Making Persephone

Hello dear reader! In this here blog post I wanted to open the curtain a little to show you my process of dollmaking, in particular, the making of my new large “Persephone” doll It all begins with fabric… The doll’s body (including head, arms and legs) is cut from calico which is an inexpensive medium weight unbleached cotton/pitjes katoen) and is sewn on the machine. It is then turned and firmly stuffed with a mix of poly fibre filling (for volume) and recycled cotton stuffing (for firmness and weight) The face and neck are sculpted on top of the stuffed…

Art Studio Time Travel

It is six years ago now since I first took some cut out letters from a hat and arranged the word Pantovola, Dada style. I lived on a canal boat in London at the time, and had swapped painting and printmaking for making dolls with fabrics, needle and thread, partly due to the limited space I had available to me, partly because of fond memories of making cloth dolls with my mother at home as a child. Six years and so many travels, adventures, dolls, sculptures and stories later… I thought it would be fun to share some ‘behind the…

The Young Gustavia

She comes from a long line of women. They all came in different forms, in different times, for different reasons. They always went in the same way; as a ghost, into thick mist, traveling back and forth, from this side of the veil to the other. They call her ‘The Young Gustavia’ but that refers not to her true age. For she is as old as the oak that stands firm in the fields, hugging the forest. Old as the words that are sent on thin air from the Gods to the poets. Old as the love felt between lovers…

Pollock’s Toy Shop exhibit

Dearlings, I hope you are all settling into the new season, wherever you are. I wanted to share some exciting news with you, which is that I am showing a special piece this autumn at a secret window somewhere in Covent Garden, London. The show is hosted by the marvelous Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop, who have also stocked a limited collection of my Pantovola Petit figurines. These little creatures are available to their shop visitors only at the moment, so if you find yourself to be in London town, then they would very much like to meet you. The art…

“LA LOBA” Dollmakers VII FolkTales at Cactus Gallery LA

Hello Dearlings, It has been a while and I hope you are all well, changing into your autumnal dress if you are, like me, in the Northern Spheres, and into your spring gear, if you are in the Southern Spheres. I wanted to let you know about the upcoming Art Doll show at Cactus Gallery in LA, CA, curated by Anima ex Manus Art Dolls (Ioanna Tsouka) and Sandra Mastroianni. The theme for this group show is Folk Tales, and each dollmaker has taken it upon her to tell a tale of their choosing, through the art of the doll….

Les Sorcières d’Été

Summer is in full swing, and the three witch sisters Peregrine, Floreal and Sage have collected their herbs in the glorious sun drenched fields. Peregrine, the oldest of the three, is often referred to as La Gardienne Des Âmes Perdues (The Keeper of Lost Souls) This is due to the fact that she always collects little keepsakes wherever she goes. She calls them her ‘little lost souls’ They are memories of places and people lost in distant histories of an older world to which these things once belonged. She stitches them all onto her skirt so they will never be…

NEW: Shopper Bags

I am super happy to finally offer limited edition shopper bags in my shop! The bags are made of heavyweight canvas from certified Organic and Fairtrade farms They are printed in the UK with an illustration of my Wolf Witch and Biddy Bird They are strong and durable bags of high quality, a magical bag for life ♥︎ You can find them in my shop at http://www.pantovola.shop Thanks for looking! x P x

Greeting Cards

Hello! I hope that you are well and healthy when you read this post Its been a while since my last blog post, I am busy with my picture story book and with baking Pavlova cakes. But in the meantime I have also added beautiful Greeting Cards to my shop! The cards are available as two sets, one set of five cards and another set of six cards, each with their own blank envelopes. SET ONE comprises of five different illustrations, one design for each card • La Loba • The First Dance • Wolf Maiden • The Bride and…

The Stay at Home Fairy

Hello lovelies, I hope you are all well and fine and safe I made this doll sculpture with mixed media and called her “The Stay at Home Fairy” Written a poem to go with it too “The Poem of The Stay at Home Fairy” Dream little house, dream of open field and bird filled sky, where cloud shadows chase the sunlight dancing O’er the roofs they’re passing by Two turtledoves romancing The smell of promise a budding flower, for each hour the memory of people dancing And whilst outside the cloaked man lurks and creeps invisibly To catch my breath…

The Lovely Chimney Ghost

The Lovely Chimney Ghost Deep inside the Old Green Woods By the ancient pine Stands a solitary house its structure built so fine With clay and straw and stone ‘T was built by hands long gone Withstood the test of time This house so small and strong ‘T is said back in the day, children went to play But now the sun has set ‘T is the playground of the dead From the chimney every night She rises up like smoke Her face so pale, her dress so white Quite the fright she does evoke! Yet I do not fear…