Pantovola creates art dolls, textile art and mixed media sculptures,
using cloth, clay, recycled objects and old textiles.
Otherworldly, ghostly creatures, tell their tales of myths and magic, life, death and the spirit realm. They invite us into their secret and serene world, to share with them in wonder.
“My work is rooted in a life long fascination with what is hidden, with secrets and the occult.
Witches, Folklore and Fairy tales, Mythology, the Spiritual World.. things we do not know for certain, but sometimes sense when we are lucky. All that exists behind the veil of our imagination. I think I try to birth these worlds, these creatures, shaping their faces,
telling their stories in cloth, clay, scraps of fabric and found objects..
I prefer to work with old materials,
incorporating its own history and narrative into my work.
I wish my art to engage with people on an emotional, subconscious level,
without being too obvious, leaving room for individual interpretation and sensitivity.
Much like the old folklore stories do, using suggestive, often archetypal symbolism and metaphors.
But I also simply like to add beauty to the world… something for our mind’s eye to feast on…
Besides my autonomous work, I create bespoke, personalized Heirloom Dolls and Memorial Art, taking inspiration from the Mourning Art of the Victorian Era and ancient folklore dealing with death.
I like to think of it as a weave of peoples narratives and history, telling a bigger story together.
For these particular pieces I add materials provided by the client that are of personal importance;
scraps of fabric, an old wedding glove, Gran’s jewels, old photographs and letters and so on.
Hopefully my heirloom pieces will be passed on from one generation to the next,
becoming tangible memories in and of people’s lives.”
I vividly remember making my first doll when I was only a small child,
a sock filled with cotton wool on which I carefully painted a face and hair.
With some cloth and ribbon I made the ‘sock doll’ a little dress.
“Pantovola” was born in the spring of 2015.
I had graduated from art school 10 years prior and explored working as a singer performer, illustrator and print maker. After traveling around for years between jobs and tours I moved onto a canal boat in London. There I simply could not afford to create the work I used to; the living space was small and dark (however cozy it was though, painting by candle light didn’t seem to really work) and studio space was too pricey in London.
Though one evening sipping some natural wine by the little wood burner, I had a vivid memory of the child I once was, creating her own magical dream world with not much more than a sock and some cotton wool. Something magical sparked inside of me and the next day my first ‘grown up’ doll was made (not a very good one however, but a welcome beginning of something new..)
Two years have past, I moved from the south to the north and have been sewing like a maniac. Currently I work as a full time textile artist and doll maker from my home studio in Edinburgh.
Pantovola art dolls are made for collectors and for display purposes
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