My Petite Boutique

Welcome to My Petite Boutique where I sell a couple items at a time. Right now I am selling one item: my limited edition Kudu Huntress. She costs $80 dollars including shipping to all states within the US. For shipping outside of the US, please contact me. Below is the letter you will receive with your purchase (minus poem).  If you wish to purchase a doll, please contact me here with the details of your order (your mailing address, how many dolls, if your purchase is a gift, special shipping requests) and I'll send you a link to my PayPal. Still interested? Read on:

Dear Friend, 

 

Thank you for purchasing this one-of-a-kind handmade paper doll. The Kudu Huntress series is particularly special: at 14.5 inches in height, she is strong, protective, alert, and intuitive. She is sold in a limited edition set of 30—once the last one has been sold, only the original remains. Your doll’s special number is written on her back and on this document. 

 

Each doll is printed on 100% acid-free, cotton-rag watercolor paper of the highest quality using Epson Cold Bright Ink. This paper will not yellow over time and is one of the more environmentally friendly papers. After printing, a multi-day process begins: each doll’s face is brightened using oil pastels and colored pencils. The eyes are enlivened, hooves polished, and metallic foil is added in several places. Next she is coated on both sides with Krylon Cystal Coating to provide protection against UV rays and moisture. If necessary, color is touched up again after spraying. Finally, she is assembled, wrapped in tissue paper, and packed carefully in a non-crush box with protective foam. Included with the Kudu Huntress are a few double-sided wall adhesives and a poem written by yours truly. 

 

Because of this process, no two dolls are the same. 

 

Your doll can be posed in many ways by pressing gently on the individual brads to keep certain limbs in place. If you want to attach her to the wall in a low-moisture room, put one adhesive on the back of her head and one of the back of her torso. Depending on your light situation, she’ll cast wonderful shadows on your wall. If you live in a high moisture area or you are concerned about your cat or child pulling her off the wall, I highly recommend keeping her in a shadow box. I have done everything I can to ensure she is sturdy, but she’s still made out of paper, which is why we love her, so handle her with tenderness.  

 

I hope you love your doll as much as I do and that you will enjoy photographing her in various poses. I’d love it if you would share your photos on social media along with my Instagram handle (lihenleyart) and website. The best kind of advertisement is word of mouth. On the back of this letter you’ll find the Kudu Huntress persona poem. Once again, thank you for your purchase and for giving this Kudu Huntress a good home. 

                                                                        

Yours in art and poetry, 

                                                                                                                                           

L.I. Henley 

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"I love my Kudu Huntress paper doll! It's not often that fine art imagery as powerful and beautiful as this comes down off the gallery wall and invites us to play. I wish I'd had her when I was 12 or so--what an inspiring companion this tall, commanding antelope goddess would have been. She's captivating, enchanting and super fun to pose in various settings. The poem that came with her was equally lovely. She was carefully packed and arrived in perfect condition. I'm not generally prone to anthropomorphism, but this doll was gifted with so much spirit by her poet creator that it's hard to avoid the feeling that she's alive in some essential way. A treasure, truly." --C.G, Hollywood

"My Kudu Huntress commanded my attention from the moment I lifted her from her careful packaging. Her intense gaze is somehow also serene. She is infused with secrets. Every sculpted, firmly jointed piece of her offers clues. She is beautiful. The paper is substantial, weighted with pencils, inks, and foil. The accompanying poem helps tell the story. She is a doll to be taken seriously, to be treated with respect." --Susan Rukeyser

"Upon removing the last layer that my Kudu Huntress doll had been carefully wrapped in, I found a shimmering face staring up at me. It's body radiates with the marks of exquisite detail, grace and inner strength. Her expression is that of awareness, curiousity, maybe even a little confrontation. She is an artisan creation to behold; she hangs on my wall and I feel protected. " --Zara Kand