Welcome! I'm Erika Cleveland. I'm an artist and writer, and former art therapist. My mission is to, through my healing dolls, be a channel for healing for women in transition. I'm at that stage of life, recently hit 50, where priorities shift and what once seemed important has changed. To be perfectly honest, change terrifies me and so am living the phrase, "teach what you most need to learn."
I make dolls that are meant to be a catalyst for change. Some of them can be viewed here on the website. If you are interested in a custom made doll, for specific healing purposes, please see the commissioned doll page.
I offer workshops for women to make dolls, and to create inspirational books, all on the theme of healing, change and transformation. And I've been an artist for most of my life, recently (last five or so years) taking up doll-making as my passion. Now I want to bring my passions and gifts out into the bigger world. You can expect quirky, fun, transformational things to be happening here. My website continues to change and develop as I add new techniques, experiences and skills to my repertoire.
Me with my fellow associate artists (left), "Fierce" Sonia, Brandon Newton and Susan Sherwin, at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA before our group show in the original Associates Gallery, back in Nov, 2014. The Associates Gallery moved November 2015 to the third floor, Studio 311.
If you want to view my art in person, here are two places to go:
Jackson Art Center-Studio 15A, visits by appointment or, next Open Studio day, May 1st, 2016
Shedding the Skin of an Outworn Life: Reinvention of the Self through Doll-Making: Talk in January 2015 at Morrison House in Alexandria, VA. Below are some of the dolls made by participants in a brief doll-making workshop after the talk.
And back in New Haven, CT, where I used to live...
Participants at a Tea for the "Beautiful You" workshop, held at Lyric Hall in New Haven, CT in 2012.
About Erika: "Brave. Always willing, almost drawn to exploring the shadows, for the purpose of discovering hidden beauty. On a mission to show that jewels in the shadow are better than what we see in the light." Pam Haley www.pamhaley.com
"Honesty in showing up, humbleness, so many gifts and talents." Sarah Kent www.sarah-kent.com
"Openness, willingness to show all parts of herself. Heart of gold. Creativity and way of expressing it in the world inspires her." Mindy Meiring www.bridgescoaching.com