Art dolls

All of my art dolls are completely handmade and “One of a Kind, depicting the characters I have met, seen, dreamt of or imagined – little people with large personalities. Each figure is individually crafted and entirely made by hand – using clay or fabric over a wire or wood armature, -some have bead and string moveable joints,- and various textiles and textile techniques to create the clothing. I use a mix of new, vintage and re-purposed fabrics and trims and the costumes  are finished with hand stitching. Their heads are always made with clay and their faces are hand painted in artists acrylics and finished with matt varnish for protection. No moulds were used in their creation and none made of the originals afterwards – making them all one of a kind and unique individuals… much like us larger people.

Each doll comes with a Certificate of Authenticity (COA)

These art dolls are not intended for children as they are fragile and use many small parts and wire.

Little red riding hood – SOLD

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Most people know the name little red riding hood, and most of them know at least one version of her story… she is the young innocent girl walking through the woods on her way to deliver a basket of food to her sickly grandmother… with orders from her mother to stay strictly on the path… who is secretly stalked by the hungry big bad wolf, and so on…

Fairy tales, legends and myths are often based on true events, passed down the generations in story form, by spoken or written word … to remind, warn or teach, as well as to entertain. Most end on a positive note: good conquers evil, the prince rescues the damsel in distress, a woodcutter frees red riding hood and her granny by cutting open the wolf, a kiss becomes life changing, a lesson is learnt…. and they all live happily ever after… or a shocking twist becomes a lesson in keeping to the right path or listening to the older and wiser… but rarely are we told whether ‘happily ever after’ really is ever after, or whether the lessons learnt are stuck to …

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… Not many people know what happened to little red after her encounter with the wolf. Her story has been changed considerably in its history and subject to numerous modern adaptations…all trying to get to the bottom of her legend, to uncover the truth…some say that red riding hood is a werewolf hunter, or goes on to become one, others say she is the werewolf, or that the girl and her grandmother go on a revenge spree trapping and killing wolves, anticipating their moves based on their experience with this first one.

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What we do know is that red is commonly associated with danger, sacrifice, passion, fire, anger, rubies and blood. In nature the colour red stands out … it screams ‘poison – danger’, and the creatures with red colouring wear it to warn would be predators just not to bother… or by those cunning enough to pretend that eating them would be dangerous…as a  defence.  Red is at the end of the visible spectrum, after orange… it attracts attention, although – interestingly – it is less visible at twilight, when green is the most visible colour. So with all this in mind, perhaps a red riding hood is the perfect choice of colour for a creature that plays both decoy and assassin, attracting the attention of predators, and then felling them. In the case of little red riding hood predators include… frogs that try to deceive young girls into giving them kisses, dim witted princes on the lookout for distressed damsels, gingerbread men that look tasty but lead you into waiting traps, witches, evil stepmothers after your inheritance, hungry big bad wolves, werewolves, vampires…including and especially the cute ones, and people offering rosy red apples or other sweet tasting temptations…in fact she has a whole book full of the predators she has destroyed –  the book is obviously well disguised as an innocuous ginger bread biscuit…and she herself wears a mask now like all good super heroes… to protect those she loves, and as for that trademark red cape…it  attracts attention – from predators wise to her game and willing to try their chances at destroying her, as well as those predators who simply notice her and are attracted like moths to a flame; it also hides her in the twilight hours when she hunts the hunters in the forests, and also serves as an explanation… if she is seen applying actual bodily harm to those she hunts.

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If you ever see a flash of red whilst in the forest, move on quickly, and let her do her work, and perhaps think again and choose wisely next time you are tempted to leave the path.

Little red riding hood is a One-of-A-kind art doll by Sam Crow. She was individually crafted and entirely made by hand.

red blogred blog3 Her head was sculptured from clay and painted with acrylic paint before being sealed with a matt varnish for protection. Her hair is made with a mix of wools and her body was created using clay over a wire or wood armature, with bead and string moveable joints. All her clothes are also hand-made using various textiles and textile techniques, and both new and vintage fabrics.

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red blog5 Her basket was knitted with wire and wool, and her ginger heart book in which she lists her next victims- for this is no push over little red – was hand made from wire, paper, clay, and thread and vegan leather.

red blog2     Little red’s knife was made from wire, textiles and a bead – but is still deadly in her hands!

