Marlene has had an artistic flare from childhood and was always involved in theatre and music. The need to create has always been strong in her family and her ability to create something unique and beautiful that makes a person smile is a remarkable achievement.

She is the creator of some of the world's most beautiful collectible wooden dolls. These incredible handmade dolls are so exquisite that each doll is recognized as a stunning piece of art.
 The Xenis company was founded in 1995 by Marlene who, in the early years, worked from the basement of her home. Marlene was later joined by her two daughters, Tania and Jesse, and a team of highly skilled artisans.

Hand-made out of a variety of woods including Canadian Maple, the Xenis team have turned their love for the arts into unique, sustainable, collectable characters. Xenis dolls are dressed in individually tailored, original, eye-catching designs. A Xenis collectable doll is a real treasure that can be passed down from generation to generation.

For true doll lovers

"For anyone looking to broaden their existing collection - or starting to collect- I believe wood will continue to have a special place.... It may not be large , but it is an extension of the woodcarver's art. Xenis' work in this field is especially worth collecting ..."

- E. S. Blakey, Director of the Dancing Bear Folk Center Museum

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