Sowls are small mischievous spirits. They like to frolic, so don’t forget to feed them sweets, and they will become your best friends!
Celeste: Hi Santani! Thank you for taking time out to chat to us today about your amazing creatures. Can you tell the readers a little about yourself – where are you based, how did it all start?
Santani: Hello! Thank you for the interest and kind words. I am sorry for my bad English, but I will try. I live and work in Moscow, Russia. I started making dolls when I was 15. Since then I’ve never stopped making them till now, so about 10 years. At first I made small full-plastic figures of animals and fantasy creatures like dragons and etc. After 2 years I started to make dolls combining faux fur and clay parts.
Celeste: The combination of sculpting and sewing is an unusual hobby mix – do you sew the dolls and how long did it take you to work it all out?Read more
There is so much going on right now, I thought it would be a good idea to do a blog post on some of the projects I am working on. At a later point, I’ll do another one with updates, so that you can all join in on the progress. Don’t forget to book for the Creative Workshop in April. Also I’ll be making an appearance at The Deer Little Market (details below).
1. Katya Cat at The Deer Little Market – 20th of March 2016
Author, Julia Richman, of Katya Cat – The Bacon Chase, and I will be reading and illustrating at The Deer Little Market on Sunday the 20th March, at 2 Deer Park Drive, adjacent to Deerpark Cafe, Vredehoek, Cape Town. The market is open at 9am to 1pm. I will have to get back to you when Julia and I are presenting. There will be stalls and entertainment for little ones, as well as a magic show later in the day, so make a note in your calendar. Julia will be reading a few chapters while I illustrate the characters and we shall be handing out simple drawings for all little ones to colour in as well. There will be copies of Katya Cat for sale. Read more
“The time has come,” the Walrus said, “to talk of many things…”
Celeste: First of all, thank you so much for taking time out to answer my questions. I’ve recently started using polymer clay to create pots for plants and during my website polymer-rabbit hole research I stumbled across your beautiful designs. I have so many questions, but I guess I must start at the beginning and just ask what made you think of putting your clay-works on journals in the first place? Did someone suggest it, or did you just look at your journal and think ‘I’m going to design on that.’
Aniko: I found someone else doing it and I thought it’s amazing ( Chris Wildhaber Kapono) , although even if seeing journals was my first experience I had with polymer clay, still for another few years I didn’t do journals. I was making little pendants, jewelry boxes and things like that. When I made my first ever journal I loved it and all the members of my family loved it, too. So after the first one I made few more and somehow it stuck to me. But I still do make other things like jewelry boxes, jewelry, miniature sculpture and more.
Celeste: ‘Mandarin Duck’ is the name of your studio – is there a story there, or how did you come up with the name?
Aniko: I remember once I came back from school and my mother also came back from her work. She was all enthusiastic and she said that today she had a psychological test done to her and she wanted me to go through this test too. You have to name 5 animals ( birds, fish e.c.t.) and then she will give me the results. So my favourite bird at a time was Mandarin Duck, animals – Tiger and because I had rats as my pets, I also said a rat.
When Alfred’s mom told him to be watchful and keep his ears to the ground, legend has it Alfred’s ears dropped a few notches. He says that he could fix them if he wanted to, as his teeth are all made of gold. But if he sold his teeth to fix his ears, he wouldn’t have any teeth.
Alex likes to taste things. He thinks your dish needs some chives or celery, which is good because that is that he has growing for hair. He also likes to lick the counter top, the cat and your dishes if you let him.
Fred can smell things a mile away, which is why he likes to keep nice-smelling things for hair, like Chives and Golden Lemon Thyme. Despite the raised eyebrow, Fred is friendly sort of fella and is always ready to make anyone smile who looks at him.
Henry is a calm, peaceful and tranquil soul. His smile extends all the way up, and his cheeks round all the way down. He has succulents for hair in a mix of colours when in bloom, that are hardy and water wise.
Sam has been waiting for someone to take him home, so that they can use his chives and give them a much needed haircut in the process. He quite likes the idea of a possible mohawk haircut. He also has wonderful tumbly thyme on the one side, to add a bit of softness to his generous nature.
He would love nothing better than to sit on someone’s kitchen window and watch them make delicious meals. But be careful – if you leave any cookies or left-overs out with Sam about, they might be gone by the morning.