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Kendall Grad Honored for Original Doll Designs

Posted June 7, 2011 in Alumni

Kimberly Lasher, Illustration, ‚??88, is a household name among doll collectors, though few in West Michigan realize the award-winning doll artist calls Grand Rapids home.

Lasher designs resin ball-jointed dolls with pouty, hand-painted faces that sell for $300 to $1,500, depending on the size and edition of the doll. Her doll designs have earned her two International DOTY (Doll of the Year) Awards, and Lasher is one of just a few artists to win the awards in three categories.

Lasher‚??s melancholy dolls have intriguing, gloomy features. From fairies to ‚??Dark Alice‚?Ě and the ghostly ‚??Drucilla,‚?Ě Lasher creates interesting personas for collectors to enjoy. This year, a photo of Lasher‚??s 23-inch ‚??Juliet‚?Ě doll was featured on the cover of ‚??Doll Reader‚?Ě magazine‚??s 2011 collector‚??s edition.

After earning her degree, Lasher worked locally as a graphic designer before moving in 1989 to Paris, where she designed and painted dolls for a Parisian doll and marionette shop. When Lasher returned home in 1990, she started sculpting and experimenting with Fimo clay and made her first one-of-a-kind doll.

Lasher is working on a large-scale ArtPrize entry that will include a doll likeness of Anne Frank in the Secret Annex. She made a 30-inch Anne doll and will add Anne‚??s older sister, Margot, and Peter, the boy that moved into the annex with his family. ‚??I found it so interesting to be able to show these children living as they were,‚?Ě Lasher said about her boxed installation that will measure 5 feet by 6 feet by 4 feet when completed.