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Haunted Dolls and Statues and Toys


Does an artist haunt his work?





Every artist tries to bring a feeling of real life into their work. Whether its photo realistic or abstract or commercially cartoon-ish. People so often look at 3d creations and never realize the love, emotions, time and energy that actually goes into creating something from ones own mind. If the creation could only come to life and speak and move then people might stand up and take notice. Is this just a dream of artistic proportions or a truth?

The imagination is a strong feature that must not be ignored. We live among the images we have made, and those images have an uncanny life. They seduce us, challenge, trap, transform, and even kill us. Yet they speak and remain so haunting and deadly silent.

The Adventures of Pinocchio, Carlo Collodi , Carlo Lorenzini (pen name Collodi) created the puppet who longed to be a boy more than a century ago, yet Pinocchio has lived on, both in popular culture and in literary and filmic versions of the tale. One of the most read books in the world, The Adventures of Pinocchio was originally written in serial form for an Italian children's magazine. Collodi killed off the puppet in what he thought was the last episode; until, that is, he was urged by his editor to continue the already very popular story.

Art is considered subjective to many. You either like it or you hate it. But what if it actually haunts you? Is it the feelings that the work brings up in your emotions or some unseen force or a desire to investigate the unknown. Pygmalion is a fictional character from the Roman poet Ovid, found in the tenth book of his Metamorphoses. Pygmalion is a sculptor who falls in love with a statue he has made. A woman out of ivory. According to Ovid he is 'not interested in women', but his statue is so realistic that he falls in love with it. He offers the statue presents and eventually prays to Venus. She takes pity on him and brings the statue to life. They marry and have a son, Paphos.

Pygmalion and Galatea (1890) by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904)

Pygmalion and Galatea (1890) by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904)

The story has been the subject of notable paintings by Jean-Léon Gérôme, Honoré Daumier, Edward Burne-Jones (four major works from 1868-1870, then again in larger versions from 1875-1878), Auguste Rodin, Ernest Normand, Paul Delvaux, Francisco Goya, Francois Boucher, and Thomas Rowlandson, among others. There have also been numerous sculptures of the 'awakening'. It was the subject of Gaetano Donizetti's first opera, Il Pigmalione.


Don Juan in Hell

Don Juan, the ``Seducer of Seville,'' originated as a hero-villain of Spanish folk legend, and his fame spread through the rest of Europe in the 17th century. The many versions of his story include a play by Moliere (``The Stone Feast,'' 1665), a long poem by Byron (``Don Juan,'' 1819-24), and an opera by Mozart (``Don Giovanni,'' 1787).

In the legend by George Bernard Shaw, Don Juan is a famous lover and scoundrel who has made more than a thousand sexual conquests. While preparing to seduce the young noble lady Donna Ana, he is discovered by her father, the Commander, who challenges him to a duel. Don Juan kills the Commander and escapes. Donna Ana and her fiance Don Ottavio attempt to hunt down Don Juan, but he is too wily to be caught.

Later, Don Juan passes by the tomb of the dead Commander. A voice comes from the statue on the tomb, warning Don Juan that he will be punished for his wicked deeds. The unrepentant Don Juan jokingly invites the statue to have dinner with him. However, the joke is on Don Juan when the haunted statue comes to life and arrives at Don Juan's house at the promised time.

The statue puts out his hand and offers to take Don Juan to a different banquet. Don Juan, fearless to the last, takes the statue's hand, but finds himself caught in an unbreakable grip that fills him with freezing cold. A fiery pit opens and the statue drags Don Juan off to Hell.

Don Juan, the ``Seducer of Seville,'' originated as a hero-villain of Spanish folk legend, and his fame spread through the rest of Europe in the 17th century. The many versions of his story include a play by Moliere (``The Stone Feast,'' 1665), a long poem by Byron (``Don Juan,'' 1819-24), and an opera by Mozart (``Don Giovanni,'' 1787).

The Truth About Living Inanimate Objects of Art

How might a soul a ghost or a living personality enter an inanimate object one might guess or have to ask. Residual Haunting? Possession? Black Magic or a curse? The actual possibilities are truly endless. But as we all know through the imagination anything is possible. Whether in writing, feature films, song or artistic creations these many stories have been told and retold for generations.

It's all in the believing, the making of what we imagine to be real and how it affects us. Through our lives we feel we breath we live and have secrets that we tell only to our selves or to the inanimate world around us.

