Growing up, I was really never interested in dolls. However, I was always very interested in Art. I studied art early in school, through High-school and then later majored in Art in college.
Figurative and illustrative art were really where I concentrated my efforts. My early illustrative drawings were of fairies, and the world of Fantasy. So, when I started my doll making career, naturally my early sculptures were of fairies and fantasy creatures. In 1997, by chance I discovered the book Fantastic Figures by Suzanna Oroyan in a local bookstore. I was amazed by the Artist Dolls within. I purchased that book there and then, embarking on a journey which would develop into an obsession, and ultimately my career as an artist. My early work featured primarily children and the world of fantasy. In the last few years I have turned my focus on to ball joint dolls. My original BJDS are mostly young adults and teens.
My work still has the element of fantasy, but with an edge. I call them "darkly sweet". You can purchase my work directly from me email@example.com as well as the Dollery ( dollery.com ), and Artistsdolls.com
Kori Leppart, ODACA (BJD, Polymer & Costuming)