Ksenia Kopalova
Dear Muscovites


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Usage: The colored dolls are now part of a private collection. The blank dolls are intended for selling as a souvenir to be manually assembled and colored by the owner.

Process: The dolls are made of plywood using lasercut and then colored and assembled.

Materials: Plywood, acrylic paint, metal joints

Formats: A set of moving dolls made of plywood

Brief Requirements: The college brief consisted in reinterpreting an existing image or artwork from the collection of RIJKS museum in the Netherlands. The image I have chosen was a paper doll cutout scheme by Jan de Haan, which portrayed regular citizens of the epoch.

Key Brief Ideas: My response to the brief consisted in recreating these dolls within contemporary context. What characters would these dolls show if they existed today, in the city where I live? I created the doll designs based on the character sketches which I made throughout the year in Moscow streets, metro, shops, parks and offices. Every city is a gallery of characters, and my personal aim consisted in creating an illustration project that would show a part of the 'Moscow's collection'. The blank dolls come in individual packaging and are meant to be manually assembled. The fastener type allows them to move. Some parts of different dolls are interchangeable, allowing experimenting with shapes. The owners of the dolls are encouraged to color them and share their results on social networks. A booklet that goes with each package introduces each character, revealing bits of their personalities, and is meant to remind of a theatre libretto.

All the stories are available here: behance.net/gallery/47207699/Dear-muscovites

College: British Higher School of Art and Design