As the number of printed paper doll magazines decrease, new online magazines have been sprouting up to fill in the gap. One of the newest of these is called Dolly Wish. The first issue was released at the end of 2011, and a new issue will be released later this month. The creator of the periodical, Nicole Fallon, discussed the magazine and the latest issue with BJDcollectasy.
Q: What inspired you to start a magazine?
A: For several years now I’ve been collecting Japanese doll magazines, such as Dollybird, as well as the amazing photo books by doll artists such as Ryo Yoshida and Koitsukihime. I also used to eagerly await every issue of the US-based Haute Doll magazine and hope that there would be BJDs (my main passion) in at least one article. Once Haute Doll was sold and considerably reduced in scope, I decided to try my own magazine. Editing is not new to me (it’s my day job) but many other aspects about magazine creation were completely unknown to me. But with self-publishing on the rise, I thought I’d jump in with both feet.
Q: Are you the main person behind Dolly Wish? Do others work with you on the magazine?
A: I am currently the main person behind DollyWish. My good friend and fellow doll collector, Jacqueline Brum, gave me considerable input for the first issue as my assistant editor. Now, as a busy art school student, she will continue to participate as a contributor, which is great. Another good friend with a design and programming background gave me a crash course in InDesign, and that helped me immensely. It’s still a steep learning curve for me. I have to thank every person who has contributed so far to DollyWish – your talent and enthusiasm have been amazing!
A: I don’t have a list of what kind of dolls can and can’t be in the magazine. So far we’ve featured BJDs, Pullip, and Blythe, and in our upcoming issue we will be continuing in the same vein, as well as including Japanese traditional dolls (ningyou), as our next theme is Asian Traditions. In the future I can see including other types of doll as well, such as Momoko or artist dolls.
Q: How do you choose the theme for each issue?
A: The choice of theme for the first issue was easy because I love fairies and fairy tales. I also thought that the theme of The Enchanted Forest seemed to have so many creative possibilities. I chose Asian Traditions as the theme for our second issue for a number of reasons – both because I love Japan so much (I’ve traveled to Japan several times and study Japanese as a hobby) and because the aesthetic of traditional Asian costumes and fabrics is so beautiful. I have several ideas for other issues after that, but I haven’t yet decided which theme the third one will be.
Q: For the upcoming issue, you asked for submissions. How did that go?
A: Actually, it was a little difficult. I was hoping that I’d get at least a few unsolicited offers, but it didn’t happen that way. It’s probably because we’re still a new publication and not that many people know about us yet. However, I reached out to a good number of doll collectors and artists about participating in the second issue, and happily, almost everyone said yes when I asked! To anyone reading this article, don’t be shy in future if you have an idea and want to join us. You can contact me through our brand new website, www.dollywish.com.
Q: Are there regular feature articles in Dolly Wish?
A: I haven’t set it up to have a certain number of any particular style of article. However, it is kind of working out that way on its own. Going forward, I’d like to make sure there is always at least one tutorial and feature interview, while continuing to keep beautiful dolls and photos at the forefront.
Topics/People that are confirmed for the upcoming fall issue (we may get one or two more articles in, but I’m not sure):
Wa-loli doll fashions by Kathy Huang (will include many kinds of dolls: BJDs, pet dolls, Dollfie Dream, and Pullip)
Japanese Traditional Dolls (Ningyou) by Helen Thiselton (features several kinds of traditional dolls)
Oiran: Japanese Courtesans by Jacqueline Brum (will feature BJD)
An Autumn Kimono by Nicole Fallon (will feature BJD)
A Boy and His Dragon: featuring an Asian Dragon by Worms and Bones of Deviantart with his tiny BJD friend
Tutorial: Making Japanese Geta by Kim Zentner, doll shoemaker (KZ Shoes)
Tutorial: Step by Step Geisha Face-up by Melissa Klamas (will feature BJD)
Feature Interview: The Traditional Art of Kanzashi (hair ornaments) with Atelier Kanawa
Vintage geisha and doll postcards
Q: What dolls do you yourself collect?
A: I collect BJDs of all sizes (I currently have 19 dolls ranging from 16cm to 70cm), Pullip dolls (Pullip, Dal, and Isul), and Japanese traditional dolls (only a few so far). As a child I collected porcelain character dolls from Franklin Mint as well, such as fairytale characters and the Lord of the Rings series of dolls produced in the 1980s. I have also made a few porcelain dolls at doll-making workshops.
Q: How many issues a year do you plan to release?
A: With my busy work schedule it’s hard to say, but I’d like to get it up to two issues a year, if possible. However, I want to make sure I always aim for quality over quantity, so only time will tell.
Photo above by Nicole Fallon. Photos below by individuals listed on their captions.