Starlene Joyner Burns started teaching herself art many years ago, when her greatest desire was to study fashion design and illustration. During that time, she painted two-dimensional forms using oils, pastels, watercolors, acrylics, charcoals, and color pencils. All these mediums gave her a sense of satisfaction, but something was still missing.
Her desire grew to create three-dimensional forms. So she studied architecture for years and got an opportunity to build models of her designs. But this did not quell her craving for sculpting the human anatomy. After she discovered polymer clay at an art store demonstration, she found a way to unleash the desire (without the need of a kiln) that had been burning so passionately inside her for decades. And within the past few years, she has created a collection of wearable art jewelry and a collection of African American dolls, she calls, "Mama's Babies."
Starlene is in her early development of doll and jewelry making, but these are areas in which she plans to devote her talents and attention. She will not only be able to share her sculpting abilities (of African American dolls through the centuries), but she will also be able to share her design abilities as well.
Mama's Babies come in a rainbow of colors, from milky white with just a touch of cocoa - to the deep rich chocolate without cream - to the caramel brown with a touch of honey. These complexions have been known in the African American community as fair, light skin, dark skin, ebony, honey, brown, red, mulatto, quadroon, and octoroon.
Welcome to Mama's African American doll family.
To create original one-of-a-kind and limit-edition collectable dolls of African American descent from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th century. These dolls will be modeled after real life characters who went unrecognized for their contributions in Americas history.
In addition, there will be the Black Royal Family dolls, which will be based on a fable. Some of the noblemen of this collection will be modeled after real life African descent characters during the 18th century.
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Starlene Joyner Burns
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Bowie , Maryland 20720
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Starlene Joyner Burns is a sculpture of African American Dolls, Original Dolls, One of a Kind Dolls, and Wearable Art