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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
As a former English major, I admire a ten-dollar word like the one above, which was invented by Meredith Dittmar to describe her imaginative figurative sculptures. I’ve admired her work ever since I first came across her on PolymerClayDaily, but her latest offerings take things to the next level.
She started out sculpting her “Guys,” goofy little monsters in vivid colors, and selling them on eBay, several years ago. As time went on, her pieces developed environments and graffiti-inspired backgrounds, and this new group makes use of a sophisticated color palette. If you take the time to ponder them, you can see deep meanings in her work, having to do with the connections between life and the relationships of people with each other and their surroundings, but the amazing thing is that despite all that heavy stuff, it still makes me smile. At the end of the day, that’s all I hope for from my own work: to make people smile.
Dittmar is a “real” artist, as in one who shows in galleries and actually earns money doing her work, and I don’t know if you can call what she does “dolls,” but what the heck. To learn more about Dittmar, you can view a page about her most recent show at Compound Gallery in Seattle, or you can visit her adorable Flash site or read this article about her artistic process.
I’d like to thank Cynthia Tinapple for her fantastic blog, PolymerClayDaily.com, since I collected most of the info for this blog entry from there.