Labels like Chanel, Dior and Gucci are behind the designs of these one-of-a-kind dolls, and it’s a project all done in the name of charity. Every year artists and haute couture designers present their interpretations on a theme for the Frimousses de Createurs initiative, a fundraiser that’s held to benefit Unicef. This year the theme […]
It’s not unusual to see cartoon plush toys disguised as other characters, usually in some weird cosplay-like outfit. Hello Kitty, we’ve found, seems especially susceptible. Is it cute, borderline psychotic (‘OMG! They killed xxx’), or just confusing? You decide.
Wanting to see more female technology innovators in the world, engineers Alice Brooks and Bettina Chen designed Roominate, a dollhouse that young girls aged six and up can build from scratch and wire up with a complete circuit (battery pack, motor and switch) and connectors attached. Actually, young boys will probably have as much fun […]
Vahge (v-AH-zhe) is a Brooklyn-based collage artist who I’ve been lucky to meet recently. She makes figures stitched together from various magazine models that vaguely seem like Frankensteinian dolls living in old Victorian houses. They appear proper and full of etiquette while at the same time having a darker edge, often being made up of […]
These freakishly beautiful and realistic David Bowie Dolls are the work of New York-based author and skier E.V. Svetova. Featured on the DeviantArt site (under the name Katyok), Svetova doesn’t make the 70cm high polyurethane resin dolls themselves but customises them with paint and Yamamoto-like style. Sadly, they’re not for sale, instead they are ‘created […]
Established in 1913 by Harold Chapman Jr., the Original Doll Hospital is located in Bexley, Sydney and is now run by the third generation of the Chapman family. Well-stocked with replacement parts, the hospital staff perform miraculous repairs on toys beyond dolls, such as teddy bears and rocking horses. The hospital recently celebrated its 100th […]
Polish photographer Ilona Szwarc used to work in film with directors the likes of Jonathan Glazer and Roman Polanski. When she moved to the US (New York City is where she now lives and work in), the American Girl, both the girl and the doll, caught her eye: ‘Photographically it was a beautiful image – girls with their sculptural representations, their twins, their avatars’. She’s right.
This is one of my favourite photographs. I love to play with scale and these wrestling dolls are my favourite photographic subject. Making these inanimate dolls look as though they are feeling something is my ultimate goal and it doesn’t hurt if it’s also a beautiful image.
First butcher shops, now this. No, really, why were we not born in another era? They have the coolest toys. In 1959, America had the disaffected Marybel (also expressly termed The Doll That Gets Well), a doll that came with her very own medical supplies: crutches, bandages, casts, gauzes and adhesive tape. Plus sunnies to rock the doll-in-recovery look. We imagine the little trooper would have been quite a hit with sick kids waiting to get well.
There is a grace and mystery in Marina Bychkova’s Enchanted Dolls that is truly magical. Each is one-of-a-kind and handmade by Bychkova. These porcelain beauties are the ideal of eternal femininity. They give a sense of emotional and physical fragility, while maintaining a vision of strength and power. Her second edition book, Enchanted Dolls, is set to release this fall in limited edition.
Welcome to the world of Saul Zanolari, a world where fake identities are stripped away and the subjects are left raw and naked. Among Zanolari’s specimens are European royalty, rock stars, elite socialites and celebrities.
With so many faux-documentaries out there, you’d think that the real world wasn’t interesting anymore. But Marwencol proves otherwise. After a brutal attack left him with brain damage, Mark Hogancamp created a bizarre and wonderful 1/6-scale Barbie-sized world in his backyard that has to be seen to be believed. The film won the Grand Jury […]
Iron Man, Wonder Woman, the X-Men, Doctor Who and Frodo never looked so cute! These soft, adorable, and delightfully geeky ‘amigurumi’ (Japanese miniature knit dolls) created by Lady Lindsay make a sweet gift for the comic fan or movie buff in your world, even if that person is you. Or me — I’ll take Batman and The Joker for the win.