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.

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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)

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