I am an Artist and Doll Maker originally from the Monterey Peninsula and I currently reside in Bend, Oregon with my husband and son. My background is in Fine Art, Sculpture, Printmaking, etc.. I earned an AA in Graphic Design at Monterey Peninsula College and my BA in Art at San Jose State University's School of Art & Design.
Du Buh Du Designs began after the birth of my son several years ago.; the name (pronounced Doo buh Doo) was a term of endearment for him when he was just a newborn and I kept the name for my doll business. As a child I played with dolls but as an adult didn't give them much thought until 2005 when I came across a show featuring artist & musician Dame Darcy demonstrating how to make simple articulated clay dolls. I was inspired by her primitive yet modern dolls and created my own dolls using the jointed type doll she demonstrated. In 2007, I began this blog and opened my shop on Etsy showcasing my own"Du Buh Du" style dolls. My work is in private collections from Australia to France.
I am intrigued by the idea of a doll as an art form in and of itself; of taking one of the oldest toys/forms and using it as a way to express ideas and emotions. My work is continually evolving and I'm eager to see what direction my work will head next~
C h r i s t i n e A l v a r a d o
~ S H O W S ~
The Art of Communication~100 Artists Show, Mary Lou Zeek Gallery, Salem, OR 2012 (Doll Mixed Media)
The Frida Show, Picture This Gallery, Long Beach, CA 2009 (Two Frida Dolls)
Previous shows (non doll related):