La Folie Emilie

September 29, 2010 | Comment4 comments - join the party! |

One day I opened up my email to find a lovely note about my dolls and if I was interested in swapping a doll. When I went to take a look at the work of Laurence Sauvage, I was very flattered that a person of such talent would like one of my dolls. Her work is beautiful and detailed and has a style all of her own.

I asked her for an interview because I was so curious, and wanted to get inside her head a bit to see where her world came from,this what she said…..

Please tell us a little about yourself!

I am a French mum, crafter and dreamer and I have lived in England for 15 years, first in London, now near Liverpool. I studied Graphic Design and Illustration in London and worked in magazine publishing for a few years but soon hated it the reason being that I find it hard to get on with ego crazy art directors… and I am just not the office type. I also worked with very young children in nurseries and primary schools and this is much more appealing to me as I don’t think I will ever come out of my own childhood. I find it fascinating to connect with children, and love getting into their world and listening to their little stories. My dolls also connect me to the child within me, and it’s a very precious place.

How did you get started making your lovely dolls?

I had always been creative, I always loved drawing faces and people, customising clothes and bags. Then I discovered Etsy in 2004 and fell in love with everything I saw. I decided to have a go at making dolls and accessories from then on.

What are your favorite materials to use?

Linen, canvas, calico, vintage print cottons found in charity shops.

Do you ever want to keep them?

Yes! I do love to share them too though and I love the idea of my dolls being scattered all around the world. I travel through them!

Where is your current inspiration coming from?

My garden. Nature inspires me more and more these days, me who used to be a London girl and a lover of all things urban… a slower pace of life since being a mum and more time to look at what surrounds me when I go for walks with my 2 year old daughter seems to be the reason. Other sources include primitive dolls, charity shops, embroidery crafts, children’s books and always the past, especially anything Victorian or related to the Bronte sisters.

Top favourite doll maker?

Julie Arkell, I wish I could afford lots of her dolls, but I am happy to own the one pictured on the cover of her book!

Did you have a favourite doll as a child? What was she/it like?

Funnily enough I wasn’t into dolls as a child, I was more of a tomboy into books and drawing. Strange to be obsessed with dolls as a ‘mature’ (hum) woman now!

You can visit her shop La Folie Emilie and her blog


4 comments - join the party!

i love the freckles and eyes! thanks for sharing her work with us, what a great doll maker!

by cArLa on September 29, 2010 at 8:59 pm. Reply #

Thanks for publishing my interview here! Lo from la folie emilie x

by LÔ on September 30, 2010 at 12:54 pm. Reply #

Oh my goodness, you're right, she is very creative and talented. I have been wanting to make another doll. I made one months ago and sent it to my baby niece for her 1 year birthday. Ready to make another!

by Bonnie on September 30, 2010 at 1:26 pm. Reply #

These are such wonderful dolls! Thank you for the introduction!

by Jingle on September 30, 2010 at 1:47 pm. Reply #