Children of the Piper

‘Children of the Piper’ are a new collection of art dolls that I have created specifically for an exhibition at the Old Jaffa Museum of Antiquities, in Tel Aviv, Israel, which begins in March 2014. They are being exhibited alongside my Little Red Riding Hood, Alicia and Evangeline…(pictures and stories of those little people can be found in my art doll section)…exciting!!!!!

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the Children of the Piper art dolls = UPDATE = they all SOLD at the exhibition – but I am about to start work on more …..stay tuned x

 

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Having spent a large amount of time in Germany as a child…I became fascinated by all things brothers Grimm , the child snatcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Pied Piper of Hamelin     …

the Children of the Piper are the children that the Piper  led away…

They were all individually made,  by me – by hand—using clay, wire, paint, wood and various vintage and new textiles, and textile techniques. No moulds were used in their creation and none made of the originals afterwards—making them all completely one of a kind and unique individuals … much like us larger people.

Little People with large personalities.

Each character has their own story….

Each comes with a signed certificate of authentication and their own one of a kind book, which contains their story, photos and a few pictures of how they were made.

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Augustus is 8 inches tall, and is clutching  his narwhal toy – which has a stuffed textile body and a  painted head with a viscous looking clay and wire painted horn – and a wood / wire and leather catapult hidden behind his back (which is equally viscous)…he has perfected the look of innocence that fools people every time! His sailor suit is cotton,his stockings are jersey fabric, and his boots are leather.

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Jasper is 9.5 inches tall in his hat, and 8 inches tall without… he is pulling his favourite toy – a seal/walrus/ hippo hybrid (front is a seal/walrus…. / back is a hippo) which is balancing on a metal ball (bead), on a wooden base, with metal and plastic wheels … his hat comes off, and, like  his pied outfit, is made from both new and vintage cotton with bead and lace trims. It is lined in stripy jersey fabric that matches one of his stockings… the other is lace. His boots are leather and his ruff is a mix of modern and vintage lace.

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Grace is 8 inches tall. She  is holding a flower / windmill, which spins in the wind,  and her favourite doll…the flower is made from metal and plastic, painted in enamel ans acrylic paint and varnished…her doll is a little mini replica of Grace with  a painted clay head with wool hair, and a stuffed textile body with leather feet, jersey fabric legs, and a mix of cotton and netting for her dress,,,like Grace she has a little ribbon in her hair. Grace too has jersey tights, little leather boots, lace socks and knickers, and her sailor suit dress is a mix of new and vintage cotton with vintage lace and ribbon trims…her boots are also leather.

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5 lucien (2)

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Lucien is 9 inches tall… his crow…Cuthbert Rupert Olivier Wallace…is made from felt and wire, with bead eyes and a fine leather beak. He has a black lace ruff and a small ribbon bow which is made from the small bow tie that Lucien is wearing in some of the photos, and which Cuthbert required too look more dapper, and  to match his friend…Lucien had to give it to him and now wears a much larger bow tie…. as seen in the picture of them together… Lucien’s shirt is made from new and vintage recycled lace and cotton, his breeches are mock velvet( but don’t tell him!) with bead details, and his stockings are cotton, his boots – leather…and very dapper they both look too!

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Maude is 9 inches tall and is clutching / half strangling her favourite doll…which has a painted clay skeleton head, a stuffed fabric body, with striped jersey stockings, leather feet and is wearing a long white dress made from a vintage cotton baby’s nightdress. Maude is wearing a vintage fabric striped cotton dress with a matching bow at thee back and bead details. She has little leather shoes, cotton bloomers and tie dyed cotton stockings which match the pair of large bows in her hair.

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5 hannah (2)

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Hannah is 8 inches tall, and  wearing a cream night dress made from cotton and vintage voile, lace and ribbon, with white bloomers and striped cotton tights. Her boots are a mix of different coloured leather. She has a permanent tear running down her cheek, and is dragging her teddy with her…which is hand knitted with bead eyes and leather feet, and a little striped cotton ruff.  She has a painted metal bird skull in her hair, and a metal, leather, wire and thread calliper on her leg…which slowed her down and made her fall behind the others in the procession…

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All the children of the Piper were made from clay on top of a wire framework, with wire and fabric arms and clay heads…the legs are jointed at the hips so that they can be seated. The bodies and heads were painted in acrylic and sealed with varnish for protection, before the wool hair was attached. Throughout the whole process I have to relinquish all control over  to them…they become who they intend to be – not who I intend them to be – all I can do is hold the tools and materials and allow them to emerge…it still surprises me how different and  individual they look – despite the same tools, equipment and techniques…and how little control I have over that – or over their personalities and motivations…they inform me as to what and how they will look –  in very loud voices sometimes!

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Evangeline, Alicia and Little Red are also being exhibited in Tel Aviv with the Children of the Piper.

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