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Only one more day until our upcoming exhibition “VALLEY OF DOLLS” opens its door this friday at 7pm! Elena and Ekaterina Popovy will show their great dolls at Strychnin Gallery:
We are twin sisters Ekaterina and Elena Popovy, professional artists and fashion designers. We were born and grew up in Perm, Russia. We graduated Ural State Academy of Architecture and Arts in Yekaterinburg. We started making dolls in 2004.
At the beginning we were interested in realistic human gesture. The magic of certain personalities inspired us to create their images. We tried not only to make portrait dolls but also to convey the nature of the characters through the gesture and costumes. Before making a portrait doll of the personality we were interested in we made a thorough research of the biography, read interviews, gathered photos and videos.
Thanks to this interest we deepened our knowledge of human anatomy and facial gesture. We also learned to work with various artistic materials: china, self fusing plastics (paperclay, efa plast, la doll), fumo, baked plastics.
However portrait doll didn’t let us express ourselves as designers and we started experimenting with materials. Finally we found a perfect solution by combining our passion for fashion design and dolls art. This has grown into small conceptual collections of 10 to 15 dolls.
Huge amount of preparative work is behind every collection. First an idea/emotion is born and we develop a concept of a project. Then westart preparative work: we learn the history, search for the images,develop the texture, choose technique and draw sketches. Figure’sgesture, stylization, artistic delivery and costume design all of thisgoes along with one theme to express the idea to maximum extent.
The first conceptual project called fashionMOON was presented at the 3rd International Salon in Moscow. The collection was readily accepted by the audience and justified our boldest expectations. The project received two high awards. This was a powerful motivation for our further creative work.