Photos Courtesy Andy Stattmiller
Photos Courtesy Andy Stattmiller

This Artist Has Created Some Awesomely Geeky Nesting Dolls

Photos Courtesy Andy Stattmiller
Photos Courtesy Andy Stattmiller

By Kirsten Howard.

Nesting dolls (or matryoshka dolls as you may know them) are elegantly created and painted with intricate designs and colors on each, from the largest of the set down to the most diminutive in the collection. The first of these popular dolls were designed by folk crafts painter Sergey Malyutin in Russia in 1890, and since then, artists have set about dressing the dolls in variations ranging from holiday wear to the traditional clothing of other cultures.

But now, San Francisco-based illustrator Andy Stattmiller has decided to push nesting dolls in a slightly different direction with his own unique twist on the wooden keepsakes.

Stattmiller’s collections are painted with acrylic on wood—just as traditional matryoshka dolls tend to be—however, these particular ones have evolved into more familiar territory, adopting the guises of heroes such as Iron Man, Archie, Star Wars, "The Dude" Lebowski and even Forrest Gump. The dolls range from the largest standing at about 7 inches down to the smallest at 0.75 inches, and pack inside each other as normal to make a cool little set.

Sadly, the dolls are specially commissioned, though they are often seen at art galleries and occasionally auctioned on eBay for particular charitable causes.

But, despite their lack of general availability, they’re wonderful to look at.


Photos Courtesy Andy Stattmiller.

This post originally appeared on our UK site.

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Forbes named Candytopia one of the best pop-up museums to visit in 2018. New York City seems the perfect place for the exhibit, having formerly hosted other food-inspired pop-ups like the Museum of Pizza and the Museum of Ice Cream.

Candytopia will debut in New York City on August 15 at Penn Plaza at 145 West 32nd Street. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and they can be ordered on Candytopia’s website. Private events and birthday parties can also be arranged.

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[h/t Gothamist]

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