AwareNow: Issue 25: The Light Edition

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH DAWN CAMPBELL

MONSTERS AMONG US

DUMPZSTER DOLLS: HANDMADE & EMOTIONALLY FRAGILE While some find comfort from emotional support dogs, others find solace from emotional support dolls. Dumpzster Dolls embody various states of mental health and multiple lenses of self image. Imperfectly perfect, these monsters remind us that despite our looks there is much to be loved. ALLIÉ: What inspired you to create your Dumpzster Dolls?

DAWN: Well, honestly it is the whimsy of the dolls and textiles to different art and coming up with different ways to do things. I'm a big fan of fabric and I love watching their little faces come alive. When I get the doll itself done and I can put their faces on, that's the best part.

ALLIÉ: I love that the imperfection of your dolls is what makes them perfect. Like us, each is unique, with a past and with needs of its own. How do these dolls mirror your own reality?

DAWN: I think a lot of people don't see themselves the way other people do. You think that you're imperfect or slighted in some way -- too fat, too skinny, or too whatever. You really don't see how other people see you. The dolls are very imperfect. I mean, I'm not a perfect sewer and I don't even wanna be because I don't want them to be perfect. It's just a way of making ugly cute.

ALLIÉ: I love that. I love the simplicity of that and the intention. So often we see on social media where everyone is glossed over and 'perfect', but that is not reality.

DAWN: It’s not.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY ALLIÉ MCGUIRE WITH DAWN CAMPBELL

MONSTERS AMONG US

ALLIÉ: Made of recycled fabric and adorned with handmade earrings from scrap metal, your emotionally fragile dolls are all female. Why?

DAWN: They're all female. Even if I get a request for a male, I'll say no, just because that's the way I want it. And there's just more power in that for me, for them to be all female... I wanna put some feeling into it and connect with women.

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ALLIÉ: When someone picks up one of your dolls and looks at it, what is it you hope they see?

DAWN: There are two reactions they usually get. People pick them up, they smile and they show them to their friends. Then there's some people that just don't even want to go there. They'll put it down as fast as they pick it up. And I don't know what those two different personalities are, but I guess what I want you to do is smile… It’s an expression of TO WATCH NOW myself and my art.

ALLIÉ: Which Dumpzster Doll is your favorite? Why?

DAWN: It’s the nuns. They fight evil with evil.

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