Rockford artist teams up with Tinker Swiss to offer ‘Business Bob’ doll

The handmade “Business Bob” art dolls, which are made of recycled materials and socks, are sold in Tinker’s museum store, 411 Kent St. (Photo provided)

Staff Report

Popular local artist Joelene Chinn, who creates handmade art dolls, has teamed up with Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens to create a specialty doll made from socks named “Business Bob.”

The doll is named after Robert Tinker, who built Tinker Swiss Cottage on the banks of the Rock River in Rockford.

Only 50 numbered dolls will be created. Each doll will come in a decorated box with a certificate of authenticity.

The collaboration between Chinn and Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum is designed to be a fund-raiser for the museum. Other Tinker family members may be created in the future.

The handmade art dolls, which are made of recycled materials and socks, are sold in the museum store. Store hours are 1-4 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday.

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum is at 411 Kent St., Rockford, and can be reached at (815) 964-2424. Visit www.tinkercottage.com for more details.

For more about Chinn and her company, Socks-that-Rock, visit http://www.socks-that-rock.com/.

From the Nov. 9-15, 2011, issue

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