Mihaela Hinkle

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Doll designer
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United States
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Like many doll designers, Mihaela comes to the doll field from the fashion industry.  Mihaela has degrees in fashion design and textile engineering and she ran a factory in Romania that produced ladies' designer clothing. (Her Carpatina company still has a division that makes human-size, Renaissance-style clothing.) She came to the U.S. in the mid 90's seeking greater opportunity and took a job as Product Development Director for Kid Galaxy/Just Pretend which later became iDolls.com.  There, she was involved in the creation of the Stardust Classics, Little Sisters and Dream Doll Designer doll lines. "This was a dream job for me and I was very, very disappointed when iDolls.com went out of business." That was when she, with the help of Vernon Thornblad, the former Art Director at Kid Galaxy and sculptor of the Stardust Classics dolls, began work on her own doll line: Carpatina Dolls.

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