Papier-maché

Why do I use paper mache technique for my dolls?

Paper mache is a great art technique. From kindergarden we experience the art of sculpting with two main medium : paper and glue.

As an adult, why not go back to this simplicity and embrace an art so often seen as a childish hobby?

Paper mache comes with a large choice of modeling options : from simple newspapers pages to paper mache clay, this technique allows to create small or large scultures.

Nowadays where recycling is part of our daily lives, paper mache is also a very modern way to create. By using simple materials such as newspapers and home-made glue, the creations become a statement to the art of upcycling.

With paper mache, simplicity is an art.

 

What are the Kokeshi Dolls?

The Kokeshi dolls are traditional Japanese dolls. Created during the 19th century, they are traditionnally sculpt in wood.

Paint by hand and varnish, they became famous toys for children or gift to offer to show love.

The characteristic of the Kokeshi doll is the simplicity of her structure. Two pieces constitute the head and the body. No arms, no legs, the Kokeshi is a static doll who reminds us the spirit of zen.

Their facial expressions are very simple. Black dots or lines for the eyes, nose and mouth. On the contrary, their bodies are often decorate with great details : flowers, traditional Japanese motifs, etc.

But behind their cute aspect, the story of the Kokeshi as a dark aspect. During anger times, it was not uncommon that babies were killed to prevent them from starving. When a child died, a Kokeshi was made as a reminder for the rest of the community.

The simplicity of the Kokeshi figures and the richeness of their decorative details made them unique representation of emotions and very symbolic dolls.

 

My Doll collections :

“Kokeshi of the world”

Asako, Victoire and Harsha

 

Japan is well known for his love of wood and paper techniques.

By using the paper-mache technique, I wanted to mix the simplicity of the paper with the complexity of a sculpture.
The simplicity of these Kokeshi facial expression is also in contrast with the proliferation of details in their look.
With this collection, the spirit of zen, peacefulness and strength come together to celebrate the cultural differences.

 

“Not so creepy dolls”

Nosferatu (1922)

 

With this collection, the classics of horror have a new face : a «Not so creepy face»!

Inspired by the creepy-cute style, these characters symbolize the dichotomy of the simplicity of paper and the complexity of human behaviour.

It’s also a tribute to famous characters who inspired to generations a lot of emotions…. mainly fear!

If you dream to turn the beast into beauty, this collection is for you.

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