Kewpies have been in my life since I was about 4 years old and I started collecting them in my late teens then painting them in my mid 20s. I have always loved objects that captivate my imagination and carry emotional value. Dolls have never been my favourite toy but somehow these of little children took on deeper value to me. They had the ability to connect me to a time past.
Kewpies are based on a character created by Rose O'Neill which first appeared in 1909 as a comic strip.
O'Neill famously used them to promote the women's suffrage movement, using the illustrations in slogans and cartoons. They were also used to advertise many products and were later translated into dolls. There was even a Kewpie dog. It remained the most popular cartoon character until Mickey Mouse took centre stage.
Keywords: Kewpie doll, nostalgia, vintage, childhood