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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…

fairytale dolls

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…

textile art

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…

“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…