Alter Ego Flip Doll Workshop


With Erika Cleveland

- Saturday, May 21st, 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Doll-Making Workshop

Flip dolls (or “Topsy Turvy dolls”) are two sided dolls, connected in the middle at the waist, and separated by a skirt, which flips over to one side when the other side is revealed. With their built in connection to each other, they’re the perfect medium for exploring the ways in which two (or more) sides of our personality can be connected and yet so different. An alter ego is the opposite side of our personality. We may feel like that side holds our darker qualities. Or maybe this alter ego side represents hidden strengths we haven’t been ready to show to the world. Often, what we find is that this side (whether dark or light) contains qualities that allow our true inner light to shine.


In this workshop we will create a two-dimensional relief flip doll and embellish it. Through brief journaling and visualizations, we will discover this hidden side of ourselves. Imagination sparking materials will be provided. You don’t have to be an artist to participate. But you do need to be willing to be open and curious to what emerges.

No previous doll-making or art experience necessary, just a willingness to be open to whatever emerges. Materials will be provided. 

Suggested donation: $25.

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

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About Erika Cleveland

Erika Cleveland

Artist, writer, and healer, Erika Cleveland was trained as an art therapist at NYU. After working clinically for many years with children and adults in settings such as the International Center for the Disabled in NYC and Boston Children’s Hospital, she studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Her current focus is on the ways in which changes, big and small, cataclysmic and celebratory, force us to grow and reinvent ourselves. In addition to offering healing doll workshops, she makes commissioned healing dolls. Most recently she was juried into the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA where she makes and shows her dolls. When not at the Torpedo Factory, Erika can be found working in her tiny DC home studio. Or she might be hanging out with her husband, two kids (a teen and an almost-teen,) and her 100-pound bulldog who thinks he’s a lap dog.

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