The Artist


People sometimes say they want to know something about me, so I guess I should tell them something. My name is Rachel Cohen. I was born in Alaska. It was there that I hatched the plan for creating a paper doll blog. Alaska has a lot of cold dark winters. This is the result. I’ve been drawing paper dolls since I was a child, though the last art class I had was in high school. Currently, I live in Alabama and work as a librarian and archivist with Special Collections (that’s a fancy librarian way of saying rare books, archives and physical objects) at a small liberal arts college. Basically, my job is to organize, preserve and provide access to old stuff which, if you ask me, is the best job in the world.

Other than paper dolls, I like historical costume, theater, poetry, sewing, dolls, baking, history and dictionaries. I’m extremely interested in all forms of ephemeral printing, especially that of paper toys and novelties, the history of the book, popular theater from the 18th, 19th and early 20th century, as well as the search for a perfect cheese scone recipe. It is entirely possible that I became a librarian, so that I will have a good cover job when I become a super villain.

My goals with Paper Thin Personas are to provide a diverse collection of paper dolls, keep myself amused and gain great fame and fortune. I know I succeed at two of these while the other remains elusive. The opinions expressed on this blog are those solely of the me, the author, unless I have changed my mind or don’t remember what I wrote anyway, and should not be confused with those of my employer, friends, family or pets. In my dreams this blog updates Monday through Friday, in reality I don’t always achieve that, but everyone should have dreams.

I am a member of the Original Paper Doll Artists Guild which is a great organization.

If you have any questions about this blog (or a really good cheese scone recipe) feel free to contact me.

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