Sometimes my imagination gets carried away by a simple landscape or sunlight at a special time of day. Then such dolls as November Morning are born.
Dorote Zaukaite, aka Tireless Artist, creates her marvelous dolls in Kaunas, Lithuania.
I would not call them humans; I would say they are reflections of human thoughts.
It can take Dorote 1-8 months to complete a doll. She works in paper clay, and creates her costumes from scratch, often hand-dying material.
Looking for True Colors
My journey as a professional doll artist started when I saw a photo of an Asian BJD for the first time. I was amazed by the way the doll was posing, and by the sadness in her eyes.
Dirvolira is an ancient Lithuanian goddness of fields and households. We have very little information about our ancient gods, as Christianity erased them from people’s memory. I wanted to bring her back to life – a fragile forgotten goddess from a deep past.
Dorote thinks of the complete doll as a work of art, achieving “harmony between the doll and her costume.” Costuming a doll can take longer than sculpting.
Lady in Waiting
I am fragile on the outside and strong on the inside – like my characters. These proportions help me to convey that feeling.
All of her wigs are made from natural wool or mohair. The wig-making process takes about 20 hours.
I have just discovered steampunk, and I must admit I love it. Gloria is my first steampunk style doll, but I am thinking on making more of them. I just love the idea of connecting Victorian style clothing, steam machines and human figure into one art piece.
Dorote is a planner. When she has a solid idea, she sketches first, perhaps does some research, then carefully plans how to doll will look before she begins sculpting.
The whole creation process gives me a lot of joy and pleasure. I am always full of excitement and curiosity about how the doll will turn out. I see her getting more and more alive in my hands – that feeling is incredible.
Dorote has an infrequently updated blog and an slightly less neglected facebook page. The best way to see her work is on her flickr photostream.
White Coffee with Ice
Quotes lifted from Lost and Found Magazine, and BJD magazine.