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red blog6 No moulds were used in her creation and none made of the original afterwards – making Little Red Riding Hood a one of a kind and unique individual – with an attitude… She comes to you with a signed Photo Certificate of Authenticity and a stand, and her attitude – all packaged within a sturdy white box- she is sitting on box in picture!

These art dolls are not intended for children as they are fragile and use many small parts and wire

Alicia and her butterfly – SOLD

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If you are young and naïve and exist in a fairy-tale story, rule number one is always = never stray from the path.

Little Red Riding hood strayed off the path, after a hungry wolf persuaded her to collect flowers for her grandmother. Alice fell down a rabbit hole into Wonderland after chasing a rabbit – definitely off the path. Both were warned and taught the rule, and both will tell you how  easy it is to get distracted and forget, but sometimes even remembering the rule and refusing to get distracted can’t help you… Hansel and Gretel worked hard at living by the rules, especially when a step mother appeared on the scene…they knew their fairy tales….  Even when it was their own father leading them off the path deeper into the forest they were wise enough to leave a trail to find their way out…unfortunately, just not wise enough to choose something inedible or non- perishable.

Alicia loved books. Like Hansel and Gretel,  she knew her fairy tales inside out. She could quote all the rules and pitfalls. She knew that the characters in them should stay away from wolves, old ladies offering sweets or ripe fruit, frogs demanding kisses and men in tights with feathers in their hats. She always sighed and shook her head when one of the naïve girls went into a forest alone, or were tempted to open an odd shaped door or climb up a tall tower.  She practically screamed in frustration when they handled sharp sewing implements…

The trouble was that Alicia did not believe that fairy tales were real. Perhaps, if she had believed, she would have realised that she existed inside a fairy tale herself. Perhaps, armed with this knowledge, she would have applied the rules to her own life…perhaps then she may not have been distracted by the beautiful butterfly that fluttered down towards her through the trees…

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but like all naïve young girls from fairy tales,  even if she had believed  and known the truth, Alicia would probably still have tended to ignore the rules…and  as both Alice and Alicia often  say in their defence….who would ever suspect a rabbit or a beautiful, delicate little butterfly anyway?

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Alicia chases the butterfly every time it flutters down towards her, perhaps one day you can follow her and let me know exactly where it is she goes – but only if you are completely sure you are visiting her story and she is not visiting yours. Rule number one….

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Alicia is a One-of-A-kind art doll by Sam Crow. Both Alicia and her butterfly were individually crafted and entirely made by hand.

Her head was sculptured from clay and painted with acrylic paint before being sealed with a matt varnish for protection.

Her hair is made with a mix of wools and her body was created using clay over a wire or wood armature, with bead and string moveable joints. All her clothes are also hand-made using various textiles and textile techniques,

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and her butterfly is wire covered in fabric and beads.

No moulds were used in her creation and none made of the original afterwards – making Alicia and her butterfly a one of a kind and unique individual… much like us larger people.

She comes to you with a signed Photo Certificate of Authenticity, her story book and a stand.

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These art dolls are not intended for children as they are fragile and use many small parts and wire.

Evangeline the dancer- SOLD

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Evangeline is a conduit, an instrument, a being whose existence is dedicated to music – more explicitly to freeing the emotions she feels are trapped within music… and because the music enters her and claims her body as its instrument… she dances to free the emotions trapped within her own body. A single beat moves her… It enters her blood, it becomes part of her, it is the first beat of her pulse, her awakening…when a rhythm begins, it surges through her… it writhes and twists, taking complete hold of her being and demanding to be expressed, freed…when the music begins so does Evangeline…

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The world melts away ….… leaving her alone, in a new world created entirely by music and her imagination, leaving her lost inside their combined emotions, right where the magic happensIn this magical world she can experience the euphoric feeling of weightlessness that makes it seem like she can fly, jump, turn and do things no one else can…. she can enter a million universes, she is no longer ordinary. She belongs entirely… she is creator, she is instrument, she is creation. Nothing else matters –   there is no past, no future, only the moment and, finally, everything makes sense.

She feels unstoppable, invincible……

until the music stops, leaving her alone,  emptied, drained, void , turned inside out, and she craves more…she needs more…  and  the more she dances the more she wants to dance… the more she needs to dance. Evangeline dances because she has to. Evangeline dances because she can’t not.

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Evangeline is a dancer.

Evangeline is a One-of-A-kind art doll by Sam Crow.

