Jess has always been inspired by beautiful textiles. She began making dolls for her children 13 years ago using old cashmere sweaters and antique remnants. As committed flea market goers, they would search together for amazing antique pieces, trims, buttons and findings.This has now all come together as a small line of one of a kind and hand made rag dolls.
Each doll is hand dyed in persian black teas to create variations in skin tones. Each doll is stuffed with a sustainable corn fiber stuffing. They are all made of cotton muslin and linen, and of primarily recycled and antique fabrics and findings. Each doll is created with button shoulders. This may not be suitable for children under three years. Jess also collaborates with several designers, using scrap remnants left over from a current season cutting. These dolls are created as limited edtion collections. Jess works in her studio in Petaluma, California with a small group of local hand work artists to create each doll.
Jess Brown rag dolls are available in select shops around the world. Each doll is completely unique and cut to order. Jess lives in Petaluma, California with her children Stella and Tiger and her husband Erio.
There is something truly beautiful about a threadbare, worn, and well loved doll that has been created with the finest materials.