Artisan:  Joan Gallagher

Business Name:  The Mouseworks


Art Form:  Doll Making and Doll Clothes

Joan started sewing doll clothes on a black Singer hand-cranked sewing machine.  You can imagine how many years ago that was.  Joan loves sewing and has made many of her own clothes. 

Over the years Joan has branched out to include doll clothes and children's clothes in addition to making dolls.  In previous years

she has had a store in Ottawa :("The Mouseworks"), and has sold her crafts through outlets in a number of nearby towns such as Manotick and Merrickville.

Now that she is retired, her emphasis is on doll making and doll clothes.  She has expanded her line to include Barbie clothes as well as soft and cuddly cloth dolls, "Security Teddy Bears", and whimsical, colorful "Dragons".  She continues to exercise passion for unusual patterns and new ideas in the area of doll making.