Handicraft

The art of sculpting sweetness

Those irresistible sweet faces of Ana Salvador’s “girls” gain each one of them a home. The original porcelain art dolls of the Portuguese born artist display a frozen-in-time gesture and their delicate, strange features with angelic, gleaming eyes evoke innocence, reverie, sadness and many more.

Sarah, porcelain doll by Ana SalvadorSarah, porcelain doll by Ana Salvador

Enchanting porcelain beauties

Marina Bychkova, originally from Siberia, accomplished her doll making art in Vancouver, Canada after studying Fine Art at Emily Carr Institute and taking advanced jewelry design classes. The result took shape as the Enchanted Doll the artist’s own label of exquisite porcelain ball jointed dolls. There are many doll artists out there but few of them can create a thrilling universe of their own. The name was inspired by Paul Gallico’s fictional short story called Enchanted Doll, “where a young woman creates dolls with so much love that they enchant people at first sight with their compelling, delicate, life-like beauty”. I think we all can agree that Marina Bychkova brought this story to life.

Echo doll by Marina BychkovaEcho doll by Marina Bychkova

Doll marvels from a Tireless Artist

Dorote Zaukaite Villela from Kaunas, Lithuania brings beauty to the world with her amazing art dolls. Under the label of TirelessArtist, Dorote creates and sells delicate masterpieces sculpted mostly from air-dry clay and painted with fine acrylic or oil paints.

Mary art doll by Tireless ArtistMary art doll by TirelessArtist

Tragic stories of Bovey Lee

Bovey Lee takes paper cutting to a whole new level, transforming this ancient Chinese folk art into a social and personal statement. Born in Hong Kong where she earned her BA in fine arts, Bovey Lee moved to United States continuing her studies in painting (University of California at Berkeley) and digital arts (Pratt Institute in New York).

Bovey Lee - Office TornadoBovey Lee - Office Tornado

The art of an engineering mind

Polish artist Szymon (Simon) Klimek has found a unique way to combine art, model engineering and jewelry design. His handmade brass miniatures include a fully functional solar powered engine, early 20th century cars, steam locomotives but also fantasy coaches and wrapped gift boxes adorned with little metal flowers and sparkling crystals.

Szymon Klimek miniature brass modelsSzymon Klimek's miniature brass models

Alexandra's exquisite dolls

Beautiful handmade porcelain art dolls with stunning, expressive features and splendid hand sewn clothes and accessories show the high workmanship of Moscow-based artist Alexandra Koukinova. A graduate of Chekhov Art Theatre's school-studio and a member of the Russian Union of Artists she started her own namesake company in 1989.

Alexandra doll - NellieAlexandra doll - Nellie

Organic art cut out of paper

Japanese born artist Kako Ueda chose the versatile and fragile paper as her expressing medium because of its rich history in Japanese culture as well as for the meticulous process of cutting paper to make images and its fascinating result. The paper cut-out piece has the aspect of an illustration but also its own physicality, “a 2 and a half dimensional medium, so to speak”.

Speak Flower black paper cut-outSpeak Flower by Kako Ueda

Black Eyed Suzie victorian dolls

"Willow wander hither and thither, through wide meadows and verdant valleys, over babbling brooks and sibilant streams. So slim, she bends with the breeze, whispers the wind-song, wonders where her love has gone..." How can you not fall in love with the bizarre, melancholic art dolls of Sarah Faber, each blessed with their own dark but witty story?

Black Eyed Suzie print Sweet Willow

Jacob Albee's precious meteorites

Jeweler Jacob Albee's Heaven and Earth jewelry collection was presented during the 2008 CraftBoston fair/exhibition  holiday edition (November 14-16, 2008). Each piece from the Heaven and Earth collection is presented as a unique, hand-made design mixing yellow gold and diamonds (and other gemstones) with meteorite iron. As the artists himself says, these are jewels that the wearers will not want to put down.

Yin Yang Pendant: Yin Yang Pendant