"Bambolandia" by Beatrice Perini
Beatrice Perini Born in Venice, Italy (1958). She completed her art studies at the Academy of Fine Arts. For six years Beatrice studied and worked in the studio of the great Italian master Emilio Vedova.
In 1984, the young Beatrice set up a small workshop shop called Bambolandia (World of Dolls), where she began creating her characters, engravings, drawings and papier-mache masks of the Commedia del Arte. During the same period, the artist immerses herself in the quest for knowledge in the restoration of antique dolls.
Since 1986, Beatrice Perini has been attending training courses abroad, in England and the United States. This training has helped her to acquire the necessary knowledge and hone the technology to create dolls from porcelain.
The first awards appeared during the same period. Beatrice's work became known and popular in Italy, France, Austria, Germany, Belgium and the USA.
- In 1988, Beatrice became a Member of the "Global Doll Society" and actively participates in almost all of the association's events during those years.
- In 1989, Beatrice was awarded first and third place prizes for her work at the London Exhibition.
- In 1991 in Stavanger, Norway, Beatrice Perini was the only Italian out of more than 500 competitors from all over the world. She won three awards: two first and one third places.
- A year later in Brighton, England, she was awarded the prestigious Mathias Wanke Trophy.
- In 1991 and 1994, the master appeared in The Puppet Art Handbook.
- Since early 1996, she has participated in the leading puppet shows, the Nuremberg International Toy Fair.
The Beatrice dolls are made of high-quality Limoges porcelain. The amazingly beautiful glass eyes are handmade, especially for these dolls, in Germany. Natural hair and French mohair are used for the wigs. The dolls are movable.
Says the master:
- It fascinates me to think that I am working with a material whose origins date back to the 13th century, to distant China. The first specimens brought back by the navigator Marco Polo are so precious, rare and mysterious that they were reverently welcomed in the courts of princes and kings.
- I create my dolls in full accordance with ancient traditions, using the same technique: sculpting, moulding, shaping, firing in the kiln, for 12 hours at temperatures up to 1250°. Then the process, toning and painting, followed by baking up to 750°. For fuller detailing, firing is done three times and only then is the doll assembled and given its finished image.
- Our Earth has given us everything in its hands. I am inspired by the idea that the basic elements, such as water, air and earth, come together through fire and immortalise themselves in a noble material, porcelain, which can become relics. Items made from this material have been handed down from generation to generation for centuries.
Today, Beatrice Perini very rarely creates dolls. Her work can only be found at auctions and in collectors all over the world.
Photos are taken from open sources on the Internet.
With love and respect, Tatiana Kalinina