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, almost 60, 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 at the newly painted front door to my studio at the Jackson Art Center, where I am concentrating on making my dolls now. This was just before the December 2019 Open Studios.
We have Open Studios twice a year, once in late November or early December and once in early May. But you are also welcome to come and make a studio visit by arrangement. Send me a message to arrange a visit.
Black Doll Magic Exhibit, Brown Studio, Richmond, VA November 29-December 21, 2019. I exhibited some of my flip dolls at this exhibit and then gave a talk on flip dolls. Below are some photos from this exhibit.