Ingersoll said she finds the natural materials during her hikes and in the bulk bins at natural food stores. Mustard seed, barley and rose petals are just some of the items used in her pieces. The natural embellishments she chooses for each doll depends on the look she's going for.
"It's like painting," Ingersoll said. "You pick the right color for the thing."
Ingersoll said one of her next projects is to create a West Virginia-inspired doll.
"When I was at Tamarack for my first interview ... I thought, 'I'd like to try a doll that has the essence of West Virginia,'" Ingersoll said. That's where she got the idea to make a doll using Pearl S. Buck, the Hillsboro-born author, as a starting point.
One of the things that make Ingersoll's dolls unique is the amount of detail that goes into them.
"When [people] see all this detail, they're always overwhelmed because they know it probably took hours and hours," Ingersoll said.
Indeed, each doll Ingersoll makes takes several days -- if not months -- to finish.
"Sometimes I'll start making a doll and it doesn't look right, and I'll put it aside and I'll go back to it," Ingersoll said. "I've got a couple little dolls that are sitting there that have probably sat there a year, and I've never went back to them because they just weren't working."
In all, Ingersoll said she has made hundreds of dolls -- most of which have been unique in style and presentation.
Ingersoll said the best part of making the dolls is seeing the expressions on the faces of those who see her work.
"When people look at them they get all excited," Ingersoll said. "I don't know, I think all of us artists have huge egos and we like people to like what we do."
Want to go?
WHAT: Opening reception for Corn Husk Dolls by Christine Ingersoll
WHEN: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 11
WHERE: Dickirson Gallery, Tamarack, Beckley
Ramsburg is a Charleston-based freelance journalist.