At the recent Faery Fayre in Glastonbury, there was one stall in particular which drew the admiration of the crowd. Fuego Fatuo, a splendid collection of fantasy sculpture and OOAK art dolls, is the work of Álvaro Heranz. Having made the trip from his native Spain, Alvaro’s brought with him moth faeries with exquisitely painted wings, baby brownies, dryads and faeries and some absolutely fantastic stray sods. I had to keep going back to the stall to peer some more to take all the details in.
Álvaro’s work is also available to buy from Etsy, and he has blogs in both Spanish and English so you can keep up to date with new works.
American artist Forest Rogers has been sculpting her Forest Beings for many years now, and has absolutely mastered her art. Inspired by Golden Age illustration, the Pre-Raphaelites, and Medieval and Renaissance art, Forest’s work has a magical timeless quality to it. Her art dolls are absolutely breathtaking, with faeries, fauns and other mythical beings being portrayed in exquisite, delicate detail.
Perusing Forest’s blog you will also find many tips and tricks for the aspiring doll artist and other interesting offerings like paper dolls and odd tales.
Wonderfully whimsical, the creations found at Ärbrölds – sculpted imps, faeries, gnomes, fungi and vegetables, are full of character. They offer not just figurines, but candlesticks, clocks, plant pots and lamps to brighten up your home. The creators are French couple Jean-Louis and Joceyln who sell their wares on the web but also have a delightful looking shop in the hamlet of Montchalin in Courtenay. They also take Ärbrölds on the road to various fantasy and Medieval festivals around France.Filed under Sculpture | Comment (0)
British artist Rachel Oakes combines a love of enchantment and faeries in her multi-media work. Costume designs, paintings and sculpture capture an elegant otherworld of faery queens and witches. She is available for commissions should you wish to have your own one of a kind faerie art doll realised.Filed under Sculpture | Comment (0)
The inhabitants of Samantha Bryan’s Fairlyland prefer all modern conveniences, particularly in the field of aviation. Intriguing contraptions designed to take the strain from a fairy’s wings, or augment their natural flight are the cunning inventions of ‘Brain’s', such as the Long Distance Traveller shown here. Safety and comfort are well catered for with flying goggles, helmets and bottom warming garments for high altitude flights.
Artist Samantha Bryan creates her quirky and clever fairy contraptions from her studio in West Yorkshire. Her work is frequently exhibited, and Samantha her also been commissioned to produce public sculptures for hospitals and schools.
Experience the enchantment of a Fairy’s dream home in Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle. This elaborate miniature house was created by silent film star Colleen Moore in the 1930s, and was donated to the Museum of Science and Industry in 1949.
It will delight you with its tiny treasures—including murals and paintings painted by Walt Disney himself; chandeliers adorned with real diamonds, emeralds and pearls; the tiniest bible ever to be written, dating back to 1840; and ancient statues more than 2,000 years old.
If you are unable to visit Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry yourself, you can take a tour online though the spectacular rooms, or read the excellent ‘Within the Fairy Castle’.
In the words of Alex CF himself, “I am the curator and custodian of the Merrylin Cryptid collection. The study and documentation of the evolution and biology of unclassified species and research pertaining to prehistoric human and non human civilization.” The curious collection includes Winged Homomimus or faeries, a tiny carnivorous race who although appear humanoid in many respects, are more akin to the insect world. Specimens of these and many other creatures are occasionally sold to further the organization’s research.Filed under Sculpture | Comment (0)
German doll artist Silke Janas-Schloesser has been creating her amazing characters since 1992. Her work has since appeared in numerous exhibitions and gathered several awards. Collectors can buy original faerie, trolls. little folk and more but Silke also designs for companies who produce manufactured limited edition dolls, like the Whispering Willow Fairies. Silke’s work is inspired by Northern European folklore, with many of the trolls and little folk especially wearing traditional costume and looking like they’ve just stepped out from the pages of a fairytale.Filed under Sculpture | Comment (0)
American artist and authoress Jennifer Carson sews charming fantasy creatures, not just Dragons but Faerie creatures too – including these cute Goblin babies. You can buy ready made dolls, or if you are feeling crafty Jennifer also offers patterns and hand-dyed materials to make your own. She has also recently turned to writing, with two lovely tales for children published so far, To Find A Wonder and Hapenny Magic.Filed under Books & Magazines, Crafts, Sculpture | Comment (0)
The delightful creations of Faerie house builder Borrage the Elf are made using wood from windfall trees and managed forestry thinnings. The houses are hand made in the Forest of Dean and brought to life with fancy doors, windows and lovely little chimney pots. Each house is one-of-a-kind, but Borrage is happy to recreate a particular house for you too.Filed under Sculpture | Comment (0)