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Q: What is your real name?
A: Melissa Smith
Q: Do you do this for a living?
A: No, not currently! I have a part time job at a library.
Q: Where do you live?
A: Las Vegas NV
Q: How old are you?
A: I am currently 28 years old. I was born in 1988.
Q: How long have you been collecting paper dolls?
A: Ever since I was a kid I would buy paper dolls from antiques stores that my mother and grandmother would take me to if I could afford them, usually just partial cut sets. I began seriously collecting in about 2007 or so.
Q: How did you get so many paper dolls?
A: I like to buy large lots and even purchased entire collections.
Q: How long have you been drawing paper dolls?
A: I have done paper doll art since I was a kid. My early art was usually a dress a doll. I continued designing paper dolls through high school and have always loved designing fashions.
Q: How do you draw your paper dolls?
A: Depends! I usually start with a pencil sketch and then use ink for the outlines. I like to color my dolls in Adobe Photoshop but sometimes use traditional mediums such as colored pencil and water colors. I also design dolls in Adobe Illustrator.
Q: Why paper dolls?
A: As a child, I struggled with fine motor skills. My mother gave me cut out paper dolls to help improve my ability to use scissors and encouraged my art and drawing. When money was tight, my mother would print paper dolls off the early days of the internet. I loved playing with paper dolls, creating wardrobes and making up stories about the dolls. I love the vintage art and fashion.
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