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Paper Studio Press


Paper Studio Press celebrates the style and glamour of paper dolls at the peak of their popularity during Hollywood's Golden Era through gorgeous reproductions of highly collectible vintage paper doll books, as well as new titles designed to fit in with the paper dolls of yesterday. Owner, Jenny Taliadoros, works with a team of top-notch illustrators and graphic designers to create an ever growing selection of paper doll books featuring movie stars, fashions through the years and nostalgic characters.

Our books are the old-fashioned style, with dolls and clothes to be cut out. Unless indicated otherwise, our paper doll books measure 9 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches and contain 8 pages of fashions plus star bio, fashion essay or history of paper dolls.

In addition to our paperstudiopress.com website, and sister website paperdollreview.com, our books are available from specialty shops across the country including Dick's 5 and 10 in Branson, MO, Walmart Visitor Center in Bentonville, AR, The Doll Market in Jamestown, NC, The Denver Art Museum in Denver, CO, Retrospect Dry Goods in Monument, CO, Rainbows & Triangles in New York City, Q Trading in Palm Springs, CA and Larry Edmunds Bookshop in Hollywood, CA. Our paper dolls can also be found in catalogs for Betty's Attic, Dollmasters and The Good Old Days Store. We are very proud to have many of our classic star paper dolls in the Turner Classic Movies webstore, TCM Shop.


Jenny Taliadoros

 

Jenny Taliadoros is the real woman behind scores of pretty paper dolls. The publisher and founder of Paper Studio Press, she turned a childhood passion into a business in 1991 and since then, her thriving company has been responsible for the growing renaissance of interest in paper dolls. Not only does Taliadoros head a booming business that creates, publishes and markets paper doll books by renowned artists for a niche market of passionate collectors, but she also is the driving force behind the Original Paper Doll Artists Guild, a quarterly magazine started in 1984 by her mother, Judy M Johnson, a well known artist. In addition, since 1999, she has co-edited Paperdoll Review magazine with famed artist, Marilyn Henry. In addition to building the subscriber base of the special interest magazines, Taliadoros has also built a successful paper doll mail order and website business under the same name.

In 2005, Taliadoros reached out to paper doll artists around the world to compile a special book, Paper Doll Artists Gallery with 22 original paper dolls by 22 artists, and in the process launched her own publishing imprint, Paper Studio Press. The interest among collectors was such that Taliadoros recognized an opportunity to create and publish new, original paper doll books by artists of today. She now has a stable of top artists in the field that includes Tom Tierney, Marilyn Henry, David Wolfe, Jim Howard, Brenda Sneathen Mattox, Norma Lu Meehan, Judy M Johnson, Sandra Vanderpool, Larry Bassin and Charlotte Whatley. Since then, the small publishing house has grown to encompass a catalog of more than 40 titles. New projects are constantly in the works at Paper Studio Press, ensuring a cavalcade of paper dolls to be enjoyed for years to come. In a recent issue of the OPDAG magazine, Paper Doll Studio, Taliadoros featured original paper doll art she had arranged to be created by students at the New York High School of Art and Design. Jenny Taliadoros obviously believes paper dolls have a future as well as a past.

Taliadoros’ publishing house began by restoring and reprinting rare and coveted vintage paper doll books from the ‘40s and ‘50s. The subjects included iconic stars such as Lana Turner, Bette Davis, Ava Gardner and Rita Hayworth, among others. A paper doll book of Marilyn Monroe was the first new project and it was followed by a heavenly bevy of glamorous stars—Ginger Rogers, Esther Williams, Jane Powell, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Rhonda Fleming, Doris Day, Debbie Reynolds, Carol Channing, Donna Reed, Betty Hutton, Phyllis McGuire, Arlene Dahl, Ida Lupino, Donna Reed and even the famous funny lady, Phyllis Diller. In 2009, Taliadoros landed a contract with Paramount Studios to produce a paper doll of the mega movie musical, Grease, featuring Olivia Newton-John. And now her catalog has grown to more than 80 paper doll titles.

Taliadoros enjoys small-town life in the mountains of Maine with her husband, Chris. That lifestyle contrasts dramatically with her celebrity licensing deals which entail travel to Hollywood, New York and Las Vegas. Taliadoros confesses to being star struck and enjoys her show business dealings that often lead to personal meetings with stars who are thrilled to be immortalized as paper dolls. One star-packed trip to Hollywood can encompass lunch with Rhonda Fleming, dinner with Jane Withers and cocktails with Phyllis Diller after taking meetings at Paramount Studios.

By spearheading the revival of paper dolls as a hands-on, arts and crafts interest in this age of hi-technology, Jenny Taliadoros is reminding a time-pressured society to slow down and play paper dolls (perhaps even more rewarding than smelling the roses). When covering the annual International Paper Doll Convention held last year in Las Vegas, the local newspaper reported, “Most of the conventioneers here speak of a paper doll lull that lasted through the '80s and '90s. Then, out of nowhere they say, a paper doll momentum picked up a few years ago and blew the dust off old collections while introducing several new ones. That's largely thanks to Jenny Taliadoros who launched a paper doll publishing company, Paper Studio Press, in 2005.”

To further her quest to generate renewed interest in paper dolls, Taliadoros took part in the prestigious 2009 Fashion Conference in Manhattan, sponsored by Initiatives in Art and Culture. The audience was enthralled with her presentation of the charming little world of paper dolls and the story of Paper Studio Press. In 2010, Bergdorf Goodman hosted a book signing for Paper Studio Press title, Four Famous Dandies, with artist Jim Howard and New York dandy Patrick McDonald.