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…

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…

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…

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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…

rag doll

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.  

victorian hair art

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…

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Happy Festive Season and thank you …

I hope you are all enjoying a cozy festive season! Many thanks for all the support this past year, it is a blessing to know my work is appreciated by people out there, it motivates me to keep making and creating and I am looking forwards to sharing new pieces with you all in the coming year. Stay warm and well and all the best wishes for the coming new year   x Pantovola   (painting by the wonderful Grandma Moses)