Zenobia Washington

Artist and Lowcountry Native Zenobia Washington began creating handmade dolls in 1998 after the death of her only brother. Through her self-taught method of dollmaking, Washington found a way to heal herself from the intense pain and deep depression that often accompanies the grieving process. Her choice to reconnect with her creativity helped to remind her of the wonderful people, beautiful places, and mystical things that make up her Gullah heritage.

The Dolls that Zenobia creates are a celebration of the lives of the many amazing women that have influenced her. Although each doll is one of a kind, they all share a common thread, they are all ambassadors of the Gullah culture. Within their chocolate brown and ebony forms, their fabrics, beads, and feathers, each doll is created to tell stories of survival, triumph, and love... Stories of Gullah people. 

“My community is rich with wise women, healers, warriors, and black butterfly dancers. My dolls pay respect and homage to the women that raised and continue to nurture me. Each one says thank you for keeping me grounded in a culture that is both my resting and rejuvenating place, my home, my self.” 

Living in Georgetown, South Carolina. Ms. Washington is a full time Mother, and Artist. She is an Artist in Residence with the South Carolina Art Commission. Her artwork is featured in numerous Galleries, and is enjoyed in many private art collections.

Photo courtesy of Clayton Stairs, Georgetown Times.

Photo courtesy of Clayton Stairs, Georgetown Times.

Contact Information

Please feel free to contact Ms. Washington regarding her custom handmade dolls, other artwork, or if you are interested in scheduling her for an appearance.

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The Artistry of Zenobia Washington
Georgetown, South Carolina