Hello! And welcome to Forlorn Dolls!
My name is Samantha Meyers. I am an OOAK Art Doll Artist.
I sculpt by hand with no molds, I sew by hand with no sewing
machine. I hand paint my creations and I create my own
character designs. I am inspired by Edward Gorey, John Kenn
Mortensen, but most of all by the emotions of restrictions that
were brought on from the Victorian Era and even some time
periods which surround it. I seek to capture the soul as best as
I can in my pieces.
My journey into the world of Art Dolls began with my
honeymoon in Salem, Massachusetts where I saw the very
first piece I would ever gaze upon by Joyce Stahl of Enchanted
Productions. This was my inaugural glance into the community
of Doll Artisans. I quickly started to research Stahl and other
artisans, at first just eager to purchase a piece of art.
However, fascination at the unique art form drew me in. I was
viewing something truly beautiful which I had never been
privy to in art school. For years I had been searching for a
calling. And suddenly I felt inspired again. Once we returned
home I quickly went to work on my first Art Doll, Victoria. To
this day she sits in my studio as a reminder of where I began.
Above my desk is perched a beautiful Halloween Pumpkin
doll by Joyce Stahl, as a little guardian and reminder of the
amazing inspiration she has given me.
"Sweep whirling winds through weeping willow
on a damp and foggy night
comes the howling cries of a woman
filled with desperate daunting fright.
Satin slippers clumsily racing through a darkened stormy wood
echo resounding bouncing from here to there
as she finally emerges rattled
and full of haunting despair.
Pale and encrusted from head to foot with branches and leaves
from her tumbles and troubles while running and dashing
from unseen terrible ghouls…
Our maiden appears
Breathless and shaken by spectral sight,
or ravaged by thoughts of death in a fort night
She stumbles and gathers what strength remains
and carries herself off into the waves
Watching and wading, hopeless from saving
she is victim to her very own notion,
of terrible forsaken unavoidable plight.
She is Forlorn"
-Lady Forlorn, by Samantha Meyers