Marie Wilson 's love for miniatures began when she saw her first unfinished dollhouse at a friend's home at the age of ten. They were finishing and decorating the house themselves and Marie helped them to create a brick sidewalk. Marie's parents gave her a dollhouse that Christmas and Marie fell in love with the world of miniatures.
The miniature dolls back then were, for the most part, not to scale and their clothes were heavy and without much ornament. She dreamed of making her own Cinderella someday. In her twenties she found a shop that taught classes in making porcelain dolls and spent the next ten years learning about sculpting, mold making and china painting. Still, She struggled to create her vision of how the clothes should fit to look realistic.
In 2003, Marie first attended and took classes in Maine at the International Guild of Miniature Artists School. Marie focused on taking classes which taught and where she could learn the skills and techniques that she uses to create and design costumes for her original dolls from other doll Artisans and Fellows as well as sculpting and mold making for miniatures.
, "Dollscapes" are bases that are landscaped with flowers, bunnies, butterflies and other notions, or some may have marble or wood floors to suggest an interior scene. The idea for the "dollscapes" came to Marie from your youthful days with her grandmother who collected Meissen and Dresden figurines. Marie always loved how the figures would be in a garden, playing an instrument or carrying a love letter. The figures would tell a story that made them come alive in her imagination. Many of the "dollscapes" can be interchanged with any doll.