Donald Hendricks and women’s ephemera

The other day I was in the mood for Klingon paper dolls. I didn’t find any, but I kept running into the work of Donald Hendricks, who drew paper dolls of famous women and literary figures with design patterns reminiscent of Shepard Fairey, Bjørn Wiinblad, or the Vogue prints of the 1920s.

Hendricks has completely disappeared, along with his blog, a paper doll business with a friend called Legacy Designs, but nothing ever disappears from the internet, and his drawings keep popping up in searches of other stuff.  The google algorithms consider him one of Pinterest‘s 116 best fashion illustrators.

NOTE: I have just discovered his blog is still in Internet Archives Wayback Machine, landing page here, gallery of dolls here, dress the dolls by mousing over the doll here.

There is only this short bio, archived here, of someone who knew him from the paper doll business.

If this is correct, Hendricks illustrated over 40 books. [1][2][3][4][5] [7] [8][9][10] He was involved with fundraising for homeless children in San Diego. [6]

His work was exhibited at the Tate Modern in London (?) and the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. (likely “200 Years of Black Paper Dolls” at the Smithsonian Institution’s Anacostia Community Museum in Washington, D.C. November 12, 2006–April 30, 2007 [11] )

Some of his papers were gifted to ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives in Los Angeles, Collection # Coll2008-041.

hendricks smithsonian grayson exhibitOne of his last paper dolls was of Sally Hemings, which appeared on promotional material for a Smithsonian exhibit.

The name of Shepard Fairey will endure, but where are the articles, where is the enduring record of this type of art form?

Here are the images, dude paper dolls first:





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