Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Photo by Chiky

Gina Garan's second Blythe book

The first Blythe book by Gina Garan that helped launch the craze.

I couldn't resist this Spring-y, lively photo from Etsy seller Neuart. Chiky is based in Spain and makes clothes for Blythe dolls and then has these "photoshoots" with them. She is incredibly creative and super nice to boot! When she sent me the link to her Flickr site, I was amazed at her body of work. It just floors me how many interesting genres of art are out there. Couldn't you just see this blown up and hanging on the wall of a really hip New York loft? There's something delightfully quirky about these dolls and their clothes, etc.
Blythe dolls were manufactured in the states for only a year back in 1972 by Kenner. Then, in 2002, the Japanese started making them again and in 2004 the American company, Ashton Drake Galleries, started producing their own version. These dolls have a kind of cult following and have regained popularity in this century with a new generation. There is even a "Blythe" Wikipedia entry. New York TV producer Gina Garan has photographed these dolls for several years and has compiled a book featuring her photography"This is Blythe" by Chronicle books, followed by another, "Blythe Style". This is just another one of those interesting art subcultures that exists out there, especially on the web, that I was not aware of. Does anyone else out there remember Blythe? When I have a little girl someday I can get away with buying one of these and I will order a colorful knitted wardrobe for her from Chiky!!


pve design said...

Thank-you for introducing me to Blythe!
I know my daughter will love her!

annechovie said...

You are welcome, Patricia. Thanks for stopping by.

Alkemie said...

Anne - I absolutely am nuts about Blythe dolls. How did you get into them? I don't know many people here who do. I was actually introduced to Blythe from a friend in Japan because Blythe is a huge hit there.


annechovie said...

Hi Karen~
I had just seen them around and then saw what they were called on Etsy. There are some foreign sellers on there who make Blythe clothes, etc. I think they are so cute! I am glad you know about them - no one else seems to have heard.

Tara said...


I wasn't aware of this! I love learning these types of things from you!You are widening my horizons!

annechovie said...

Aw, thanks for making my day, Tara! ;>)

Constance Blythe said...

Must visit this shop, I could do with some new clothes, thanks for the link!

annechovie said...

You are most welcome, Constance! You'd look lovely in lilac with your dark hair.