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Interview with Val from Kooky Dolls!

Val and her Kooky Dolls will be at the November 30th San Francisco Bazaar in SF!

Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your business.
Kooky Dolls were created in 2006 by artist Val Rousseau.
After an afternoon of doll making with her eldest daughter, Val realized she found something she truly enjoyed. She also realized that her eldest daughter was very fond of her creations. Her “Kooky Dolls” were born. Later, she expanded her product line to include accessories and dresses for the “funky” toddler. Val’s unique products are sold in stores coast to coast.
Val has a formal education in Fine Arts, which has allowed her to explore different mediums. Val uses her fine arts background to compose fun colors, patterns, and designs.

When Val isn’t busy at her sewing machine she also works as a freelance web designer and full-time mom, I mean Domestic Engineer.

What are your favorite crafts and how did you first get involved with crafting?
My favorite things are plushies and art dolls. I also like anything with a sense of humor.
I first starting making dolls in 2006 by accident. My daughter saw a pig in a certain handmade site…ahem..
and she said, “oh can we make that?” So I took out my scraps of fabric and made one, then two..and so on.

What do you like best, coming up with ideas or executing them?
I like them both.

Are you super organized or messy?What does your workspace look like?
I am a mess. It drives my husband crazy. Even though I am out in the converted garage it is still a mess.
I have always worked like that. When I was in art school my studio was a pit. But to me its an “organized” mess.

Any exciting future plans or developments in the works for your business?
I have a distributor, DKE Toys. I am just starting out with them so hopefully things will evolve.

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