One of the most clicked and commented photos in late 2018 was Cocomicchi’s Michael Jackson Blythe doll. No one was indifferent to this amazing interpretation of the late pop singer. Cocomicchi’s work is unique in that every doll has a striking visual that makes us look again and take notice.
Blythe is such a beautiful canvas, so many possibilities, so research a lot and be yourself, try new things and practice a lot.Cocomichi
DollyCustom posed 12 questions to Cocomicchi about her history as a customizer, her process, and techniques. Here are those questions:
Can you tell me a little about yourself?
My name is Maria, and my alter-ego Cocomicchi was born about 11 years ago.
I was born in the South of Spain, but my craving for adventures took me to live in London, UK, for many years. I am currently living back in Spain.
I’m an artist, and I’ve been working in different areas along my life/career. My love for art comes from my very early years. Besides customizing dolls, I’ve been working with oil painting, fashion design corsets, doll exhibitions, marketing projects with my own dolls. I’m also a make-up artist, which I have learned professionally.
I love photography and enjoy recreating different scenes with dolls. My dolls give me the freedom to express different moods and thoughts, they make wonderful canvases, a big inspiration to create original characters.
I have been hooked to Blythe world since 2008, and I love connecting and making people happy through my little souls.
When and how did you discover Blythe dolls?
I discovered Blythe dolls through one of Gina Garan greeting cards. I instantly got hypnotized by the strange big headed “creature”, so I searched online, just to find out this vast Blythe world!
How long did it take for your style to emerge?
I think I have always been on the perverse/sweet style, and it developed over the time. Always representing feelings and things around me.
Do you do this as a hobby or professionally?
It started as a hobby, but very soon I was asked for custom commissions. I currently work full time as a Blythe customizer.
What is your creative process like? Do you plan your custom dolls from start to finish or just go with the flow?
It all depends on the character. I rarely do sketches, and many times go with the flow, leaving the doll soul to invade me. My experiences are most of my inspiration.
However, if I plan to create a famous character, which I frequently do, I would follow the details through photos, in the most accurate way.
What is your favorite part of this process and your least favorite?
My favorite part of the process is shading/painting face; and also putting the doll back together when finished, so satisfying!
My least favorite part is opening the very hard glued heads!
How long does it take you to customize one doll? Do you do one at a time or multiple?
Depending on the doll really, around a couple of weeks or longer, as I create the whole character, face-up, re-rooting, outfit, accessories (most of them).
I usually work on one doll at a time.
Where do you work on your dolls? Do you have a dedicated workplace?
I work in my humble apartment, as I do not own a studio, so my working place invades the dining area, I do look for the best light though and work in the patio too. My home really looks quite eclectic!
How would you characterize your style?
I could say my dolls are cheeky, dramatic, perverse, sweet, sometimes a bit controversial – little souls with a story behind them.
What are your favorite tools? What is your favorite Blythe mold to customize?
My favorite tools are provably my pastel colors: I love how the process develop layer after layer. I am also in love with my little Japanese drill!
The mold I use the most is RBL, but really I am very happy to work in any mold.
How did you develop the pricing model for your dolls?
Pricing has been growing over the years, due to auctions and doll complexity and demand.
For the beginner customizer, what advice would you give them?
Blythe is such a beautiful canvas, so many possibilities, so research a lot and be yourself, try new things and practice a lot.
Looking at human faces photos are very helpful.
Cocomicchi celebrated her 10 years of customizing Blythe dolls this past year. Her flamboyant dolls call our attention to the details in the clothes, makeup,
Make sure to check Cocomicchi’s work on her social media as she’s being quite active recently and making a lot of unique dolls.
- Dolls: 100+
- Started: 2008
- How to Purchase: Via Facebook, Instagram or Etsy shop
- Favorite Customizers: “There are so many brilliant inspiring customizers,
ijust cannot decide!”