The Pigeon Princess


When I was a young girl my late grandmother would sometimes take me to The Dam square in Amsterdam.
We would cycle together from her house on the other side of the city.
On the square an old lady sold little bags of bird seed, and my gran would buy us one.
I will never forget the strange sensation of the pigeons flying on and off my shoulders and head, eating the seeds I had sprinkled over my coat and hair.
This doll is inspired by this memory and made in honor of my dear grannie.

I made the doll with cloth and clay.
The clay has been crackled and distressed in places, giving her an antique look.
It is triple varnished and has a silk sheen

For her wig I used lovely, fine mohair in a deep auburn brown colour in which she wears a beaded tiara.

The pigeons are made with clay and are hand painted and varnished.
They have pins and can be placed on the cloth parts of the doll.
The little Dutch canal house pendant is also made with clay and is again painted and varnished.

For her skirt and cape I used gorgeous antique lace.
All of her clothing has been ‘stained’ giving them an old and worn look.

Her leg parts are joined with string,
making them bendable so she can sit in different positions when supported.
She could also stand in a doll-stand and measures 60cm’s tall.

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My art dolls are not intended to be toys and should be handled with care.
Keep them away from water and direct sunlight as much as possible.
Pieces can be carefully dusted with a dry clean cloth.
Due to small parts they are not suitable for young children.
Textiles can get damaged by moth infestation, keep your house moth free.
If you think your art piece may have been in touch with moths,
I advice you to wrap the piece in a clean cloth and freeze it for 2/3 days.
Then remove from freezer for a day and repeat.

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Gift Wrapping and Packaging
My dolls come gift wrapped in white tissue and customised satin ribbon. Packaged in bubble wrap and shipped in a postal box.

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