From “Walter Mitty” to “Sleeping Beauty,” the allure of dreams is powerful and potent. The following international artists have the ability to dream with their eyes and hearts wide open. They are in tune with their inner voices, and have birthed original sculptures that are otherworldly and wondrous. Here is a convergence of different countries and cultures, but one constant emerges: When an artist’s mind is free to roam and to explore, the results are fantastic.
Virginie Ropars (French-born, Brittany resident)
“In fantastic art, everything is possible. You mix all the influences of things you like into one thing. The more you improve technically, the more complicated things you can make. That is particularly motivating,” Ropars reveals.
A former computer artist, who excelled at making TV cartoons in 3-D, Ropars is adept at making the impossible spring to life in startling, vivid forms. “Fantasy art is like imagination. It is the closest thing we have to childhood dreams or to daydreaming,” she shares.
Fashioning queens, dark angels, fairies and mortals that straddle the chasm between human and insect, Ropars’ musing is magical and mystifying. From where does she round up these breathtaking beings?
“I don’t work under a particular influence. I don’t rely on photographs or other artworks. I just call to all the things I love and have loved. All of these characters are already in me. I let my brain build the images that are associated with my concepts and my inner dreams. It’s like a movie in my head, which I get to direct. My only question is: Do I consider my options beautiful or not?”
Collectors the world over agree Ropars’ offerings are beautiful and powerful. They are a passport to wonder.
The 2015 DOLLS Awards of Excellence Industry’s Choice winners (DAEs, also called the Diamond Awards) were announced at the International Doll & Teddy Bear Show in Asheville, N.C., June 6. The Industry's Choice winners will go on to become the nominee's in the Public's Choice voting, set to begin in late June.
Without further ado, here are the winners of this year's Industry's Choice Diamond Awards!
The Jones Publishing Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed upon one recipient per year. This award was created in 2002 in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the teddy bear, with the first recipient being Steiff, a German-based plush toy company known for its high quality and prices.
The Lifetime Achievement recipient must be or have been involved in some aspect of the doll and/or teddy bear field for a minimum of 25 years. The recipient may be an individual, partnership, corporation, company, author, artist, marketer, historian or any other industry professional. Lifetime Achievement Award nominations may be made by previous recipients or members of the LAA committee.
To qualify as a nominee, entrants must meet the following criteria:
The Lifetime Achievement Award has been presented to the following individuals and companies since its inception:
2003 Hildegard Gunzel
2004 Alexander Doll Company
2005 R. John Wright
2006 Wendy Lawton
2007 Virginia Turner
2008 Toy Shoppe
2010 Helen Kish
2012 Maggie Iacono
2013 Heidi Plusczok
2014 Jack Johnston
2015 Kaye Wiggs
August 8, 2014 - Blackall Associates Inc. is proud to announce the winner of its Summer Heat Photo Contest. The contest drew entries from around the world. Masterpiece Doll collectors sent in a special photo showing how their Masterpiece Dolls were enjoying the summer heat.
You haven’t seen a toy show until you’ve seen this one. Six buildings! Over six hundred exhibitors! Exclusively toys and dolls and children’s playthings on display everywhere! This is the show everyone always says they intend to visit, and now is the time to do just that. Collectors say the Chicago Toy Show really is the largest in the entire world. They are correct. Collectors say they find toys at this show that are never seen anywhere else. Correct again.
19 April 2014 – 5 October 2014
A special exhibition will take place at the Toy Worlds Museum Basle to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Japanese-Swiss diplomacy and friendship.