A school of fish, a murder of ravens, and a fascination of …dolls.
When I was a little girl I played with dolls but they were not nearly as fascinating as my Lego or train set. But these days I’ve found a different world of dolls.
I’ve been searching on-line for examples of interesting dolls. I make dolls myself. I cant spend much time on them as I have to work 😦 and looking through doll maker Marina Bychkova ‘s site I must admit to a twinge or two of jealously.
Marina is a queen of doll makers. On the one hand is the level of her craft – the excellence of her materials – porcelain, silk, stainless steel, leather. On the other is her distinctive style. A strange combination of sweetness and…pain? For example, “Bride of Frankenstein” pictured above. This is probably the most obvious example. Here are some other favourites:
Snow White – bruised:
This young tattooed lady is called “The Vessel”.
A detail of the horrible little “golden lilies” – the bound feet of a Chinese princess :
You can find a nice summary of her process here. Click on the image links on the side to progress to the next page. Its quite intimidating – from mold making, firing, glazing, stringing and making the costumes.
“…sometimes I feel bad about covering up their beautiful jointed bodies. So I console myself by making the costume a masterpiece of bead and gemstone embroidery.”
From a completely different universe of creatures are these rainbow creations from Muju Toys
Elsa Mora is always interesting too:
I found the work of Amy Leonard very inspirational. She builds fantastical found object landscapes into glass containers:
Finally, an endless source of strange doll images is “Miss Polly has a Dolly“. Sometimes frustrating, as the sources are not always stated and you cant tell where the images are from. Lately it seems to have improved. But I still dont know where this little creature is from: