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Sprookjesbos, The Fairytale Forest

Posted in anthropomorphic, destinations, dolls with tags , , on November 24, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Before the Efteling theme park (the largest in the Netherlands) was opened around these works, ten delightfully unsettling fairytale scenes graced Sprookjesbos.

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Dummies based on the darkly nuanced illustrations of Dutch artist Anton Pieck populate fantasy tableaux straight out of European fables.

From the source:
The original set of tableaus contained scenes from such popular stories as Snow White and Sleeping Beauty as well as lesser known tales such as Mother Hulda’s Well and The Frog King. Some of the figures in the scenes were animated with early mechanical effects, and each scene had a voice-box or book that would tell the story associated with it.
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Since its inception the collection of scenes continued to grow, building moments from stories ranging from Little Red Riding Hood to The Indian Water Lillies. Each new scene maintained Pieck’s signature style, even as the technology evolved, and even as older fairytale scenes were updated and replaced. Today there are a total 28 scenes, each culled from the fairy tale greats such as Hans Christian Anderson and The Brothers Grimm. And just like the original stories, they continue to prove just a little creepy.
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I’d love to see a full photo collection of the pre-Efteling lanscapes.
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See the modern park here.

Halloween Countdown: The Doll Asylum

Posted in dolls, exhibits, halloween, macabre, toys with tags , , , , on October 5, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Here we have a great reader submission: The Doll Asylum.

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From the staff:
Welcome to the Doll Asylum. We are a place for the old, the decrepit, the forgotten…the insane. We try to ‘fix’ those we can, and provide a place of refuge for those we can’t.
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Founded in 1867 by German Dr. Hermann Reinhardt, the Doll Asylum’s purpose was to receive dolls who were abandoned, neglected, or most importantly, showing signs of psychotic or murderous behavior.

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Doll Maker by hobby, Dr. Reinhardt thought he could bridge the gap between the inanimate and animate and stomp out the dark thoughts that lay beneath.

While no true success was to be had in his day, Dr. Reinhardt did establish a home for those unwanted creatures and in doing so, has protected society at large.

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We continue that tradition and throw open our doors to the public 4 days a year to show what his good work has wrought. We cannot guarantee your safety or mind or spirit, but we will have cookies.

Has anyone in Portland gone here?

The Doll Asylum

Nathalie Lete: Meat Rug

Posted in craft, dolls, home, meat with tags , , , on September 19, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Here we have an eye catching rug by Nathalie Lete for the discriminating carnivore (the roses are a nice touch, no?):

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She has more unique rugs in her multimedia portfolio, such as this doll head (which I think I’d feel a bit guilty walking on).
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All types of art can be found on her site.

Pat Lillich

Posted in craft, dolls, sculpture with tags , , on September 9, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

I was captivated by this paper clay sculpture by Pat Lillich. She is called The Courtesan; a haunting memento mori of skin deep beauty.

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This one, a smooth, nearly alien angel, conjures feelings of redemption and transformation.
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And some characters are just plain fun.
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Pat Lillich

Dustin Poche

Posted in craft, dolls with tags , on August 12, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Dustin Poche is one of my favorite art doll makers. He works predominantly with paper clay and vintage textiles (which add an air of authenticity and depth to his creations).

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Poche’s first venture into the figure and sculpting world began with the restoration of 1920’s era boudoir dolls. He states: “I learned a lot while working with the antique dolls, but there was something missing in the end result. I imagined characters with more expressive faces, emotions, and gestures. To bring these characters to light, I realized I had to begin sculpting them.”
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I love his work with “mature” subjects. One almost gets the sense that they have aged naturally, though they always keep up a veneer of glamor.
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Dustin Poche

1972 Mattel Saucy Doll

Posted in absurd, dolls, humor, vintage with tags , , , on May 18, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

In 1972, Matell release a the “Saucy Doll;” a little lady who makes strange faces when you lift her left arm (which, arguably, anyone would).

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Judging from this video, it takes quite the effort to get these funny faces to happen (that’s a lot of arm lifting), and most faces can accurately be subsumed under the header of “drunk and disorderly.”

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Mealy Monster Land

Posted in craft, dolls, sculpture with tags , , on May 13, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Today’s one of a kind, bug-eyed art dolls come from Mealy Monster Land.

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Caption for this guy, anyone?
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Amazing…
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For the Halloween lovers there are many pumpkin heads.
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And some frazzled snowmen to keep the yuletide…interesting.
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Mealy Monster Land

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