Dragging Dolls

International Doll Salon in Moscow

The happiest people are those who live for the moment, like children dragging their dolls around with them, dressing and undressing them, and, when they get what they want, stuff their cheeks, swallow, and cry “More!”

Goethe’s Werther

Moscow hosted the annual XI International Doll Salon, the main theme of which was famous fairy tales from all around the World. In honor of the 150th anniversary of the famous book Alice in Wonderland, organizer Svetlana Pchelnikova decided to turn a part of the exhibition area on the grounds of this story.

Spring Ball 2016 Photos by Kristina Shabliy

“It’s strange,” she says, “but dolls saved me. I started making them after a car accident. After it, during six months, I was in the Institute of neurosurgery and my mother brought me a doll making tutorial book, simple supplies like modeling clay and scissors. My left arm was disabled and I had to develop constantly my motor skills. That’s how dolls brought me back to life”.

That of Svetlana is just one example of how the charm of these creatures can be very addictive, sometimes you have the distinct feeling of being in front of real life forms, as in the case of Michail Zaykov who uses polymer clay, hand-painted, as well as the necessary accessories directly acquired in Germany and France, to give a soul to his works. Looking at those heads in his hands, can really give you goose bumps.

Michail Zaykrov at work

Michail Zaykov's heads

In another part of the exhibition, professionals and amateur enthusiasts of the International Author Doll Association presented their vision of the favorite fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen, Charles Perrault, and others. Many authors have donated their dolls to the “Artist” fund for sale at a charity auction.

For the third year the Salon organizes the Spring Ball of art dolls. By its tradition, it is held during the spring holiday of International Women’s Day. It’s the meeting place of artists and fans of this type of art from all around the world. More than 100 participants over an area of 1,500 square meters.

Art Doll 2015 & Spring Ball 2016 Photos by Kristina Shabliy

Kristina Shabliy is a photographer — the greatest part of the photos here are hers — and creates teddy bears which are like dolls to her: “I made my first doll, and since then I am inspired by this exhibition and its dolls made in mixed techniques, wood, plastic, papier-mâché, etc. In my photos, I always try to record the faces of the dolls, in their author’s soul”.

People often ask me about my sorrow. I always answer that the doll is like a child, she is growing up and will become a bride. There’s a time where you have to let her go…

Svetlana Pchelnikova

Spring Ball 2016
International Doll Salon
from March 5 to 8

Art Doll 2015 by Kristina Shabliy (2)

2 Commenti su Dragging Dolls

  1. Amazing- I don’t know what else to say


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