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Fort Macleod artist creates Hinshaw doll to support food bank

Fort Macleod artist Trish Hoskin created this doll in the image of Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw. It raised $500 for the Fort Macleod food bank through an on-line auction.

A Fort Macleod artist was inspired by a woman who became the face of the pandemic in Alberta to undertake a fund-raiser for the food bank.
Trish Hoskin crocheted a doll in the image of Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s medical officer of health who gained rock star status with her daily pandemic updates.
The doll sold for $500 in an on-line auction that ended on the weekend, with the money going to the food bank in Fort Macleod operated by the Salvation Army.

Trish Hoskin

“I admire Dr. Hinshaw because she’s become an important person to us Albertans,” Hoskin said. “When news of the pandemic first came out, people were scared and shocked. Her clear and straightforward daily reports gave us the answers we needed, and her delivery is amazing. There is just something about her that makes us know we’re going to be all right.”
“She’s a rock star — a real hero.”
Hoskin has been crocheting for more than 20 years and has made dolls based on lots of other famous people such as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Ross and Freddie Mercury, as well as figures from cartoons and video games.
The idea of a Dr. Hinshaw doll struck Hoskin while she was working on a big order for her company, Baba Yo Crochet.
Hoskin did not have a purpose for the doll when she started but sensed her creation could serve a bigger purpose.
“I didn’t know how I was going to do it, but I knew I wanted to use the doll for good,” Hoskin said. “Dr. Hinshaw represents good right now and I wanted to carry on her torch somehow. The idea of an auction came slowly to me as I made her.”
Hoskin started her company as Pippin Cat Crochet in 2010 and growing it into Baba Yo Crochet. She left her other employment in 2018 to concentrate full-time on her home business.
The work is all original as Hoskin does not use patterns.
Hoskin was at times tempted to take other jobs but has stuck to it, and is now writing patterns for her creations in response to customer demand.
She has a free patterns group on Facebook but also sells other patterns on Etsy and Ravelry.
These days Hoskin spends most of her time on custom orders for people, who often ask for crocheted pets or baby gifts.
“I love knowing people regard my work as gift-worthy,” Hoskin said. “Each piece is unique and made with a lot of love and care.”
When Hoskin started thinking about a greater purpose for her Dr. Hinshaw doll, she considered the Salvation Army food bank, which has put out a call for support during the pandemic.
“The food bank makes the most sense to me,” Hoskin said. “I wanted to keep it local. The food bank is super relevant right now as people have lost their jobs. Food banks need even more support right now.”
The Fort Macleod artist has had a number of requests for more Dr. Hinshaw dolls, which are now on sale on Etsy. Hoskin will donate $30 from each sale to the food bank in Fort Macleod.
“I don’t know if Dr. Hinshaw knows about this,” Hoskin said.
Hoskin will make a doll and send it to Dr. Hinshaw.
Anyone who would like to add their name to a card thanking the chief medical officer of health for her leadership in the pandemic can contact Hoskin on Facebook, Instagram or at babayogallery@gmail.com.
“Lots of people would like to see that happen and maybe it would be flattering for her to receive one. I’m not sure.”

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