Fabric Fairytales, Textile Art, OOAK Dolls and Illustration
Pantovola is a textile artist and dollmaker creating textile art sculptures and ooak art dolls
All I do and make is hugely inspired by old Folklore ,Witches, Victorian Ghost Stories, Mythology and Nature.
Whatever lives in my imagination I bring to life in the form of a textile art piece or ooak art doll.
I hand stitch my dolls and soft sculptures with unbleached cotton and second hand fabrics,
and decorate with illustration, embroidery, antique lace, beads and anything that I feel adds to the story of the piece.
Most of my textile art and dolls have their own little tale to tell,
often with a tough of the macabre, my favorite subject being ghosts and spirits roaming the woods..
Most my tales are ‘homemade’ but I do also use segments of existing fairytales, folklore, poetry, dark nursery rhymes and mythology.
I love dreaming up things that are hidden and secretive, magical creatures roaming the woods at dusk, ghosts floating amidst the foggy tree tops..
I prefer to work with old discarded materials,
incorporating its own history and narrative into my work.
I like the textures of old cloth and textile, worn in places, ruffled on the edges, there is something quite delightful about the imperfections.
Besides my autonomous work, I create bespoke, personalized Heirloom Dolls, Memorial Art and Guardian Witch Dolls, taking inspiration from the Mourning Art of the Victorian Era and historic Folklore.
I like to think of it as a weave of peoples narratives and history, telling a bigger story together.
For these particular pieces I work with materials provided by the client that are of personal importance;
scraps of fabric, an old wedding glove, family jewels, photographs, letters and so on.
Hopefully my heirloom pieces will be passed on from one generation to the next,
becoming tangible memories in and of people’s lives.
Oh yes, and I love to draw too! My illustrations are available as (limited) giclée art prints in my shop here
A little History:
I vividly remember making my first doll when I was only a small child,
a sock filled with cotton wool on which I carefully painted a face and hair.
With some cloth and ribbon I made the ‘sock doll’ a little dress.
“Pantovola” was born in the spring of 2015.
I had graduated from art school 10 years prior and explored working as a singer performer, illustrator and print maker. After traveling around for years between jobs and countries, I moved onto a canal boat in London.
The boat was small and winter had thrown her dark cloak over us. Studio space was not available within my budget, so I had to think small and simple again, in order to create work.
One evening, sipping some wine by a roaring wood burner, I had a vivid memory of my childhood, creating my own world and creatures with only a sock and some scraps of fabric. Something magical sparked inside of me and that is where Pantovola began.
Some years have now past, I moved from city to woodlands, and I have been sewing pretty much non stop from my home studio in a house in the foggy woods at the ankles of the Atlantic ocean
If you would like to be the first to hear about new pieces and collections, you are cordially invited to The Blue Moon Club,
a newsletter for collectors and fans.
My textile art and handmade art dolls are available in my official shop
I have giclée art prints available of my illustration and art dolls in my etsy shop.
Thank you for kindly visiting me here!
Best wishes, P