Doll Prague 2013

Hi everyone,

It has already been a couple weeks now, since  I’m back from Doll Prague. First I have to say that I didn’t take my reflex camera with me, so all pictures are taken with my compact camera. The quality isn’t that great, but I hope it gives you a bit a sense of the atmosphere …

Well, where do I start? Maybe by saying Prague and the exhibition were amazing. I got an invitation from  Bohdana Klátilová, who organizes the Doll Prague exhibition, and with a few other members of dabida we exhibited there for three wonderful days. I had a great time with Saskia Hoeboer, Caroline van Stiphout, Marlaine Verhelst, Francisca Marcus, Christine Polis and her husband Benoit Polvêche.

It was quite a challenge to get there with three suitcases and only two arms. 😀 First my parents brought me by car to the train station. Then I took the train to the airport, but I had to switch trains on the way. Not easy, but I did it! 🙂 The flight took about an hour. Then I was brought by taxi to the apartment I shared with Christine, Benoit and Caroline. First evening I arrived quite late, so I went straight to bed.

When I arrived the next day at the exhibition I was so excited, the michna palace, where the event took place was so beautiful! I met the other artists, Saskia, Marlaine and Francisca and we started putting our dolls on the table. Although our table was quite full and our work is very different, the presentation was balanced.

dabida doll prague

Our table and the DABIDA members: Saskia Hoeboer, Marlaine Verhelst, Caroline van Stiphout, Kathleen Engelen (me! 😉 ), Christine Polis, Francisca Markus and Benoit Polveche.

doll prague

the Michna Palace

A lot of doll artists and collectors from all over the world came together at this beautiful event.  And believe me, I felt like I was in art doll’s heaven. Many other women felt the same way, you could see it by the sparkle in their eyes!! 😀 We were all so excited! Did you see that amazing porcelain doll over there? And that beautiful embroidery on that costume over there? And that really fine silk velvet with the lace? And so it went on for three days, lol!

One time I tried to talk to a woman who was clearly enjoying our work, but unfortunately she couldn’t speak English. She called her husband over, he had to translate. So, she started talking and talking, so excited, with all gestures how wonderful everything was, and after a while she stopped so her husband could translate it. And he simply says: “She likes it”. Lol… Well, that summed it all up, I guess…

Seeing all this beautiful work from other artists and the high quality fabrics and embroidery got me so inspired. While we were sitting next to our table, we talked a lot about sculpting, costuming, embroidery techniques,…  I honestly can say that I learned a lot in these three days.

I discovered some wonderful artists I didn’t know before, and met some artists in real life that I only knew through the internet. It was great to meet E.J. Taylor and his work. The lovely ladies Laura Scattolini  and Siu Ling Wang had their booth only a few meters from ours, it was great to finally get to see their dolls in reality. It was a pleasure to see the details of their work that do not always show on pictures.

doll prague Christine Polis, Laura Scattolini and me

Christine Polis, Laura Scattolini and me

Kathleen Engelen and Siu Ling Wang

Me and Siu Ling Wang

The first evening we joined all the exhibitors for an evening party with dinner at a beautiful cruise on the Vltava River. Meanwhile, we could enjoy the fabulous views of Prague and its sights. doll prague the cruise

About Prague itself, I have to say I fell immediately in love with the city. The beautiful decoration on the houses,  the market squares, the Christmas decorations, it all added magic to the city. The light changed so beautifully during the day. The pale light of the sunset shining through the fog over the Vltava river gave the city a mysterious atmosphere that I have never experienced before. It truly is a magical city. Prague

We noticed that dolls are a big part of Czech culture. There are marionette shops all over the city, all filled with beautifully marionettes carved out of wood.

marionette shop in Prague

I visited about three Mucha exhibitions in Prague, lol. All of them very worth wile! I’m a huge fan of art nouveau, and so are Christine and Benoit, so we had a great time exploring this wonderful art form throughout the whole city. Our apartment was close to the Charles Bridge, so we had the pleasure to pass it a few times a day.

Here are some pictures of the Doll Prague exhibition:

And some pictures of the city of Prague:

I hope you enjoyed the article and the pictures. Thank you very much for your support! It really means a lot to me!!

A merry Christmas everyone and a happy New Year!!

Kathleen xx

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12 comments on “Doll Prague 2013”

  1. Thank you so much for taking the time for letting us know and for sharing so much beautiful pictures .
    The first time I saw many artists was in Paris in 2006 and I was so HAPPY and much more that I wrote what you know …. I saw Siu and Laura, and also Hannie … and much more artists and also a doll of E.J .. Many years after, I see that young artists and less young artists continue to share, meet and try to travel and make this art ALIVE .
    I just love you all
    Thank you Kathleen, a hug to a sweet fairy

  2. Thank you, Aude. I remember the first doll shows I visited years ago, too. I met Hannie Sarris, and Yvonne Flipse and their work for the first time. And many other artists, of course. It sure was a magical feeling. It’s a joy to see that others that come to see my work, feel the same magic as I did back then.

    Kathleen xx

  3. This was a great report! Thank you, Kathleen!
    I love Prague and it was a wonderful show!: )

  4. Hi Gabriella,
    it sure was a wonderful show. And it was very nice to meet you there, we had such a great talk.

    hugs to you, too

  5. Wat een mooi verslag!

  6. Bedankt, Mariet!

  7. Een prachtig verhaal, Kathleen.
    Het is duidelijk dat je hebt genoten, doe zo verder.

  8. Hoi Hilde,
    ik heb er inderdaad van genoten, en fijn om te horen dat het artikel dat weergeeft.


  9. Hallo Kathleen,

    Wat een leuke foto’s ! Ook een verscheidenheid in poppen.
    Ongetwijfeld hebben jullie genoten en ook veel gezien !
    Bedankt voor de moeite die je gedaan hebt, wens jou ook een heel
    fijn Kerstfeest, zeker een creatief en gezond 2014 ! Nog veel succes !
    Veel liefs Olly.

  10. Hoi Olly,

    er was echt een heel grote verscheidenheid aan poppen, inderdaad. Heel erg leuk om te zien, en we hebben ervan genoten. Ik wens jou ook nog heel veel succes en hopelijk tot op de dabida-dag!
    Kathleen xx

  11. Hi Kathleen,

    Prachtig verslag! Dit zorgt weer voor heel wat nieuwe inspiratie! Goe bezig!!!


  12. Bedankt Katie!

    Inderdaad, ik heb heel veel ideeën opgedaan! Nu maar aan de slag om er wat mee te doen!! 😀

    Kathleen xx