Augusta Handmade Fair

Our Spring Event is on May 4th from 12-4pm.

SHARON'S IMAGINATION

Art dolls

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Meet The Maker

WHO ARE YOU, WHERE ARE YOU FROM, & WHAT DO YOU DO?
Sharon Blaine Turner is an award winning Doll Artist from the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in upstate South Carolina. She comes from a long line of mountain artists and craftsmen who have left her with a rich heritage; one in which she has developed into her own unique style of doll making.

DESCRIBE YOUR PROCESS.
My dolls are completely handmade, including the face painting.  I let the dolls come to life as I progress in creating, rarely sure of what direction they will take.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I get inspired mostly by colors and prints I see in fabric.  Growing up I was afraid and fascinated by puppets, especially marionettes.  So I’ve always gravitated toward anything whimsical and vibrant.

FUN FACT ABOUT YOU.
I cannot pass an animal of any kind without striking up a conversation.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT DOWNTOWN AUGUSTA.
I love going to dinner and a show at the Miller or Imperial Theaters.  The architecture of those buildings is amazing!

WHY DO YOU LOVE TO DESIGN, CREATE + MAKE?
I was born with it.  I cannot remember a time in my life when I wasn’t creating something.   It’s an ingrained part of who I am.  It’s what makes me happy.

WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD SHARE WITH OTHER ARTISTS + MAKERS?
I would say….always work your craft.  Let it evolve and see where it takes you.