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She was individually crafted and entirely made by hand.  Her head was sculptured from clay and painted with acrylic paint before being sealed with a matt varnish for protection. Her hair is made with a mix of wools and her body was created using clay over a wire or wood armature, with bead and string moveable joints.

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All her clothes are also hand-made using various textiles and textile techniques, including her long knitted leg warmers.

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No moulds were used in her creation and none made of the original afterwards – making Evangeline a one of a kind and unique individual… much like us larger people.

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She comes to you with a signed Photo Certificate of Authenticity, her story in a book and a stand.

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These art dolls are not intended for children as they are fragile and use many small parts and wire.

Alice and her rabbit  -sold

alice card copyalice blog Alice is a One-of-A-kind art doll by Sam Crow. Both Alice and her rabbit were individually crafted and entirely made by hand.  Her head was sculptured from clay and painted with acrylic paint before being sealed with a matt varnish for protection. Her hair is made with a mix of wools and her body was created using clay over a wire or wood armature, with bead and string moveable joints. All her clothes are also hand-made using various textiles and textile techniques and recycled or vintage fabrics. Her eat me biscuit is clay, painted with acrylic paint.

alice blog1 Alice’s rabbit also has a clay head and paws, bead eyes, and a crochet and knitted body

alice blog3 alice blog4No moulds were used in their creation and none made of the originals afterwards – making Alice and her rabbit a one of a kind and unique individual… much like us larger people

alice blog5She comes to you with a signed Photo Certificate of Authenticity.

These art dolls are not intended for children as they are fragile and use many small parts and wire.

Antoinette andher birds – SOLD

antoinette blog1  As a child with long flowing hair,  and a whimsical nature that pulled her away from mundane every day chores, Antoinette often found herself chased by brush wielding grown ups who threatened to detangle her locks.  When they could not manage to catch the girl, she was warned in exasperated tones –‘brush your hair or you’ll find creatures nestle there’! So when she began to wind her hair around her head to keep it safely away from brushes and scissors, she was not at all shocked to discover that small birds chose to nestle there. Now grown, she is still rather dreamy and hates mundane chores, and loves the birds that protect her hair when they return to nestle once a year.

antoinette blog 3  Antoinette is a One-of-A-kind art doll by Sam Crow. She was individually crafted and entirely made by hand.  Her head was sculptured from clay and painted with acrylic paint before being sealed with a matt varnish for protection. Her hair is made with a mix of wools and her body was created using clay over a wire or wood armature, with bead and string moveable joints. All her clothes are also hand-made using various textiles and textile techniques, and a mix of both new and vintage fabrics.

bird girl box copy  the birds that adorn her bird’s nest hair and sitting on her wrist are clay, painted with acrylic paint, and wire.

antoinette blog No moulds were used in her creation and none made of the original afterwards – making Antoinette and her birds a one of a kind and unique individual… much like us larger people.

She comes to you with a signedPhoto Certificate of Authenticity and a stand – all packaged within a sturdy cardboard box – she is sitting on it in photo!

These art dolls are not intended for children as they are fragile and use many small parts and wire.

Laurence Byron Xavier Jones and his crow –  SOLD

boy card2 copy  Laurence Byron Xavier Jones can be found staring wistfully at the sky or writing heart wrenching poetry in mole skin books – always accompanied by the crow who adopted him (Laurence calls him his guardian angel) by day or playing the bass in a hard core heavy metal / punk band – often stage diving into the crowds and starting wild mosh pits – by night. Everyone loves Laurence – he’s just a very well balanced young man.

laurence blog Laurence Byron Xavier Jones is a One-of-A-kind art doll by Sam Crow. Both Laurence and his crow were individually crafted and entirely made by hand.  His head was sculptured from clay and painted with acrylic paint before being sealed with a matt varnish for protection. His hair is made with a mix of wools and his body was created using clay over a wire or wood armature, with bead and string moveable joints.

laurence blog3  All his clothes are also hand-made using various textiles and textile techniques, and both new and vintage fabrics

.laurence blog4laurence blog1laurence blog2boy box copy His crow was made from felt and wire and has bead eyes.boy cert copyNo moulds were used in his creation and none made of the original afterwards – making Laurence a one of a kind and unique individual… much like us larger people. He comes to you with a signedPhoto Certificate of Authenticity, a stand- all packaged within a sturdy cardboard box – he is sitting on it in the photo!

These art dolls are not intended for children as they are fragile and use many small parts and wire.

Tilda and her hand puppets  -sold

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Tilda and her hand puppets is a One-of-A-kind art doll by Sam Crow. Both Tilda and her big bear coat were individually crafted and entirely made by hand.

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Her head was sculptured from clay and painted with acrylic paint before being sealed with a matt varnish for protection. Her hair is made with a mix of wools and her body was created using clay over a wire or wood armature, with bead and string moveable joints.

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All her clothes are also hand-made using various textiles and textile techniques,

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and her fox and owl puppets were made from felt with bead details.

No moulds were used in her creation and none made of the original afterwards – making Tilda a one of a kind and unique individual… much like us larger people.

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She comes to you with a signed Photo Certificate of Authenticity and a stand – all packaged in a sturdy box which she can be seen sitting on in the above picture.

These art dolls are not intended for children as they are fragile and use many small parts and wire.

Madeleine and her fragile heart – sold

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Madeleine and her fragile heart is a One-of-A-kind art doll by Sam Crow.

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Both Madeleine and her heart were individually crafted and entirely made by hand.  Her head was sculptured from clay and painted with acrylic paint before being sealed with a matt varnish for protection.

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Her hair is made with a mix of wools and her body was created using clay over a wire or wood armature, with bead and string moveable joints. All her clothes are also hand-made using various textiles and textile techniques, and her dress has words embroidered onto the fabric.

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Madeleine’s fragile heart is wire with a blue bead in the centre. -Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.-She also has a garter belt around the top of one thigh – hidden below her skirts.

No moulds were used in her creation and none made of the original afterwards – making Madeleine and her fragile heart a one of a kind and unique individual… much like us larger people.

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She comes to you with a signed Photo Certificate of Authenticity and a stand, all packaged within a sturdy box – on which she is sitting in th above picture.

These art dolls are not intended for children as they are fragile and use many small parts and wire.

Poppy and her mask – Sold

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Poppy is a One-of-A-kind art doll by Sam Crow.

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Both Poppy and her mask were individually crafted and entirely made by hand.  Her head was sculptured from clay and painted with acrylic paint before being sealed with a matt varnish for protection. Her hair is made with a mix of wools and her body was created using clay over a wire or wood armature, with bead and string moveable joints.

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All her clothes are also hand-made using various textiles and textile techniques,

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and her mask is clay, painted with acrylic paint. No moulds were used in her creation and none made of the original afterwards – making Poppy a one of a kind and unique individual… much like us larger people.

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Poppy – also known as her royal highestness Princess Phoebe Mont Mighty Pinnacle, the First of the mountainous Island of Zenith – hates the attention that comes with being the only child of the Mont Mighty Pinnacle family and sole heir to that royal dynasty.  She finds the daily rituals of Upgazing and Summit Reflection – with her and her parents as the objects of focus – acutely embarrassing and awkward. Poppy much prefers to go unnoticed, to throw off the claustrophobic royal observances, and run free. Unfortunately, living in the highest tower on the highest peak, whilst having the most wonderful views both upwards at the skies and downwards at the vistas, limits the amount of exploration and adventuring space available to run around in. In fact, running around and adventuring as a pastime for princesses in Zenith is much frowned upon. A Princess must remain aloof and unreachable at all times; anything that lowers her to the levels of the civilians – including leaving the high towers and venturing Below – is strictly off limits!

Obviously, the views proved too much of a temptation to the wildness in Poppy’s  soul, and she discovered a way to escape the towers and reach the openness of Below: to space, to grass, to trees, to life, to freedom, to endlessness and possibilities that branched in millions of different directions rather than a single strict unwavering straight line. The only problem was that being the face that is daily Upgazed upon, Poppy was instantly recognised and returned by concerned citizens to the castle guards, who all presumed someone must have tried to abduct her…a Princess would never venture Below….

So now she travels prepared and equipped, wearing an outfit more suited to the cold and clambering up and down mountains… and a mask crafted to represent the wild and wonderfully free animal she discovered on her first trip Below… She has not been caught since. So if you see her, looking as she always does enamoured and in awe, and often slightly dazed by it all – let her be.

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She comes to you with a signed Photo Certificate of Authenticity and a stand, all packaged within a sturdy box.

These art dolls are not intended for children as they are fragile and use many small parts and wire.

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