Ahoy 2007

November 5, 2007 at 4:29 pm (doll events, sculpture, Tutorials and how-tos) (, , , , , , , , , , )

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Today I’d like to share some pictures from the Ahoy International Doll Show in Rotterdam. These pictures were taken by doll artist Marika Spijkers, who has kindly supplied the names and web addresses of the artists. I’ve selected my favorite pictures from this show, but please check out the longer list at PhotoBucket for even more. The show was full of fairies, mermaids, trolls, dragons, castles and Arabian princesses, but the first prize went to Claudine Roelens‘ Ballet Dancers, pictured above.

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Above are two fairy palaces: Dreamworld by Marij Van Der Ham, and Arabian Dreamworld by Annelize Bos, which appears to have working lights. Below are a pair of adorably life-like babies, a fantasy mermaid and her baby by Joyce Kelder, and a charming fairy child by Edith Taylor:

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There were lots of nonhumanoid critters at the show, too, including this fiery orange dragon by Joan Coster, a Blue Dragon with lovely fantasy film wings made by Paula Daling, and this hilarious turtle reminiscent of Christie Friesen‘s work by Netty Stege. I love how the shell looks like it’s made of plaid fabric!

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Then there were gorgeously-sculpted and delicately posed fairies. From left to right, the first two are by Astrid Mulder; the third one, whose wings I adore, is by Hannie Sarris; and the fourth is by Saskia Hoeboer.

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Here are a stick puppet by Nannette Schenk and a mermaid with a really fascinating tail fin made by Astrid Mulder again (apparently I’m a big fan of hers, maybe I should feature her sometime.)

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And, last but not least, there seems to have been a challenge relating to Arabian Nights, because there were quite a few belly dancers, Arabian princes and genies, including this fabulously posed sword dancer by Iris Linstra, a well-costumed pair of Arabian ladies, and a charming prince with his princess. Both of the last tableaus were made by Margriet Nijs and are actually sculpted from hard media but painted like cloth dolls.

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You can look at the rest of the pictures here, and some photos of the artists with their dolls here. Oh, and be sure to check out Marika’s dollmaking tutorials.

Happy November!

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3 Comments

  1. Stefania Morgante said,

    Hi, I’m Stef from Italy, I’m a member of CDAA and the regional report from Europe. I interviewed for our Newsletter, the croatian artist Nives Cicin Sain (you can see the interview on my blog) and very soon I will interview Ankie Daanen, Narlaine Verhelst, Hannie Harris-President of Dabida-and Claudine Roelens. We have a lot on interesting artists in Europe! and I love your page with thousands of explications….can we exchanges our blogs? thank you, Ciao, Stef

  2. Editorial Note « Needle and Clay said,

    […] Marika Spijkers has been kind enough to match up all the pieces pictured in my “Ahoy 2007” post with the artists who made them. I have incorporated the atists’ names and web […]

  3. thessalyrose said,

    Stef, I would love to include a link to your blog. In fact, I’m going to add a link in my post today.

    Thanks!
    Tea Rose

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