Richard Prince is a 66-year-old artist from the Gagosian Gallery. When Doe Deere, founder of Lime Crime, posted a picture of herself with a look-alike doll on Instagram, he took notice. The picture was put on her wall to help her friend, Joshua David McKenney, with exposure on his doll creation. Mr. Prince decided that he would make a print of the picture in a 48×65 frame. He sold it at the Frieze Art Fair in New York. The print sold for $90,000 putting Deere, Prince, and McKenney in the limelight.
McKenney was able to learn from Deere’s eccentric ways. The blue-haired artist has been crafting dolls for almost four years. He has quite a large fan base including stars like Elizabeth Arden and Mariah Carey. McKenny wants to make sure that the public knows his art has a voice. He believes that his newest creation, “Pidgin”, the creation of Deere, it going to be his best seller yet. The reason he chose such a unique name was because “Pidgin” is a language that people use to communicate when people speak diverse languages. He feels that Deere is able to communicate with him using her feminine side, something that few others can do. Many are wondering why Deere and why a doll?
Deere has a fascinating past. She was once a singer in a rock group when she was trying to find her niche in life. However, one thing that kept coming back to her was the fact that she could never find a good shade of lipstick when she needed it. She was bored with the mundane color pallet that other makeup companies used. The Russian immigrant learned that hard work and due diligence pays off. She and her husband build the company from the ground up and its success can be accredited to her work ethics.
She has never gone with the crowd; rather she prefers to march to the beat of her own drum. Through adversity and much criticism, she has overcome everything that life has threw her way. Her business has expanded and is not only online but also in retail locations. She is a self-made woman that is both an artist and a trailblazer. Her office isn’t the stiff corporate board rooms you would see around the world. Rather, she has rainbows on the ceilings and pinks everywhere. A giant six-foot lipstick tube greets people as they come through the door. She definitely is the “queen of the unicorns.”
The new doll comes in many different color variations, which only highlight the wide color pallet that Deere uses. It has the fairy-tale like smile and the peaceful look about it, just like Doe. As she continues to grow, the sky is the limit for this princess of makeup.
For more details about Doe Deere, visit www.doedeere.com.