This artist turns pop icons into cute Kokeshi dolls

This artist turns pop icons into cute Kokeshi dolls

What a doll

Text: Su Fen Tan

Image: Becky Kemp / Instagram

English illustrator Becky Kemp reinterprets some of the world’s most famous figures as adorable little Kokeshi dolls

Made from wood, Kokeshi dolls originated from northern Japan during the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868). Putting her own unique, modern spin on the dolls, Becky Kemp reimagines the traditional dolls by adapting them to iconic stars of pop culture, including Prince, Charlie Chaplin, Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld and David Bowie. The artist handmakes these Japanese dolls in her quaint little studio in England. You can purchase a Kokeshi of your own on her website, or even request for a custom-made doll. Fun fact: one of Kemp's all-time favourite custom Kokeshi is a Harry Potter doll!


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