Ruby Ruth Dolls

Curious creatures made from second-hand clothing in Cornwall, England

It’s not out of the question that you’d find something familiar about Ruby Ruth Dolls; the reality is you might have already owned one (or part of one) and not even known it. Created in Cornwall, England by Jenny Mustill—a former Damian Hirst studio assistant—using recycled luxury fabrics, the handmade dolls seem part Dr Parnassus’ Imaginarium and part Tim Burton dream character, with an additional …

Studio Visit: Jen Spectacular

The San Francisco-based artist creates stories from remodifying dolls and dollhouses

Forget Barbie and her Pepto-Bismol pink Dreamhouse, Jen Furman (better known as Jen Spectacular) creates stories by making and modifying dollhouses. Growing up in Romeo, MI (about an hour north of Detroit) she hung out with The Muppets, spent countless hours playing Zork, and fell in love with Star Wars. Later, Spectacular worked in Detroit as an advertising illustrator for 15 years, and after a …

Off the Wall

Bizarre sculpture abounds at NADA's first NYC art fair

In our second look at NADA’s first annual art fair in New York City, we take a step back from the white gallery wall and focus on some of the more colorful, sculptural showings. Materials like hair, blood, crystals, broccoli and fake fur had us and everyone else gawking. Here, a selection of three-dimensional standouts. Among the 60 galleries occupying the four floors of NADA …