Valley of Dolls
Eleven years ago, Ayano Tsukimi returned to her home in Nagoro. Confronted with constant departures, she has populated the village with dolls, each representing a former villager. Around 350 of the giant dolls now reside in and around Nagoro, replacing those that died or abandoned the village years ago.
posted by infini
on May 3, 2014 -
In a recent documentary titled The Valley Of Dolls, Fritz Schumann explores Tsukimi's world, highlighting the time and artistry that goes into making the figures, and explaining her motivations. In it we're shown around a local school, once filled with children and teachers, that now houses dozens of dolls, sitting statically, waiting for class to begin.
Lady Gaga satirizes the objectification of celebrity while cashing in on it with a series of creepily lifelike gagadolls
. You can even rent one for an event. Several models to choose from.
posted by adamrice
on Dec 27, 2013 -
Amongst the canals of Lake Xochimilco, south of Mexico City, there are artificial islands called chinampas
were invented by the Aztecs as a way to increase agricultural production, and while most have been converted for residential or commercial use, there is one that stands apart: Isla de las Munecas (The Island of the Dolls)
. Home to hundreds of terrifying, mutilated dolls
, their severed limbs
, decapitated heads
, and blank eyes
, and nearly every available surface
. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A
on Feb 17, 2013 -
When artist Troy Gua wanted a new project to cheer himself up with, he hit on the idea of making a tribute to his favorite musician. Le Petit Prince
, a 1/6 scale doll of The Purple One, was born.
posted by BoringPostcards
on Mar 22, 2012 -
On a Friday in the waning months of the 20th century, a Macromedia employee was getting ready to meet with the creator of Beavis & Butthead
the next Monday to demonstrate Flash v.4's new feature, synchronized audio tracks – a feature he needed to learn over the weekend. So he put together the simplest model he could: a floating skull sans
lips, tongue or physique. The meeting was postponed, so the employee continued to spitshine the animation and put it on his website. His friends e-mailed their friends, and soon, everyone met a heavy-metal animated floating skull demon and his adorable little devil pal. Sparks had created Radiskull, who will kill you one by one
. (Atom) [more inside]
posted by MikeHarris
on Dec 22, 2009 -
Barbarism begins with Barbie —
the doll, that is. Research done at the University of Bath (UK) posits that prepubescents' pre-eminent plasticine plaything provokes disproportionate punishment. According to the study, which originally focused on the effects of branding on young consumers, the statuesque Mattel mini-miss seems to attract undue savagery. "The researchers had not intended to focus on Barbie, but they were taken aback by the rejection, hatred and violence she provoked when they asked the children about their feelings for the doll. Violence and torture against Barbie were repeatedly reported across age, school and gender. No other toy or brand name provoked such a negative response."
posted by rob511
on Dec 19, 2005 -
Mamiko picked up a cork that had rolled on the floor at the restaurant where she worked. From it she made her first tiny cork doll
. She is often asked where she gets all of her corks. "I don't drink so much, but all of my friends who can drink quite a lot keep many corks for me." The pacifist is my favorite.
posted by iconomy
on Feb 19, 2003 -
The Dubya Doll
is making its way through commercial America. With 17 slogans and phrases, such as "We will continue putting food on your family." what red-blooded American wouldn't want one?
"My Daddy was President you know." not included.
posted by Tryptophan-5ht
on Dec 9, 2002 -