Shirrstone Shelter creates delicately-featured dolls with deep inner lives.
Often, limbs are replaced with braided-wool tentacles. Some are snake-like, coming to a point instead of fingers and toes. They suggest a magical world existing aside our own.
The dolls are created by Olga and Nikolay, from St. Petersburg, Russia.
Through trial and error, they developed a formula of liquid epoxy, powder, and pigment with which to build their dolls. Visually, the medium resembles porcelain, though it is stronger, and has a more substantial feel.
Layers of leather are added to joints, to help the doll keep poses.
“The world is full of half tones, and we are trying to catch them…”