Hilary Jean Tapper


Hilary Jean Tapper is a dollmaker, illustrator and filmmaker based in Ōtautahi Christchurch. She is currently studying her masters in Arts Therapy, teaching dollmaking and creative wellbeing classes, and creating dolls and illustrations which travel across the world. She is a lover of gardens, quietness, long forest wanders, reading, drawing and making little people. 

Hilary completed three residencies the Rekindle workshop between January 2020 and March 2021 funded by a Creative New Zealand Arts Grant. She now teaches doll-making within our Resourceful Skills workshop programme. Please visit Hilary's website for more about her work  or  @hilaryjeantapper  

Adventure dolls 2021

Tent, sleeping bag, and backpacks 2021

Ruru 2021

Penguin 2021

Inner Child Doll

Courage Bears and hares 2020

Big Courage Doll 2020

 Other samples of Hilary's work