Plush Delights – Meet Junker Jane


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I am feeling particularly excited about Halloween this year so it’s a super Halloweeny treat to have interviewed artist Catherine Zacchino, otherwise known as Junker Jane.

Junker Jane, halloween colours!

It’s Halloween all year round with Junker Jane and in my opinion no other plush artist does Halloween better!

Junker Jane ooak  art doll

How would you define the style of your work and where do you draw inspiration from?
“I am inspired to create my creepy cute characters by my childhood love of fairy tales and make-believe.You could always find me with my nose in a book, reading stories that were magical or mysterious. These fascinations with the magical and whimsical have stood with me into my adult years and now I bring imagination to life through my dolls and paintings.

“Other ways I get inspiration are the set design or costume design from fashion, movies and interiors. Decadence that has been worn or weathered is often the best inspiration for me. I like my dolls to look as if a child has dragged it all over during playtime! Sometimes my dolls and characters have a melancholy look, but I do not set out to make sad characters, I feel that they wear a weary look rather than sad. As if they have traveled a long weary road and just need a little rest.”

Junker Jane ooak  art doll
Is this time of year your favourite time of year and what do you do to celebrate Halloween
“Halloween is a huge part of why I make dolls as well. It has always been my favorite holiday! Oh, the childhood memories! Nothing compares with Halloween childhood memories. It’s pure magic! I try to capture the magical season of Fall and Halloween in all of my work. Keeping the spirit of the season alive! All year round, hopefully! I always try to dress up in a costume completely unlike my daily plain Jane look. I love wigs and makeup! Usually I get dressed up and take my kids Trick or Treating! As the they get older though, I would love to create a haunted house to be the biggest Halloween house on the street!”

Junker Jane devil boy art doll


Junker Jane art dolls
I especially love you pieces that have a doll arm, a plastic spider or such. What are your favourite materials to work with?
“My favorite materials to work with are a mix of new and vintage fabrics. I also love to incorporate misfit pieces to my fabric dolls such as plastic doll arms and legs. Rusty parts like bottle caps is another favorite add on for me. It’s really all about the misfit mix for me. I like juxtapostion. It makes the pieces come alive for me.”

Junker Jane ooak  art doll
Are there any tools you can’t be without?
“I really don’t have a tool I can’t be without. Obviously, the sewing machine is key. I do add an equal amount of hand stitches to my dolls but for this I use basic needles. I can say embroidery floss is huge on my supply list though!”

Junker Jane art dolls
Are there other plush artists or doll artists whose work you love?
“There are so many wonderful doll artists out there that are inspiring! I really love Robyn Moore of Forever Fall, Sandy Mastroni, YOU! Scrumptious Delight, Sheri De Bow , Jennybird Alacantara, Kerry Kate, Jess Quinn, Heather Louise, Scott Radke,Horka Dolls, Amanda Louise, Sharon Dorsey, Mr Finch, Doinky Doodles…the list goes on! There are so many crazy creative artists out there!”

Junker Jane bunny dolls
Your work is regularly featured in magazines, which magazines are these and where else can we find your work?
“My dolls have been published in various Stampington Magazines including STUFFED, Art Doll Quarterly, Artful Blogging. My dolls have been in several galleries and I continue to show at galleries, but I mainly sell my work through my Etsy shop. Occasionally I teach a class and I have two classes coming up at Art &Soul in Portland 2015.
“I have several ideas for future projects, so keep an eye out!”

See Also
Christine Cunningham - The eternal love of a mother and child

Junker Jane clown dolls
Follow the links to see more of Catherine’s work:
Catherine Zacchino aka Junker Jane, Oregon artist. Her Etsy store, her blog  and the Art & Soul retreat.


Junker Jane ooak  art doll


Becky Gould is the big kid behind Scrumptious Delight. Working from her home in Vancouver, BC she makes plush toys and soft sculptures that combine a love of food, all things furry and an unnatural appreciation of small appliances.

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