Kentucky Tourism

Schocklee, Angie Bailey — Country Nouveau

Island, KY


soft sculpture

Angie Bailey Shocklee carries on a family tradition of selling textile works.  Her grandmother, Faye Vandiver, began wholesaling family-made textile items in 1970  and Angie’s mother, Linda Vandiver Bailey, continued the business.


Angie’s mother Linda was a self-taught artisan who developed various creatures, including overall-clad hound dogs, cats carrying fish, long-legged chickens, and bunnies with scarves.  In 1985, Linda developed her first Vandi-Lace teddy bears and by 1987 Country Nouveau, as the business was by then called, was rapidly growing. This business that had begun as a hobby eventually employed 20 people and dolls were being shipped around the world.


When Linda suffered an aneurysm, Angie and her grandmother Faye decided to continue the business and the family tradition of original design soft sculptured creatures composed of a wide variety of materials with features added with wool and custom made clothes and shoes .Country Nouveau is a member of the Kentucky Craft Marketing Program.


Country Nouveau’s animals and dolls are available at Kentucky State Park gift shops and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.