Dolls

Alba

Dolls were known for 30 thousand years. However, before they made their way into children’s hands as toys, they served magical and ritual purposes for adults. They were objects of cult, amulets, fetishes, tools that served to accomplish specific goals. They protected, healed and cared about their owner but could also become causes of misfortunes and illnesses. Using dolls, people could connect to the spirits of their ancestors or to their gods, they participated in magical rituals to aid daily life and bring bad luck to enemies.

In my work, I refer to these original doll roots. I look for inspiration in fairy tales and legends, folk tales and amazing stories in which the fantastic world, full of invisible beings, permeates the visible world of people, animals and plants. That is why Horka Dolls dolls are not quite animals and not exactly people, though they are created in their likeness.

Svala

Horka Dolls are peculiar things with soul, surreal beings that join elements of realism and fiction and because of this evoke extreme feelings, from awe to fear. They are a kind of homunculi or golems, where in lifeless matter a seemingly human particle of life lies enchanted.

Mara

Aka

I hang a heart on the button. It is in that moment when a doll is born. Then I sit still and gaze at it for as long as it takes until it reveals its name in a whisper.

Doll Dump!

I have a bunch of doll links in the queue, so I thought I’d clear out some of them.

Medusa, by noe6

Medusa, by noe6

Fluffy Monster by Vladimir Sukhanov

Fluffy Monster by Vladimir Sukhanov

Alice W

Alice W

Twilight the Undead Fox by Alia the Ghoul

Twilight the Undead Fox by Alia the Ghoul

The Once Fallen by Blue Oxide

The Once Fallen by Blue Oxide

Acherontia Essence by Horka

Acherontia Essence by Horka

Werdiga

Spider Tina

Spider Tina

Tasha, aka Werdiga, makes adorable (well, for some of us) dolls from polymer clay, faux fur, and fabric.

Little Dragon Merton of the Dog World, in progress

Little Dragon Merton of the Dog World, in progress

Look at that face! How can you not love a face like that.

Sleepy Kitten

Sleepy Kitten

Little Kitty

Little Kitty

She doesn’t just make spiders and monsters. There are also adorable kitties and other critters.

Spider Sinchyrinchium

Spider Sinchyrinchium

Sweet Couple

Sweet Couple

And spiders. Really cool spiders.

Check out her Etsy shop to take one home.

Doll Week, Day 5

Thass’right, instead of the usual links, you get a massive doll post for doll week! We will return to our usual programming on Monday.

Kessan

Kessan

Anastasia

Anastasia

Pherentikus

Pherentikus

Strange Little Girls

Strange Little Girls

SweetSign

SweetSign

El Dodo Albino

El Dodo Albino

Nnhmn

Nnhmn

Jesse Rubin

Jesse Rubin

Snotnormal

Snotnormal

Alia the Ghoul

Alia the Ghoul

Nymla

Nymla

Mar-rie

Mar-rie

Stefanie Vega

Stefanie Vega