Selection of items and master classes tagged #art-doll
Puppet composition "The Miracle Worker"
After a serious illness, Helen Keller became blind and deaf. The girl gradually became wild and capricious. Her parents did not know how to raise such a child and wrote to the Perkins School for the Blind. From there, they sent Anne Sullivan. The governess taught Helen the hand alphabet – writing with her fingers on her palm. The girl quickly learned the signs, but did not understand their meaning. But Anne persisted.
Illumination came to Helen suddenly, at the water pump. The girl understood that the word "water" is a cool substance flowing down her hand, she understood the connection between the tangible world and the symbols in her palm. Thanks to Anne, Helen learned to communicate, read, write and even speak. She became the first deaf-blind person in history to graduate from school, and then become a writer, public figure and teacher.
In 2009, a sculpture of Helen Keller (by Edward Hlavka) was unveiled at the US Capitol. But I believe that both women deserve attention and that they are almost one whole. Anne accompanied the pupil all her life. And Helen by her example gave hope of an accessible environment for all people with disabilities. She dedicated a book to her teacher, based on which the play "The Miracle Worker" was written. I did not strive for portrait resemblance, I wanted to convey their spiritual closeness.
The prize-winner of the oldest international competition Hannie Sarris Award (Dabida 2020).
Doll “Bird of Paradise”
The graceful arms-wings of the young dancer raised, froze for a second to continue its magical dance. Like a bird of paradise, the girl captivates the audience with amazing grace. Purity and passion intertwined in this gentle image, as if descended from the paintings of great artists.
A mysterious smile illuminates her face, emphasizing the depth of the almond-shaped eyes. Thin fingers, immersed in the feathers of a headdress. A pile of hair flows over the shoulders, descending to a thin waist. How many secrets are hidden behind this translucent mask enveloping the flawless oval of the face.
The doll is handmade of porcelain. The costume used antique fabrics, feathers, lace, silver jewelry.
“Lady de Luna” doll
The mask faltered, moved to the side, for a moment opened the noble profile of the lady. A light smile illuminates her face, her eyes are mesmerizing, inspire hope. Who is she, a mysterious stranger hiding behind a mask. What she seeks at the carnival, where all life is a theater, changeable and unstable, without prohibitions and barriers.
Subtle features, chiseled profile, impeccable figure, almond-shaped eyes, tenderness in every detail. She bowed her head, thinking about something, but only for a few seconds. Now the mask will return to its place and the carnival whirlwind will carry it away.
The doll is handmade of classical material — porcelain. The mask is papier-mâché. Suit made of antique fabrics with hand embroidery.
The description is not in the author's (workshop's) base language.
"Santa Lucia" doll
Romantic, tender girl personifies Venice – carnival, bright, filled with riddles and secrets hidden under the shadow of fans and masks. Admiring the doll, we are involuntarily transported to Italy in the second half of the 18th century. Rococo style dress very accurately conveys the era, made in delicate, pastel colors, decorated with many small details: lace, embroidery, a characteristic pattern.
Santa Lucia is so good that we want to look at her without taking our eyes off. Everything is perfect: a thin noble profile, coral lips, a delicate blush, huge brown eyes, emphasized by the lines of snow-white pearls. Ah, these magical girlish dreams, they are fascinating, and give the look magical power.
A doll is handmade of classical material – porcelain. The costume used batik – painting on fabric with the image of the canals of Venice. The dress is covered with hand embroidery and lace. The doll is mounted on a stand.