Honoring Mary Vlasak

This week a lovely doll maker and collector named Mary Vlasak passed away. Mary lived in Australia, and owned a doll museum for 35 years. She was passionate about dolls and dollmaking. Mary always signed her e-mails "smiling, Mary".

My first interaction with Mary was when I got an e-mail out of the blue from a woman in Australia. I had just listed my first "Spotted Killjoy" and wrote about the things which quell the creative spirit. She e-mailed me an encouraging note. She e-mailed me when I made my first Izannah inspired doll. And recently she e-mailed "I hope you are going to continue with your Izannahs, each one is better than the last. Smiling, Mary."

When I think of MaryI think of Encouragement.

On Christmas Eve I started an Izannah inspired doll in Mary's honor. Mary was the person who first told Teresa Baker about using paperclay over cloth, and Teresa is the one who told me about the process. It's a circle of sharing and encouragement, and I hope to encourage someone else in the way Mary did. I'm sure Mary would smile at that.

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden


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