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Dolls with even more of a mission

Aptly named artist, J Stocks Dearborn, creates “one of a kind, handsculpted, newborn art dolls” on her equally aptly named online store, My Tangible Peace.

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The artist explains the driving force behind her craft, “I love babies, I always have, they completely amaze me. And when I discovered my passion for sculpting the newborn form I was instantly sucked into the world of dolls.”

Indeed, her newborn dolls are as realistic as you can get. They are anatomically correct, with 10 fingers and 10 toes, wrinkles and creases, and last but not least, light veining. In fact, some even have slight cone-shaped heads and come with clamped umbilical cords. As the artist herself puts it, her newborn dolls are “really just a pint-sized version of the real thing.”

For an estimate of size, Olivia Anne – #157/07, a gender-neutral baby with an ample amount of blonde Mohair, selling for $120 (USD), is 4 inches long.

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Besides the regular miniature dolls, My Tangible Peace also carries life-sized newborn dolls, such as Maxwell Thomas – #165/07, who measures 7 inches long and weighs 5lbs, and “will arrive at his new home with [p]acifier, preemie star T-shirt [and] [P]amper, a pink/[b]lue hospital hat and blanket, [and a] Hospital ID tag.”

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But what will really make you sit up is that in addition to regular miniature newborn dolls and life-sized newborn dolls, the artist also sculpts “memorial pieces,” meaning commissioned replicas of babies who have passed on. In fact, the artist’s first memorial piece was of her own baby daughter. She says, “It only seemed natural – I was sculpting to help me cope with my own grief over the loss of my daugher.” She then progressed to sculpting memorial pieces for other bereaved parents. “[I]t seemed right to take that energy and put it into Art Dolls that were being requested from other familes who walk my path,” she continues.

Even though the artist estimates that a large part of her work – about 85% of her newborn dolls – are memorial pieces, she does not charge for them. She reasons, “It’s not Art for Art’s sake… it’s art for the heart… [H]ow can you put a price tag on something that is priceless? … I am not out there to make money off of your loss.” Instead, she takes a donation to cover the cost of her supplies in making these memorial pieces.

(Link to My Tangible Peace)

Is memory made tangible still memory? At which point does Buadrillard’s simulacrum become the real thing? Rushdie’s Fury, anyone?

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Wednesday, 22 August 2007 - Posted by | Pop Culture

20 Comments »

  1. uhhh that is really cute so real looking aswel but there sould b more pics

    Comment by cutepup | Sunday, 6 January 2008 | Reply

  2. yuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11 arrrrghh!!!

    Comment by Anonymous | Thursday, 10 January 2008 | Reply

  3. well i have 1 real life doll alrealdy but i want one that can feel the hart beat and she or he breathes

    i am 14 years old i would love a baby girl with these in it ok haw much will that be

    mum is wondering and haw long will it take to come to the house

    Comment by becky barbour | Saturday, 23 February 2008 | Reply

  4. oh my gosh tese babies look soo real they even have the marks on their skin that some people get i want 1 !!! but im not that rich …. :(

    Comment by lucy | Saturday, 15 March 2008 | Reply

  5. these r so cute and addorball i have one

    Comment by niome | Thursday, 3 April 2008 | Reply

  6. How much is the little boy its price has too be in the range of $. 50/90 if it would be i could get one for may b-day may-be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Emily | Sunday, 13 April 2008 | Reply

  7. How much is the little boy its price has too be in the range of $. 50/90 if it would be i could get one for may b-day may-be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I wish you could give people a brack some people do not have that much money.P.S. if i was you i would lower your prices and people would by your baby dolls a lot more ,and you could get more money.Lower your prices too $.50 + taxs

    Comment by Emily | Sunday, 13 April 2008 | Reply

  8. Them babys are REALLy scary ! no affence

    Comment by njaiobjaslb | Monday, 28 April 2008 | Reply

  9. the sweet things are just so tiny i have one my self her names called sarah

    Comment by rosie | Sunday, 18 May 2008 | Reply

  10. my daughter wants one , how can i get one

    Comment by mya | Saturday, 9 August 2008 | Reply

  11. These are MEMORIAL dolls, NOT children’s toys. And asking her to lower her price on a piece of art work that she poured her heart into is just offensive. And PS, this is not Jenn’s blog, you cannot ask her questions here and expect to get a response.

    Comment by Cassie | Friday, 15 August 2008 | Reply

  12. I NEED ONE PLEAS TELL ME WERE I CAN FIND THEM IN LONDON PLEAS I WILL BE REALY HAPPY IF I FIND ONE PLEAS TELL ME

    Comment by nilgun | Sunday, 23 November 2008 | Reply

  13. OMG these babys r adorable i want 1 so bad .maybe u should lower the price then more ppl would buy them seriously u should

    Comment by makaila | Wednesday, 18 February 2009 | Reply

  14. what the jesus is that it looks like it is a f***ing ***********()76&$%$*(($%#

    Comment by Anonymous | Friday, 19 June 2009 | Reply

  15. those babies look so real that i wish i can have it!

    Comment by crystal | Tuesday, 30 June 2009 | Reply

  16. hi i was wondering how to order.

    Comment by ladec | Saturday, 19 June 2010 | Reply

  17. thay are Well scarey:/

    Comment by Anonymous | Sunday, 13 March 2011 | Reply

  18. is that 7″ long a typo? Did you mean 17″

    Comment by dianne lindsey | Saturday, 27 July 2013 | Reply

  19. Bron. Doll

    Comment by Christy | Wednesday, 23 October 2013 | Reply

  20. How much do you want for this baby!!!!!

    Comment by oriana | Thursday, 2 October 2014 | Reply


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