Colleen Babcock is a blogger, cloth art doll and craft designer offering patterns, online classes and in-person workshops. Originally from Canada, Colleen has a BFA in Theatre Design & Production from York University in Toronto. Now living in London, England, Colleen regularly teaches and exhibits in the UK and across North America. Colleen has contributed to Patti Medaris Culea’s book Creative Cloth Doll Beading: Designing and Embellishing with Beads (Quarry Books) and Creative Cloth Doll Collection: A Complete Guide to Creating Figures, Faces, Clothing, Accessories, and Embellishments as well as Barbara Willis’ book Cloth Doll Artistry: Design and Costuming Techniques for Flat and Fully Sculpted Figures (Quarry Books) and has been featured in numerous craft and doll magazines, including Simply Homemade, Art Doll Quarterly and Soft Dolls & Animals. While regularly writing guest posts for popular craft blogs, such as Tatertots & Jello and Whip Up, Colleen keeps the creativity levels high on her own blog, themagicbean.typepad.com.
As cloth doll design is basically miniature costuming, Colleen enjoys putting her knowledge of historical costume into many of her designs. One of Colleen’s goals is to make sure that each design is a new and fresh concept with a distinctly shaped pattern and an expressive face. Dolls that have a practical purpose are a particular passion with dolls that double as clocks, jewellery holders or eye glass caddies all forming part of her collection of designs. Over-riding all of these interests is Colleen’s passion for sharing everything she knows to help people create to the best of their ability and have fun while doing it.
Oh and she has an un-natural love of alfafa sprouts, loves Elmo, her parents and friends, but that goes without saying (Ok, well, maybe not the alfafa sprouts bit).
Some of the blogs and websites that have featured Colleen: