Alice and Wednesday

April 19, 2008 at 5:15 am (Uncategorized) (, , , )

I get why Wednesday Addams is so often represented by goth-type dollmakers, but I don’t really get Alice in Wonderland. I guess that could be because I’ve never read the book.

In any case, today I bring you a selection of gorgeous, dreamy, big eyed Wednesdays and Alices.

Joanna Thomas’ work has graced these pages before, but I have to mention her if I’m going to blog about Alice in Wonderland. Her devotion to this subject has produced at least three dreamy interpretations of Alice, each with Thomas’ exquisite expression and meticulous attention to detail.

Gail Lackey has been a big name in the doll scene for a while, and I think her Wednesday is the sweetest one I’ve seen. She has Lackey’s characteristic adorable face, but look at the detail in the headless doll’s costume. Gorgeous. (I don’t know if you can see this link without joining The Fairy Society, which you should do anyway, but it seems to be the biggest collection of Lackey’s work available online for now.)

I’ll bet you didn’t even know people did makeovers of My LIttle Ponies, but if DeviantArt is any indication, there’s a brisk trade in them. Lisa Stanley is a prolific My Little Pony artist, and her whimsical take on Wednesday Addams includes a perfectly competent headless doll with jointed arms and legs.

Michelle Bradshaw, aka Pixiwillow, deserves her own feature in this space someday. She’s probably best known for her fantastic dollhouse-scale fairies which sell on eBay for a lot more money than I can afford. Her interpretation of Alice in Wonderland’s trippy cast is just like the rest of her work: sensitively proportioned, unbelievably realistic for something so tiny, but, most importantly, beautiful.

Bradshaw has a Wednesday Addams, too:

“Let’s Play with Dolls,” it’s called. I love the slightly alarmed expression on the dolly’s face.

Have a great weekend!

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Michelle Steele

August 24, 2007 at 4:16 am (Halloween/creepy or goth) (, , )

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Here’s another creepy/Goth inspired doll artist. Michelle Steele is known on Flickr as Darksidedolls, and the title is a fitting one. A quite versatile artist, Steele offers paintings, jewelry and needle-felted plushies as well as hard-media art dolls on her Etsy site. Although she makes well-sculpted fairy-type dolls with a Goth twist, I have to confess that it’s her creepy ornaments that captivate me. Made from a wide variety of media including papier mache, Apoxie Sculpt, porcelain, and earthen clay, these quirky figures sometimes incorporate purchased doll heads. They’re a great mix of creepy and cute.

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Like many modern doll artists, Steele makes use of a plethora of Internet sites, including her personal page, a blog, an Etsy storefront and a Flickr account.

Edit: For some reason, this post gets more hits than any other post on my blog. If you got here from a search engine or bookmark, I’d like to invite you to take a look at some other blog posts you might like:

Sleetwealth Studios — Beauty with an edge

Alice and Wednesday

Scott Radke

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Scott Radke

July 10, 2007 at 4:42 pm (Halloween/creepy or goth) (, , )

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I’m sending off my doll club’s entry to our Halloween show today, so it feels appropriate to blog about Scott Radke.

A talented painter, Radke turned from murals to sand sculpture a few years ago, and from there to sculpting what he calls “marionettes.” His work has that creepy-strange quality that’s so popular in certain quarters these days, both repellent and fascinating. While other people make mermaids and fairies, he makes sea monsters and weird human-headed animals.

Somewhere I have a graphic design book that includes a color palette based on the colors found in dead bodies. Radke captures that palette perfectly and combines it with traditionally creepy details, like pointy hats and black-and-white stripes. I wonder what Halloween is like at his house…

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