Does it it listen? Some truly think it does. Artist tend to believe that we see what they see, or at least the hope someone will. They want their creations to be accepted and loved and cherished as much as what they have put into them in creating them. The hardest thing is for an artist to give away themselves.

When an artist create with great care and talent how can they let go of something that means so much to them... all artist tend to fall or be in love with their art. But how do you really let the art go? Any piece that at is painted, chiseled from stone or wood or clay, sewn or glued made by hand that is so dually prized and filled with secret dreams and personal desires and life felt aspirations, be sent out into the world alone and cherished as much as the creator of it did.

I believe each artistic achievement made by man is possessed by part of the soul of the artist. They want the whole world to see it feel it experience it as they do. Some objects speak to the person who buys them. Is it the soul infused talking to the new owner? Is the price you pay worth the soul or artistic spirit you have purchased?

Because of this I believe these things are truly haunted or else why would they be so expensive to have. And so personal that we tend to put them in a place of honor. cherish them make over them care for them and love them.

Who has not cried or been torn in heart to loose a dearly cherished doll or toy. we mourn it as we do the passing of a living person.

In some cases this might explain why art some things effect us visually and emotionally. Do these things remind us of something in each ones hidden nature? Does like not seek like? Is this why certain works intrigue us others repel us and still other hold us in their enchanted haunted spell?


Haunted Dolls And Puppets And Stuffed Animals Oh My!

The Velveteen Rabbit

Don't we or haven't we all once in our life wished our toy's would have come to life? Even with all the love and magic in the world, could the Velveteen Rabbit ever be really real?

Pinocchio living puppet (Le Avventure di Pinocchio) is a novel for children by Italian author Carlo Collodi, a Zuni Warrior doll from Dan Curtis' Trilogy of Terror , The Veleveteen Rabbit by Marjorie Williams, or Winnie-the-Pooh is a fictional bear created by A. A. Milne. He appears in the books Winnie-the-Pooh (published October 14, 1926) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928)... in common they all came to life.

The Adventures of Pinocchio . The first half was published in serial form between 1881 and 1883, and then completed as a book for children in February 1883. It is about the mischievous adventures of Pinocchio, an animated marionette, and his poor father, a woodcarver named Geppetto. It is considered a classic of children's literature and has spawned many derivative works of art, such as Disney's classic 1940 animated movie of the same name, and commonplace ideas, such as a liar's long nose.

Recently Academy Award winner Roberto Benigni wrote, directed and stars in this remake of the classic children’s tale. Pinocchio (Benigni) is a wooden puppet who wants to be a real boy. His father Geppetto and the kind Blue Fairy try to keep Pinocchio out of trouble, but his curiosity gets the better of him.

Winnie the Pooh

The character was named after a toy bear owned by Milne's son, Christopher Robin Milne. Most of the other characters are also named after toys belonging to Christopher Milne, the exceptions being Christopher Robin himself, and Owl and Rabbit, who are presumably based on real-life animals. Christopher Milne had named his toy after a real bear called Winnipeg, brought to Britain from Canada and whom Milne and his son often saw at London Zoo, and "Pooh", a swan they had met on a holiday (who appears in When We Were Very Young).

The Velveteen Rabbit

Excerpts from The Velveteen Rabbit: or how toys become real by Margery Williams
Illustrations by William Nicholson

THERE was once a velveteen rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid. He was fat and bunchy, as a rabbit should be; his coat was spotted brown and white, he had real thread whiskers, and his ears were lined with pink sateen. On Christmas morning, when he sat wedged in the top of the Boy's stocking, with a sprig of holly between his paws, the effect was charming.

"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

"I suppose you are real?" said the Rabbit. And then he wished he had not said it, for he thought the Skin Horse might be sensitive. But the Skin Horse only smiled.

Later in the story ... "Little Rabbit," she said, "don't you know who I am?"

The Rabbit looked up at her, and it seemed to him that he had seen her face before, but he couldn't think where.

"I am the nursery magic Fairy," she said. "I take care of all the playthings that the children have loved. When they are old and worn out and the children don't need them any more, then I come and take them away with me and turn them into Real."

"Wasn't I Real before?" asked the little Rabbit.

"You were Real to the Boy," the Fairy said, "because he loved you. Now you shall be Real to every one."




