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Lark 500 Series
500 Handmade Dolls
Modern Explorations of the Human Form
Contemporary and unique, these handmade creations range from representational to abstract, from skillful realism to provocative surrealism—and they’re made from every conceivable material, including beads, gourds, and polymer clay. Juror Akira Blount, a pioneer in the “art doll” movement, incorporates vines, twigs, and carved wood in her fabric dolls; with their expressionless faces and closed eyes, they appear absorbed by inner worlds. Dutch artist Marlaine Verhelst’s porcelain designs seem to have sprung straight from a medieval painting. Chris Chomick’s strange and slightly scary figures feature amazing detail and elaborate costumes. Dollmakers, crafters, collectors, and anyone who loves beautiful objects will love the amazing diversity showcased here.
Akira Blount has been designing and making dolls and figures since 1969, and is one of the major figures who helped elevate the doll from trivial toy to art object. As an educator, she has promoted and encouraged experimentation and innovation in the field. She is president of the National Institute of American Doll Artists, and her work is displayed in museum collections worldwide—including the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris and the White House Collection of American Craft.