I often feel rather sad when I read comments from fellow doll collectors of my generation who say that their children and grandchildren are not interested in dolls and may even actively dislike them. As children today seem to grow out of dolls so quickly it sometimes makes me wonder whether there will even be doll collectors in the future.
I think that a lot of us who blog about dolls or read blogs have come to the internet because there are not so many places to meet like-minded people in the real world. Many cities may not have a doll club or doll shows that collectors can go to. Doll Museums, which are usually privately owned, are closing down everywhere as the owners retire or pass away.
Luckily the internet has come to our rescue with many collectors like us sharing photos of their dolls and their knowledge. Apart from websites, blogs and Facebook groups a lot of them have chosen to do this by making YouTube videos. This is particularly true of younger collectors and its very encouraging to see how many there are out there.
I watch a lot of YouTube as it is a great place to find tutorials on various cleaning and fixing techniques as well as seeing different sorts of dolls. Naomi and I have been watching tutorials on various things such as how to paint faces and hair, how to fix swingy limbs, boil wash doll hair, make shoes from 3D fabric paint and doll clothes from balloons. Pretty well anything you want to try there is probably someone out there on the information super highway that has already done it and made a video.
Another thing that some collectors are doing is making stop motion films with fashion dolls. I wouldn’t have the patience to do this myself but I enjoy watching them and I think it is another creative way to play with dolls. I especially like that some of the people doing this are younger people. It’s good to see that not everyone grows out of playing with dolls at seven or eight.
Here are just a few doll channels on YouTube. I hope to post in more detail about some of these later on.
A Thousand Splendid Dolls –https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKF3M2yGqQvv-ZAIw6Am9Fg
Shelley who owns this channel has a massive collection of dolls, American Girls, Barbie, Bratz , Monster High and Disney are the mainstays. She does tutorials on fixing the dolls that she and her sister buy at flea markets and Thrift shops. I will write a bit more about them in a future post.
Sam and Mickey – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6W4YaL66OO7EVRZJlGcK8gE
Sam and Mickey are two Aussie girls who make stop motion films featuring Barbie and friends. These are parodies and might not be everyone’s cup of tea as they have a lot of shall we say adult content but they are very well done. They also occasionally make tutorials on how to do stop motion filming, how they make their sets etc.
Everything Dolls – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIBJUVtzaxaHhx6RtvdKJ2A
This channel is owned by Kelsey who I am guessing is quite young. Kelsey also makes The stop motion Barbie films which are a bit more family friendly.
The Reluctant Reviewer and Kewpie83 are a mother and daughter team who do doll reviews of all types of dolls and action figures. You will also know Ashley (Kewpie83) from her blog “Confessions of a Doll Collector’s Daughter”.
Hairstyle Tutorials – https://www.youtube.com/user/pradbit78/featured
Lots of hairstyle tutorials and some for clothing, furniture and accessories too. These have a music background which I find distracting but you can always mute it.
Poppen Atelier – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcYRw5J5-C8plZoeZ7x2QQw/featured
This lady has tutorials on repainting, rerooting and making accessories plus she is quite entertaining to listen to.
So there is just a small sample of what’s out there in YouTube Land. Feel free to share any other good ones in comments.
Here’s the only doll video I have posted up to now.