My name is Catherine Zacchino, a.k.a. Junker Jane. I am an artist living in Portland Oregon. My art consists of one of a kind soft sculpture art dolls, original paintings and prints made from my original works.When I began making dolls 9 years ago, my designs were simple and basic. Most of my dolls were made from single pieces of fabric — one for the front and one for the back. They have since evolved into more detailed works, including pieces that have been stained for an aged effect. From the beginning though, I have always used recycled fabrics as part of my art. I find vintage fabrics and clothing to be huge inspirations for me, and it even inspired my business name, Junker Jane. I love all things aged and weathered! Many things inspire me to come up with my art doll characters, but my main influence comes from my childhood — images from make-believe stories and books that I read. Nothing compares to childhood experiences, and it is from this that I pull most of my ideas. As a child, I was always fascinated by anything otherworldly and supernatural, along with charming stories, such as Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. These influences have stood with me into my adult years, and I think this contradiction shows itself in my work, as my dolls seem to hold one foot in innocence and another in the shadows. I rarely begin a doll with a concrete idea. I usually have several loose images of what I’d like to achieve, and then I start grabbing fabrics and buttons. I find it easier to create in this fashion as a doll will seem to come together itself.
Stuffed Magazine Summer 2012
" Featured Artist Portfolio "
Stuffed Magazine Summer 2011
"Pretty In Pink" (Cover)
Prims Magazine Spring 2011
Art Doll Quarterly Spring 2011
" Life Is A Circus "
"Crazy Toys" by Vincent Thfoin
de La Martiniere Groupe Publishing
Small Magazine Autumn 2010
Somerset Studio March/April 2010 "Journey To The Other Side Of Wonderland"
Stuffed Magazine Vol.3 Winter 2010.titled "The Crafting Of Softies"
Stuffed Magazine Vol.2 Summer 2009 titled "A Gathering Of Softies." (Cover)
Galleries, Exhibits & Events:
Jenny Doh's, Studio Crescendoh
Monster Ragdoll Workshop ( Instructor )
July 21st 2012
ArtFest 2012 March 28th - April 1st 2012
Monster Ragdoll Workshop ( instructor )
Journal Bag Workshop ( instructor )
MF Gallery, New York
''MF Toy Show 2011'' Nov 12th - Dec. 18th
Screaming Sky Gallery, Portland
"Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice". Oct. 27th - Nov. 20th 2011
Guardino Gallery, Portland
4th annual "The Heart of the Matter"
"Day Of The Dead" Oct. 27th - Nov. 20th
"Little Things" Nov. 25th - Dec. 26th
Davinci, Los Angles
Solo Guest Artist
Nov 16th - Dec. 31st 2012
Pop Gallery, Santa Fe
: POP Femme Sugar Coated Strange 2012
:"V" is for... 2012
: Pop On Love 2011
: 4th Annual Pop Femme Sugar Coated Strange 2011
: 3rd Annual POP Femme Sugar Coated Strange 2010
: POP Gallery On LoVe 2010
ArtsWest Gallery, Seattle 2012
:Neo-Kitsch national small works showcase
Sidestreet Gallery, Portland
:Spring 2011 Group Show
SquidFoo Gallery, Springfield, Mo.
Burnin’ Love 2012 – A Non-Traditional Valentine’s Art Show