1010 WINS– Artist Crystal Kaye is changing lives one doll at a time.
Focusing on dermatological disorders such as Albinism and Vitiligo, Kaye hand-paints her custom porcelain dolls to reflect the myriad of skin conditions affecting people the world over.
“The process can be tedious,” Kaye tells 1010 WINS. “Some dolls take a few days, other dolls might take a week.”
Crystal is not a doll maker by trade. She started out customizing jewelry like necklaces and earrings and found her porcelain calling a few months into her journey.
“I find used and new dolls at different thrift stores and yard sales. I paint and customize them, not to take away from anyone else’s work,” Kaye says. “I simply use the old dolls as a canvas.”
For children, Kaye’s goal is to help break down barriers regarding what is considered beautiful and boost the self-esteem of those with skin conditions.