Dollmaker Featured in O Magazine Releases First Certified, Special Edition Doll

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Top doll designer, Andrea Arcello, releases her first extremely realistic posable vinyl doll.

Blessings From Above - "Bella"

“Becoming a parent is such a defining moment in life,” said Arcello who recently became a mother for the first time herself. “I wanted to create a doll that accurately captured the essence of this remarkable experience,” she said.

Internationally renowned doll artist and designer, Andrea Arcello, has just released her first certified, special edition doll. The lifelike doll, called Blessings from Above - Bella, captures the feelings associated with the gift of parenthood.

From the carefully hand-rooted hair, and crinkled forehead, to the creased eyelids, and the intricately painted appearance, this collectible doll offers unparalleled realism. The fully posable doll is made out of high quality materials including a vinyl body and very carefully rooted mohair, and features a “present” bow on her back, making her the perfect little gift.

“Becoming a parent is such a defining moment in life,” said Arcello who recently became a mother for the first time herself. “I wanted to create a doll that accurately captured the essence of this remarkable experience,” she said.

Collectors can purchase Bella on Arcello’s Web site at (http://www.andrea-arcello.com). A certificate of authenticity is included with the doll to ensure her collectible and heirloom quality.

In addition to special edition dolls, Arcello also handcrafts original limited editions, and one-of-a-kind “portrait dolls” modeled after actual kids or from adult’s baby pictures. Among her most notable creations is the “Little Oprah” (http://www.andrea-arcello.com/portrait-dolls/oprah/) she created and presented to the real Oprah as a thank-you gift for inspiring her to transform her hobby into a flourishing business. The doll was featured in the December 2010 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.

“As a longtime doll collector, I thought this was one of the best I’ve ever seen,” said Oprah in her O Magazine ( http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Lifelike-Oprah-Doll-Doll-Maker-Andrea-Arcello ). “She could be mistaken for the real thing. It was like my inner child come to life,” she said.

Arcello has always been interested in art and re-creating babies. During junior high and high school she created and sold highly realistic sketches and portraits of infants and toddlers, and in college she began making clay sculptures. It wasn’t until 2004 when she watched an episode of Oprah about helping South African orphans that she decided to take things a step further and began bringing her dolls to “life”. She hasn’t looked back since. According to Arcello she has, “made too many dolls to count. I was born to create things and love every minute of it!”

The doll industry hasn’t been fooled by Arcello’s humble demeanor. She is known for her ability to create astonishingly realistic dolls and has been recognized as one of the top designers in the industry by Doll Reader Magazine. She also won Doll of the Year People’s Choice in 2009 and Industry Choice Doll of the Year in 2009 and 2010. Arcello works out of her Whitehall, Michigan home creating her collection of dolls – which can sell for up to $15,000. While she sells most of her dolls through her Web site (http://www.andrea-arcello.com) many of her doll kits that allow collectors to build their own dolls with her custom designed parts are sold through dealers in other countries like Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, and South Africa.
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