“Precious” a film by Pantovola, Bright Side Studios and Alabaster de Plume

A year and some ago, I made a film with the marvelous Bright Side Studios and poet/musician Alabaster de Plume. The film was part of an installation during the Hidden Door Festival in Edinburgh, and we made the animation film to raise awareness about mental health issues and the isolating effects they can have. For the film we used the story of my sad clown Bragi, who cries tears made of pearls. A girl called Precious, collects these pearl tears and weaves them into necklaces. But the necklaces weigh heavy with melanholia and Precious tumbles into the pond… I made…

hybrid animal

surreal collage art Morphauna

Good morning and Happy Sunday! As a big ‘old stuff’ enthusiast I am always drawn to antique engravings and drawings from bygone days, especially those of the Royal portrait and the Botanical kind. But what I love most of all is to cut them all up and re-arrange them in a way so that a new story unfolds. A story often surreal and fantastical, in which strange creatures and hybrid animals inhabit magical universes filled with moons, moths, creeping ivy, wild flowers, birds and beautifully mad Elizabethan dresses. Not to worry though, I create these collages digitally, so all original…

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Gwendolyn the Tattooed Lady at Manifacto Gallery Amsterdam

This is “Gwendolyn the Tattooed Lady” A new textile art doll I made for the Contemporary Textile Art exhibition at Manifacto Gallery Amsterdam, opening tonight (Sun 4th of Feb 2018) This doll sculpture is inspired by the (mostly upper class) Victorian women who covered their bodies in beautiful tattoos. There are some interesting reads about this daring exhibition of the body art, for instance on this blog and this article in the New Yorker The face of this doll is three dimensional and needle sculpted. I used mohair for her wig and braided it along her neck and arm. I…

witchy art

Whimsical Art Prints to make your wall look really dreamy

What does Pantovola do on a regular Saturday night? …fine tuning her shop! Adjusting this and that and the other.. a typical Saturday night I would say! Anyway, I wanted to share with you the fact that I have lovely giclée art prints available there, they are quality reproductions of my original paintings. These prints are produced by Alden Fine Print & Co. on textured, acid free Art Paper using archival pigment inks. So there you go I would like to show you some of my paintings and prints in this post, with their little stories xx P xx The…

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Amathyst, a new doll in a box

A new dreamy textile doll arrived in my shop! She comes in a beautiful vintage presentation box, of which I found a few in a local shop here. They look so old and from another time and place, they inspired me to make this new textile creature. The doll is called Amathyst. For her I used a lot of lovely vintage and antique lace, dusty pink Teeswater fleece and beads. I painted ivy branches over her neck and face with water colors. On her chest she wears a little amethyst, and flowers made of vintage lace and gold thread.  

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Victorian Mourning Doll – New Piece

“She Mourns with One Eye Open” A new art doll inspire by the Victorian Mourning Art. These conjoined sisters mourn the loss of their innocent heart. They no longer sleep with eyes closed at the same time! This art doll is made with mixed materials. They carry a sacred heart in their hands, which has been decorated with old bits of Indian textiles and beads. On their chest a vintage crochet and a chest piece of braided hair, inspired by the Mourning Art of the Victorian Era. The ‘veil’ that falls down from the waist is a piece of stunning…

Winter Sale

Dear followers, a very happy New Year to you all! I am about to get started on a new collection of dolls and sculptures, but I still have a few pieces left from previous collections. I am offering these pieces with a 25% discount in my etsy shop! You can find eligible pieces in the ‘wintersale’ section of my shop. To claim your discount, use the coupon code WINTERSALE at checkout. The discount will then be deducted ⛄️ Many thanks for your follow here! x P x  

Fairytale picturebook in the making…

Hello! I hope you are all keeping warm and cozy. I just wanted to share a new project I am working on and am super excited about! It is something I have been wanting to do since childhood, which is to create a picture book of my wee tales, the same tales I have used for many of my dolls and textile pieces. Some of you have already pointed out this potential, for which I thank you, as it has been that push in the back I needed to just get started with it already This is the first illustration…

sacred heart sculpture

Sacred Winter Swan

Hello ! I have been working on a new swan doll ever since I left for my travels, and due to all the interruptions I never managed to finish her until now. So here is my new textile sculpture called The Sacred Winter Swan She is made of fabric entirely and is hand painted in pale coffee/pink Her feathers are hand cut and cover her needle sculpted wings and neck On her face I sewn in some delicate lace embroidery and silver sequins, and she wears a lace ruff around her neck. On her chest I made the swan a…

Dark Fairytales by Nadezhda Illarionova

This Sunday morning I am spending in bed mesmerizing over these beautifully magical and dark fairytale illustrations by Russian graphic designer and illustrator Nadezhda Illarionova.   It is strangely familiar looking at these images, having grown up with a Fairytales fanatic mother and grandmother, I was raised surrounded by fantastical tales, big books by H.C. Anderson and the Brothers Grimm filled with full page illustrations in which I could loose myself for an entire day. Even as a child I preferred Grimm to Disney, with nature and animals taking on powerful, often terrifyingly dark roles, taking its reader on a…