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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

BLACK DOLL COLLECTING NEW AND OLD

I found a site called "Black Doll Collecting" and came across a rather interesting article entitled:
"Mammy Dolls... Offensive or Not?"

It seems this is a controversial subject matter with many differing opinions. I've read her article and the comments that were posted. I hope to hear many thoughts as to how you view these dolls New and Old.

AFRICAN AMERICAN LADY DOLL BENITA BY BETHANN SCOTT

This African American Boy Doll was a Custom Order for a lady who owns the doll above "Benita".
AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE DOLL BY BETHANN SCOTT

 The doll couple below was a CUSTOM order. The dolls are considered to be spirit dolls for their ancestors. The gentleman who placed the order sent me this email: "Thank you for these Dolls that I will cherish my whole life and hopefully pass them down to the next generation".
On Etsy he left me this feedback:  Fast shipping, amazing Dolls, will be passed down in my family. Amazing Dolls, words cant express the beauty.
He proudly posted them on his Facebook page. 

What some will call "Mammy" may not be a mammy doll to others.
ANCESTOR SPIRIT DOLL COUPLE BY BETHANN SCOTT

      THIS DOLL COUPLE WAS A CUSTOM ORDER FOR A LADY
African American Doll Couple by Bethann Scott
  THIS IS THE MALE DOLL THAT WAS PINNED IN A CATEGORY "SLAVE DOLLS" on Pinterest. I was quite shocked to find my handsome male doll in a slave category when I had no intention of him as a slave. I MADE THIS MALE DOLL UPON REQUEST.
AFRICAN AMERICAN BOY DOLL BY BETHANN SCOTT

The beautiful Doll below was made in 2011 and I named her Karah. I did list her on Etsy as "Primitive Folk Art Mammy Doll". As time passed I realized that the word "mammy" was found to be offensive by some. Therefore, I  began  listing the dolls as African American (yet labeling them as mammy for the search engines because many people search for these dolls using that term).
AFRICAN AMERICAN LADY DOLL BY BETHANN SCOTT

This is "Cora Mae" by Frowning Francis. The pattern designer described the doll as "nostalgic folk art doll".
Frowning Francis Pattern Cora Mae

According to Wikipedia the word Nostalgic means: "a sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. In common, less clinical usage nostalgia can refer to a general interest in the past, their personalities and events, especially the "good old days" from one's earlier life. Although nostalgia is often triggered by negative feelings, it results in increasing one's mood and heightening positive emotions, which can stem from feelings of warmth or coping resulting from nostalgic reflections.

The doll below was the first doll I made using the "Cora Mae" doll pattern by Frowning Francis.

Because the "mammy" doll is associated with the historical slavery days of America, these dolls are causing some friction in emotions. I would like feedback, positive or negative about the new versions of this doll. Is the doll more acceptable if an African American makes the doll? Is it less acceptable if a Caucasian lady makes the doll? Is the doll below a doll that is acceptable to be made as long as the term "mammy" is not used to describe her? I know this is a sensitive subject, please respond.
African American Doll made by Bethann Scott

YOUR FEEDBACK WHETHER NEGATIVE OR POSITIVE IS WELCOME

Sunday, July 12, 2015

ON SECOND THOUGHT

After much thought, I feel I have made an error in bowing down to current social trends. The trend is for an artist not to make an item that may offend due to historical events that are considered sensitive issues. I will continue to make African American Dolls. The dolls I've made, considered by many to be a mammy style doll, have been enjoyed by those who have purchased them and very well loved.

I've re-read all the wonderful e-mails (feedback) that was sent to me concerning the African American Dolls I've made over the past 7 years. The feedback letters and personal comments brought me great joy.

Though Etsy may ban certain items that have been sold in the past:

I WILL BE MAKING AFRICAN AMERICAN DOLLS IN THE FUTURE WITH GREAT PLEASURE! I HOPE BY THE END OF THE SUMMER TO HAVE SOME MADE! WITH ONE EXCEPTION: THEY WILL BE MADE BASED UPON MY OWN PATTERN IN MY NEW DOLL STYLE AND SOLD HERE ON BLOGGER!

DANIKA AN AFRICAN AMERICAN DOLL
AFRICAN AMERICAN DOLL BY BETHANN SCOTT ©2015

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

This article is for those of you who have purchased  the African American Dolls I've made in the past and are wondering why I no longer make this style of doll. 


Etsy has stated that members come from all walks of life and may hold differing opinions of the legitimate collectibility of certain types of historical items. Etsy doesn't allow new versions of certain items connected to sensitive events of history. Because of this, Etsy does not allow new versions of the following types of items:   Mammy  (This was Etsy terminology. I used the description "African American" in my listings).


If any of my followers have wondered why I removed my African American Doll Page from Blogger is because some of my dolls were being pinned in a category called "Slave Dolls" on Pinterest.  This was shocking to find the African American dolls I made in this type of category. Therefore, I felt it necessary to request Pinterest to remove the pins. Many of the African American Dolls I've made were requested orders.


If I receive a request to make one of these dolls, I will need to sale the doll on blogger instead of Etsy. I plan on making African American Dolls, but as not to offend, the dolls will need to be more modern. Please leave feedback on how you feel and what you think concerning these dolls.

African American Doll by Bethann Scott The Stitch Fiddler


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