I have to admit I had never heard of Kokeshi dolls until I received a press release about the cutest new collection of these adorable little things. Originating from Northern Japan, Kokeshi dolls are handmade from wood, have a simple trunk with no arms or legs and an enlarged head. They are often exchanged amongst friends with written messages stored within them as tokens of friendship. I like the sound of that! But what I like even more is this modern take on Kokeshi dolls by Sketch Inc for Lucie Kaas.
Becky Kemp is the artist behind the South London design studio Sketch.inc. Coming from a creative family and always being interested in illustration and design, Becky studied fine art painting before she took up a career as an art teacher. However, it wasn’t long before she decided to pursue her dream of running her own studio and working independently. In 2011, Sketch. inc was born and Becky’s adorable little kokeshi dolls gained popularity around the globe and it’s easy to see why. Becky recently joined forces to collaborate with Lucie Kaas and design a new range of 16 Kokeshi dolls inspired by historical icons from the worlds of art, design and fashion. Every doll is hand painted and makes a real design statement. I think they are so cute and would happily display them in my home. What do you think? Cute right?