Pikesville, Maryland (PressExposure) September 12, 2008 -- Doll designer and leather artist Sandra Y. Street has redefined the 3R's. She refers to them as, Recycle, Redesign and Rejoice.
Sandra Y. Street is owner/ founder of The Baltimore Doll Company, which offers handmade, one-of-a-kind dolls and sophisticated home dÃ©cor/ fashion accessories made from recycled items.
Sandra gets much satisfaction from turning items destined for dumps and landfills into something beautiful and functional. Her imagination and creativity is her unique contribution to protecting the environment.
For over a decade, Sandra has been designing dolls, jewelry, pillows and handbags using all kinds of discarded items such as cardboard tubes, cigar boxes, tomato cages and even chicken wire.
"It is easy being green " says Sandra; she collects and saves almost everything!
Sandra's studio is filled with baskets and boxes of clothing, broken jewelry, and other items donated by friends, family, and even strangers, who have seen the results of her recycling.
Sandra meticulously dissects old wedding dresses rescued from thrift stores and divorcees. From them she retrieves laces, beads, trims and beautifully patterned and textured fabrics. that she uses to design exquisite bride dolls. These dolls are cherished by new brides who are instructed to consider the dolls as heirlooms and to start a tradition by passing the doll down to their daughters and granddaughters on their wedding day.
Sandra also designs art dolls, baby dolls and whatever idea that comes to her while listening to jazz, visiting museums or plain old daydreaming.
She has recently started making dolls that stand over three feet tall. She thinks of these dolls as models, minus egos and attitudes. Sandra enjoys dressing these dolls in lavish costumes that are embellished with beads, trims, feathers and other goodies.
Sandra's handmade dolls have been offered in the gift shops of Washington DC's Smithsonian Museum, Kennedy Center and The Baltimore Museum of Art. Several celebrity doll collectors display her dolls in their homes.
A 40 inch doll created by Sandra in the likeness of African American astronomer, Benjamin Banneker, is on display at the Benjamin Banneker Museum, located in Catonsville, MD.
Sandra also enjoys working with leather and her creations are available in upscale boutiques across the country.
Dated and out of fashion leather coats are considered treasures by Sandra.
"The larger the size of the coat, the better and I try not to waste any part of it, if the coat is an unusual color, it's a bonus and I'm in heaven!" says Sandra.
Sandra has used sleeves, belts and collars to create handbags and leather jewelry. She uses the larger parts of the coats to design leather covered photo albums, jewelry boxes and several styles of pillows. Many of these items are hand painted and beaded. Sandra uses leaves from trees in her garden as stencils to give her creations a nature motif.
Scraps from Sandra's leather projects are used to create leather flowers that have been used as corsages, boutonniÃ¨res and floral arrangements. Last year, she was requested to design a bridal bouquet using her leather flowers.
Sandra's family sometimes kid her about being a 'pack rat" but when they see the items that she has created, they offer praise and compliments.
March 2008, Woman's Month, Sandra's work was recognized by The Links: women's organization, in a program honoring "Women in the Arts".
Sandra has been an invited to offer a doll making class at the Irvine Nature Center which is located in Maryland. The class is scheduled for October , 2008.
Doll-maker, Sandra Y. Street is dedicated to Recycling, she loves to Redesign and Rejoices in knowing that she has contributed to "Saving the Planet".