I had a deep and abiding love for the Little Apple Dolls, as soon as they were brought to my attention (which was during the second series, I believe.) However, being who I am and all, I've never been able to get one. It'd be -really- hard for me to choose, anyway, between my favorites. I thought about them, the other day, and decided to check in on them. There are many new ones and it only whets my appetite for them. This is like window shopping, folks. Why people actually like to window shop is fricking beyond me. It sucks to see things you really, really want...and can't have. It's like being just out of reach of the cookie jar. (And, everyone else can reach it, grab one and gobble it down right in front of you.)
So, though I can't have any, I thought I'd put up the ones I'd get if I -could- have them. (And, in case any of you want them, I've linked to an auction or page that's offering them. Of course, if you come along weeks later, these links and pictures may not work. :P)
This is kind of an homage, as well. I love these dolls and they deserve more exposure. Before the pictures, I've copied some text from the website, to let you read a little about their history and how they came to be. Enjoy. :)
Little Apple Dolls
(Excerpt from the website, linked above.)
The Little Apple first came to life in photographic works artist Ufuoma Urie had created that explored myths to do with creation and destruction. The symbol of the wounded, "pin-cushion" apple as an inanimate object who is capable of showing emotion as hero/saviour/sacrifice began to feature prominently in narratives the artist had written. As a symbol in myth, fairytale and religious texts, the apple has represented temptation: an alluring yet tainted object not appearing as it seems: that which is desired which ultimately unsettles those who come into contact with it.
The apple developed a persona in its own right, acting as protector of souls and guardian to the children or rather the hand-crafted child sized dolls. The dolls are a visual combination of foetus/toddler and skeleton. Their faces are not fully formed. They are without key facial features which may render them monstrous yet they are creatures of beauty. They look the way they do because they inhabit the place in between life and death. They are meant to represent a border: they are not dead but they certainly are not alive! One would imagine that each doll character has had a similar experience to the Little Girl in the story and has ended up in between places.
Umbrae, Sine and Circe
Circe. Arguably my favorite from the first series. I like Sine and Umbrae alright, but Circe is definitely my favorite of the three. (The first series, in their big size (of 14") are sold out! I can't find anywhere that sells a set of the normal-sized ones. :/ Well, not that it matters. Not like I could afford them! -grin-)
Animula, Erro, Irae and Mentis
OMG! I love the second series! Maybe not as much as the first, but it's pretty darned close!
This is Animula! She's one of my favorites, because of her outfit. She comes with the full set of the second series dolls, but this is a close-up picture of her!
Lethe, Timor Balatro, Sine of Souls and Elysia
Of the Series Four dolls, my favorites are:
Of course, these are less common, because they're exclusives or special editions. :/ But, I want them, anyway!
Mirari's so pretty in her blue dress and poms on the tops of her shoes.
I love little Ianua. (I imagine it's pronounced 'eeah-nooah.') She looks so shy and quiet.
And, Melorian! Have you seen this, yet? :D
VooDooz (Series 1) Uchawi Plush -- It's kinda cute! :D Not too expensive. I might just get one for myself, sometime! :D