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Adrian Holmes: I Am My Sister Dolls

September / Front Gallery

Adrian Holmes: I Am My Sister Dolls

Adrian is the creator of the culturally iconic “I am My Sister” doll line.

Adrian, a native of Philadelphia, PA, attended Philadelphia High School for Girls and spent several years at York College in PA, before serving honorably in the US Air Force for 15 years. The desire to live a more creative and fulfilled life lead Adrian to home-school her two daughters and start A. Renee Designs, LLC, which specializes in custom faux finishes, window treatments, and interior design. Adrian is a leader and promoter of Black businesses on the Underground Railroad Byway.

The creation of the “I am my Sister” doll is a natural creative progression from her A. Renee Design experience. Each doll reflects a life well-traveled and well-lived, is handmade and individually “dressed”; no two are alike. Says Adrian, “the dolls embody the spirit of our mothers and grandmothers; sisters and aunts, daughters and goddaughters, and let us know we do not walk this journey alone. I am my Sister…when I see you, I see me”!