Anna Abigail Brahms came to dollmaking from puppet theater, so it’s no surprise that her portfolio stil includes some puppets. Her dreamy sculpts are reminiscent of Renaissance paintings; they are true examples of dolls as fine art. Her work is exhibited in galleries all over Europe, including Brigitte Hess Gallery, and has also been displayed in Christmas shop windows at Tiffany and Saks Fifth Avenue.
This week’s links were brought to my attention by Pepper Hume and others on the Dollmakers List. For more information about marionettes and puppets, including organizations near you, visit the Puppetry Home Page.
Uwe Sorensen makes only 35 or so puppets a year in his studio in Hamburg, Germany — but then, it takes time to develop so much personality! These puppets have complicated, realistic costumes, and their faces just make me laugh. Sorensen’s sculpting style reminds me of the traditional cartoons you see in the New Yorker or other magazines. Visit his site and see for yourself.
I found these guys on the Web years ago and really enjoyed their lively window characters. I bookmarked the site and didn’t think much more about it. Well, imagine my surprise last week when I visited the Brookside Art Annual here in Kansas City and found the Buonaiutos exhibiting there. I’m glad I still had the bookmark.
Shelley and Michael Buonaiuto work in stoneware and porcelain, as well as earthenware and bronze. I suppose you could argue that their work doesn’t qualify as “doll,” but I take a pretty broad view of the category myself. At any rate, my purpose here is to inspire, and I definitely think their work fits the bill.