You know that old Mattel advertising slogan,"You can tell it's Mattel. It's swell!"? A more accurate version would have been,"You can tell it's Martha Armstrong Hand. It's got that face!". Martha's dolls have a particular look. Their faces are usually chubby cheeked, with big eyes. Once you've become accustomed to Martha's dolls, you can spot one easily.
|Martha with some of her creations, including Baby First Step, Shoppin' Sheryl,Drowsy,Baby Beans,Baby Pattaburp, (on her lap), Tearful Cheerful,and Tatters on the right of her lap.|
Shoppin' Sheryl was seen HERE.
Different versions of Drowsy were posted HERE and HERE.
Other dolls made form the Drowsy head sculpt were seen HERE and HERE.
You can see a Rosebud Baby HERE.
Malibu P.J.,who has the Steffie head sculpt can be seen HERE.
Love N Touch Baby was featured in THIS POST.
You saw one of my Living Skippers HERE.
Martha was well known as a doll artist,but in her early career she worked for View Master, sculpting figures for the 3-D photos.
|This is from "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea".|
Her Disney sculpts for View Master included Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge and Chip and Dale.
Martha also did some work assisting animators at Hanna Barbara on such well known characters as Tom and Jerry.
Martha is known for her 'ahead of their time' ball jointed dolls,which were extremely posable. She authored the book, "Learning to be a Doll Artist",which showed how her ball jointed dolls were made.
Photos of Martha's amazing jointed dolls were used for the book, "Living Dolls",written by Martha's husband, David. David is quite famous himself, having worked as an animator at Disney,and as supervising director on "Snow White" and "Bambi",amongst other Disney projects.
The photos in the book featured a collection of limited edition dolls made by Martha, called "America's Future". The dolls, with their diverse ethnicities, represented America.
The book is available on Amazon.
A NIADA (National Institute of Doll Artists) member called Martha “the most technically correct doll artist of our time”. You can see Niada's page on Martha HERE. It contains information on Martha, and some photos of her wonderful dolls.
If you're still curious about Martha Armstrong Hand and her dolls, a video called,"The Work of Martha Armstrong Hand" can be purchased HERE.