Have you ever sat down to work on something and lost all sense of time? Studies show you are happiest when you reach a state of flow—this is to say that you get lost in the process of something you love to do. My mission is to create kits and tutorials you can get lost in.
My name is Jessica Hamilton and my company is Doll Project. I am an artist, instructor and creative engineer. I was the seven year old trying to figure out the system that connected Barbie's head to her neck. I was fascinated by the heads that pulled right off versus those that had invisible internal connectors. My more recent passion is developing and sharing new projects and techniques—especially those with repeatable processes that allow anyone to enjoy them.
I like to view everything I make as an adventure or an experiment and I strongly encourage this viewpoint. Experiments reduce fear of failure and can open new creative possibilities you may not otherwise have attempted. If you allow it the freedom to experiment, your inner voice rarely grows tired of asking questions and playing for the sake of play. It is this constant experimentation paired with my love of dolls and doll making that inspired the name “Doll Project.”
I have been making dolls and art for over a decade and I have been teaching art workshops at national and private retreats for the last six years—I even taught on an episode of DIY’s” Craft Lab.” I have a bachelor of science in Fine art and a Master’s in Technical Writing. Research and experimentation are what I was born to do and I love sharing these discoveries in my writing.
Some random facts: I have a Westie terrier named Emma. I have an identical twin sister—I am left handed and she is right handed. My mom is my best friend. Three years ago I married the boy I fell in love with in high school. I turned 30 in 2011. I live in Lacey, Washington.
Visit my Flickr page to see a gallery of my work. You can also visit me here on Facebook. I save my best free content and projects for my newsletter subscribers, so if you would like to receive tutorials for dolls and more every month, sign up here. I look forward to working with you! :]