My name is Barbara De Girolamo. I was born in Rome, Italy. I am a 44 years old full time mum.
I started sculpting 4 years ago during a little break from creating sugar and sugar paste flowers.
This journey began as an OOAK doll collector. Although my collection is not complete, I feel very lucky to own dolls made by some of the best artists from around the world. That is to say I admire a lot of my colleagues.
I felt totally captured by this art and my interest in sculpting started to grow day by day.
The more I learned from this art the more I became keen on it.
This kind of art is not very well known in Italy, however there are great OOAK Italian doll artists with whom I formed a great friendship, thanks to our common interest.
When I’m working on a piece I give my main priority to the making of the eyes. I use a handmade painted glass cabochon, and this procedure could take a lot of time. Starting from the research of this little scale cabochon to
finally ending up with a detailed painted eye. The painting process of the eyes; giving them the different pigments and shades that real eyes have, I confess that this is the most frustrating process! From the 20 or 30 eyes that I make, only two or three pairs will be good enough to use, the rest has to be thrown away. I hope to improve this skill soon.
When I sculpt, I get lost in time, and feel completely transported in the magical dimension of sculpting that I enjoy so much.
Through sculpting the clay I can turn my Dreams into Reality.
Since the beginning of my sculpting venture, I have entered some of my artdolls in contests. And I am happy to say, my work has been awarded. This gives me great satisfaction because it is the strength I need to continue improving in this wonderful creative path. People’s approval is my best Reward.
Among the awards I’ve won are the following:
2014 RISING STAR at INTERNATIONAL ART DOLL REGISTRY
2015 OVERALL BEST IN SHOW INTERMEDIATE CATEGORY AT INTERNATIONAL ART DOLL REGISTRY (with RISING ANGEL)
2016 3RD PLACE AT MICHELANGELO ART DOLL AWARD IN MILAN MINIATURITALIA FAIR CATEGORY “MASKS AND THEATRE” (with DREAMING SCARAMOUCHE)
2016 GOLD AWARD CHARACTER ADVANCED CATEGORY PROFESSIONAL DOLL MAKER ART GUILD (with DREAMING SCARAMOUCHE)
2017 3RD PLACE GOLD AWARD CHARACTER PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY at PROSCULPT GOLD AWARD (with MARIE ANTOINETTE AS BO PEEP - inspired by a THIERRY BRUET painting)