I mentioned in my last post about some dolls that I've been inspired by, and while I still don't have any of my own work to share I thought it the perfect excuse to show you.
So lets begin with the stunning work of The Pale Rook.
"The Oak nymph" by The Pale Rook
I've never been a huge "dolly" girl (even as a youngster) but oh my.....these dolls I would own in a flash.
"Ethel" by the Pale Rook
Its the mix of pencil and fabric, and the shapes that are created...... down to the little feet.
"Oak Nymph" by The Pale Rook
Violetta by The Pale Rook
Simpy sublime stitching!
Next I'd like to introduce Nadya Sheremet and her beautifully embroidered dolls....
Deer from a small town by Nadya Sheremet
The amount of work that goes into each piece is breathtaking. The design hand embroidered onto the skirt worn by "Goldilocks" is a piece of art in itself....and hints at the care and time invested into each piece.
And how about the details embroidered onto the dress worn by this "Girl from the Irish Coast"
Don't forget her pants!....
I can hardly comprehend the patience required to create such detail. Amazing!
And last but by no means least is the charming and colourful work of Valentina Felce of Blue Raspberry Designs. I love the tattoed dolls created by Mimi Kirchner, but have to say I laughed with glee on stumbling upon this doll on etsy.
This glee was heightened after reading Valentina's little blurb on why she does what she does.
"I have always wanted a different kind of toy. That is: I had different sensibilities when it came to clothes, music, and dolls when i was a kid and I found myself often altering the things around me to suit my tastes. I was a little edgier than most, and I know I wasn't the only one. I would cut the hair off my barbies into stylish bobs and cover them with tiny sharpie tattoos. That's basically what I still love doing today!
My Sindy doll (showing my age now!) definitely got subjected to a haircut.... but I don't think the "scalped" look could be classed as stylish ;)
Painted Lady -Circus Performer by Blue Raspberry Designs.
"The White Queen" by Blue Raspberry Designs
So there you have it..... a doll bonanza to enjoy... I wonder if its too late to add one to my list for the big Mr S ;)x