Sunday, April 11, 2010

Alexander Girard

I love the expression and character in each of these dolls. There is something about the quickness of hand when capturing expression that i am really drawn to. Alongside their colour and shapes, these dolls are more alive to me then so many of the more 'life like' toys created. I really get the sense that a little spirit resides in each and every one of these.

Text borrowed from The Style Files website...

They are a delight for collectors, these wooden dolls from Alexander Girard. Girard (1907 – 1993) is famous for his bright coloured, lively patterned and rich textured textile designs. The designer had a deep interest in the folk art of South America, Eastern Europe and Asia, and drew inspiration from traditional handcrafted artefacts for his work. The colour palette, patterns and motifs that account for the recognisable distinctiveness of many of his designs can be traced back to these cultural roots. The Wooden Dolls, designed and made by Girard in 1963 for his own house in Santa Fe, were also inspired by his collection of folk art.

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