many more talented creators out there, and we welcome your input on which of these wonderful talents we should cover in upcoming issues. Please drop us a line if you know someone that the doll world should meet. We are always looking for fresh talent, as well as giving a shout out to the veterans who have given us dolls and fabulous fashions for many years.
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