victorian ghost stories

Spooky Tale on Sunday “The Arguing Candles”

There once stood a solitary house in the wind swept flat lands of Northern Frysland. This grand house used to be a beautiful home, but what was left of it now had mostly withered away with time. Harsh winds and relentless weather had taken their toll. The house belonged to an old lady, she had lived there all of her life. First with her husband and their children. Later, as her husband had passed away and the children flew the nest, she lived there alone. She had become a solitary creature and did not appreciate the company of people much….

There is no such place as Far Away

“There is no such place as Far Away” This is the title of a book I am yet to read, gifted to me for my recent birthday. The title could easily be my mantra. I have always yearned to go there,  Far Away. A place of evergreen fields wrapped in a blanket of mist and mystery. The problem with that Far Away place though is that once you get there, it is no longer what it promised to be. Because once you get there, well obviously there is no longer that physical distance between yourself, your worries, problems, anxieties and…

The Forgotten Forest – new collection and tale

Dear creatures, I am super happy to share with you my latest collection ‘The Forgotten Forest’ Eleven textile dolls and sculptures invite you into their magical world where the Wolf Witches, Biddy Birds ,Wood Nymphs and Forest Fairies reign. All pieces are now available in my shop and you can read their Tale here The creation of this collection has taken place over the past three months, and it has been a true labor of love, I enjoyed very much imagining the story and the creatures that live in these woods. Wolves play a big part in the tale, and…

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Stranger Factory Gallery Show

Last night, June 1st 2018, the Group show Toymakers of Planet Earth II opened at Stranger Factory Gallery in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am very honored to have three works exhibited there currently, which I can finally share with you here! This first doll sculpture is called The Moth Keeper. She is a standing piece made of vintage textiles, antique lace, clay, embroidery, paper and wood. She wears a little diorama in her dress displaying paper moths. The Moth Keeper is a melancholic creature, inspired by the antique doll. In this piece I try to capture some sense of the…

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the Summer Beast

The Summer Beast “…Only one of me is sad, all the others are quite happy…” This is a new and stand alone textile sculpture I made just this week. She does not belong to any collection, she was made out of the need to experiment a bit with colors and different textiles, and is very much an ‘intuitive’ creation. She is a kind of horse woman with several different faces that I painted on the cloth, that all seem to morph in and out of each other I used some different types of textiles for a change, like this faux…

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New Shop New Designs

Dear all, I am super excited to announce I have finally finished creating my very own shop, (with the help of a computer super genius of course) My shop is now hosted on my own website, offering my ooak dolls and textile art sculptures. It took months of work to make it look as simple as it does, but I wanted it to be a ‘white space’ in which my art would really be able to shine. The new address of my official shop is now: www.pantovola.com/shop I am very happy with the result and I hope you will like…

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the characters of dolls…

When making dolls, having an idea in my head is an obvious starting point.. I often don’t make sketches beforehand, as I like to just go along with where the stitches take me. But this way of working, I suppose, does allow for more radical changes to be made along the way of creating, and it is then, that the true personality of the dolls force their way through. I had a very specific idea for this here doll in progress above. I wanted her to become a lovely and warm, fuzzy woman, with big buns in her hair on…

Art for All!

Hello! I hope you are all keeping cozy and warm on this gloomy Sunday! The past week I worked on some new illustrations, after an idea I had to use the shape of a woman in a big dress, as my canvas for the illustration. I have used this idea in some of my dolls already, but wanted to explore it further in paintings and drawings as well. The story is now told from the perspective of the beholder of the dress, and I hope you like these two first designs “Spirit of the Woods” and “Girl and the Summer…

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Theatre of Tales: a new collection and its fantastical story

Happy Saturday! Just wanted to introduce my new collection here, for those who missed it on social media last Thursday: The Theatre of Tales a Curious Life Story A brand new collection I created of twelve textile dolls and sculptures telling a fantastical tale of a small traveling theatre and its curious adventures. The entire story can be viewed here on my website, just click the blue moon to be directed there now: This collection is home to twelve pieces, and I’d like to briefly introduce them here to you. There are a few pieces still available in my etsy…

the Haunted Menagerie Bookplates

Just some news here on a recent illustration I made, this is a bookplate for the Creeping Museum for their charity print run “The Haunted Menagerie” There are many fabulous artists who participated in this project such as: the Canvas Menagerie, Hidden Velvet and Amy Earles to name a few. The bookplate print set is available at the Creeping Museum Shop now and proceeds will be both donated to the Portland Audubon Society and future non profit Creeping Museum arts and community projects Each set includes ten different self-adhesive art bookplates—suitable for framing—measuring three inches by five inches Have a marvelous…