Welcome to Pantovola;
I am a doll artist and textile artist creating art dolls and doll sculptures,
and a fantastical world for them to inhabit in which story telling is the beating heart.
Materials I use are vintage and antique textiles, clay and old curio & trinkets that I love to collect.
My work is inspired by the wonderworld of Childhood,
Puppetry Theater, Folklore & Fairytales, Surrealism, The Victorian Era, Dreams & Nature.
I have a thing for Victorian Mourning Art, Moths & Butterflies, Trees, the smell of Old Books,
Brothers Grimm, Ancient Handwritten Letters, Doll Houses & Miniatures,
Decaying Lace, Dried Flowers and Curiosity Boxes.
Favorite animal: Wolf, Favorite human: Witch
Often my dolls and sculptures hold a world within a world;
a diorama or miniature theater may be hidden in their chest,
or behind the drapes of their elaborate dress.
They tell fantastical tales of the Spirit World,
Witches & Wolves, Teapot Ghosts, Moth Faeries and many more otherworldly beings.
My art breathes a melancholy breath and has a nostalgic soul,
one which yearns to bygone days, a summer past, a memory in dusk...
Creating is something I have always done
looking for ways to bring my inner landscapes and fantastical creatures to life.
I studied Visual Art at ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem, Netherlands,
and I have a background in painting, illustration, stop motion puppet-animation-film and Theater.
As a Doll Artist I have found a way to combine all these different mediums
and interests that I have and condense them into one.
Design, sculpting, painting, sewing, character building, collecting,
assemblage and story telling are all part of the process of Doll Making,
so I hardly ever get bored...
My Dolls and Sculptures are held in private collections and exhibits worldwide.
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