Doll Story

 

♥︎ Welcome to the world of Pantovola ♥︎
Here you will find my handmade Textile Art Dolls and Mixed Media Objects.
My work is inspired by Fairytales, Folklore of the mysterious kind and memories of childhood.
My favorite materials are vintage fabrics and antique textiles,
crackled clay and little treasures I pick up on my travels,
telling their own small stories and secrets
To find available pieces, please have a look in my shop
Thank you for visiting

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TEXTILES, OBJECTS & STORIES

STORY TELLING is what fuels my work.
Each doll, figure and sculpture has their own narrative,
and are often part of a little fantastical tale.
Read all about a traveling theatre with its strange inhabitants in The Theatre of Tales
Or let the forest nymphs show you the way into the tale of The Forgotten Forest
I stitch my dolls and figures by hand with old fabrics,
discarded textiles and antique lace.
The more worn the textile, the more it speaks to me somehow.
I like to think there are small secrets and stories hidden in the fibers of these materials,
and I imagine the hands from the past handling these pieces of cloth before me.
I am a keen collector of interesting objects and treasures,
and often these items can spark a new piece.
For faces and hands I often use clay made to look like porcelain,
giving my dolls an antique look and feel.

Animals are an endless source of inspiration for me,
especially wolves and owls, representing the wise omens of the wild woods and skies
Fairy creatures, Witches, Ghosts and Spirits are also among some of my favourite subjects

F A I R Y T A L E S

From early childhood,
I made it my occupation to lose my mind in Fairy Tales.
Especially the beautifully illustrated books by the Brothers Grimm and Anderson that lived on the book shelves of my grandmother's house, were a life inspiration.
I dedicated a lot of my childhood to dressing up as the fantastical characters from my favourite Fairytales, and reenacted many stories and tales.
To this day I love to immerse myself in a private world of such magic and mystery.
One thing I search for when making my dolls and figurines,
is to once again be enchanted the way child-me was.
Enchantment is something so precious to me,
it is almost ethereal in a sense that it is so difficult to touch or name.
I try to stitch that feeling into my work,
and make that magic tangible somehow.
It is said that dolls are little representations of different elements of ourselves,
and I believe this to be true.
You could say they are portraits of our emotions and imaginings,
offering us a mirror into our wild and childlike souls

PAINTING & ILLUSTRATION

Besides making my my sculptural work, I also love to draw and paint.
Often my paintings are inspired by my dolls and figures, or vice versa,
and my canvas can be 2 dimensional, or 3 dimensional
You can see my illustrative work and paintings HERE

I paint large murals by hand,
such as this example below, which was made at an old farm house in Galicia, Spain

With some of my illustrations I created patterns for wallpaper and home decor.
You can see more pattern design by clicking HERE

BESPOKE ART

On some occasions I create bespoke pieces too,
such as Memory Dolls and Heirloom Dolls.
These are dolls made in collaboration with you.
Your ideas, stories and memories have a central role in the process of making such pieces.
Family heirlooms and personal items can be incorporated in these dolls.

Would you be interested to find out more about such dolls,
you can read about them here
For your custom doll request please fill out this form
You can find my available dolls and textile sculptures in my shop here
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you are invited to join my Blue Moon Club newsletter here

Do you want to read more then you are welcome to read this recent interview
I gave to Dyeing House Gallery

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