If you’re an avid social media user and like to be in-the-know when it comes to arts and culture in Qatar, then you may have come across Jawaher Almaadheed on Instagram.

Tell us about your background and how you got into arts?
I am a graduate from Qatar University and have loved drawing ever since I was a child. I love handicrafts and for me, art is a beautiful outlet, especially for the doll making industry. I have created art for several years and this is my love. I like to use different techniques and materials and like to work with small details.

How did you get involved with doll making? Where does your inspiration come from?
I love the doll industry because I love to buy and collect dolls and I am always thinking about how beautiful they are and how I can make something similar. From then on, I started making dolls.

We love the antique collection – what themes do you pursue?
I love European history, especially French, as I am impressed by the antiques and Victorian furniture. Therefore, I search for antique collections, read about them and buy them. I use it for my home furnishings as well as my doll inspiration.

How have your techniques changed over time?
I am trying to learn more as I have taken courses abroad. I would like to learn new techniques and continue to develop my talent. The task of making dolls as a professional is difficult because I require materials that I need to purchase from America and Russia. For a long time, I was facing difficulties in achieving professional results in doll making.

What is your dream project?
My dream would be to participate in international exhibitions and to raise the name of myself and my country, Qatar on the world stage.

Tell us about your most memorable piece?
Every piece I make is important to me, but there is a doll that I made before I started the business that is very special to me. It is a clown doll and when I made her, it was not to sell or anything, but when I put her into a book fair, people rushed to it and encouraged me to make a lot more of them.

How long does it take you to make one doll?
Depending on the doll, it can take anything from three days to one week.

What does this mean to you!? Is it a passion or hobby, or are you just experimenting?
First, it is a passion and then a hobby but it is an experience that I don’t want to end,. So I am continuing to develop my skills.