Leigh Allan is a Modern day artist, she works in clay, she creates unique one of a kind dolls that might just be haunted. Everyone who has actually held the little dolls in their hand has felt or sensed something different about them." Since I was born I've had a mind for the weird and bizarre which is why Tim Burton's work appeals to me and why I'm drawn to the likes of the ghost orphans and their story." Burton's work is similar to my own or mine is to his - or his is to mine - hey I'm older - but he's richer - whatever..." says Allan.

Leigh Allan grew up on the west coast of America and now lives in the UK. Leigh has been creating and selling one-of-a-kind clay miniatures, jewelry and dolls for over 30 years in America and internationally. (Originals by LE) It's probably something she will always do, and currently Leigh is enjoying bringing the ghost orphans Dolls to half/life through clay and cloth. "They're the most marvelous and interesting characters I've ever had the privilege to create, says Leigh".

Are they really Living Dead Dolls one might ask?

"I find it all very odd myself because as the creator I know they are only clay and cloth yet I too have a curious attachment to these ghost dolls." " I've made thousands of figurines in my career and many of those I really liked but not in the same way as these - there is something different about these: something very special." " It's as though a little soul occupies their tiny bodies that is completely out of my hands." Says Allan.

Allan on her web site does not suggest that her dolls are alive or dead. Nor does she believe them to be really haunted... or does she." People are also attracted to their detail and want to know their history." " Some say their alive, others say their haunted." "A visitor who saw them on Haunted America Tours asked me if the dolls are haunted and I replied that it's more that they haunt Ravensbreath Castle." " But circumstances are changing, as mentioned before and without a doubt there seems to be something going on with the dolls I don't quite understand." "They may indeed be haunted." Says Allan.

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The dolls are crudely but securely jointed similar to a marionette to give them a playful limp flexible feel, but in reality these poor dead ghost children are fading away because they're unable to move on to the next world which is their hope and dream. The wire joints you see are a symbol of their deterioration into nothingness. You can view them in their Birthday, rather 'Deathday' suits here. http://www.ravensbreath.com/ghosts/ghostorphans.html

All ghost orphans is individually handcrafted from polymer clay and hand painted.

Ravensbreath and Heartland Productions. © 2006 all rights reserved © 2006 Leigh Allan, All Rights Reserved. No images on this site may be used, in any form, without the consent of the artist.

Annabel is approx. 15cm (6 inches) tall with jointed body. Her hair is raven-hued hand-dyed Tibetan Lamb's Wool. Her eyes are brown. She is clothed in a satiny ivory fabric with puffy sleeves - all singed of course, over a pale pink tulle petticoat, also singed.
She wears a choker and a pink gem stone brooch pinned to her dress.
It was the last gift from her mother.

You can tell they've been around a few hundred years thanks to Annabel's
habit of singeing and soiling everyone's clothes. But more than that is the fact that the ghost orphans are deteriorating rather quickly and after 400 years are nearing their end. They must find a way out of the prison orphanage and move on to the next world, otherwise they will simply vanish into nothingness ~ alas that is what is happening.
Will someone save the ghost orphans?

For more about Leigh Allan Visit here www.ravensbreath.com/ghosts/bio.htm

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Toys do come to life don't they?


Perhaps no childhood companion is more familiar or more revered than the Teddy Bear. Friend, companion, confidante, protector, playmate – these are just some of the roles the loyal, loving Teddy Bear has assumed over the years. Since its introduction to the world in the early 1900’s, the Teddy Bear – named after American President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt – has been the indisputable image of a happy childhood.

But is it possible that the beneficent Teddy Bear, like many other childhood toys, has a darker side, less often seen, but once experienced, impossible to forget? Is it within the realm of reason that the fuzzy friends of our childhood, living and sharing every moment with their adopted children, might take on a life all their own once the innocence of youth has worn away? Can it be possible that the beloved Teddy Bear is actually the most haunted (and haunting!) toy of all time?



Today popular movies have glorified the idea of our toys having a life of their own. Feature films often play on that fantasy as a main theme.


Toy Story Theatrical Release Date: 11/22/1995 DVD Release Date: 10/17/2000 was the first feature-length film animated entirely by computer. If this seems to be a sterile, mechanical means of movie making, be assured that the film is as chock-full of heart and warmth as any Disney cartoon feature. The star of the proceedings is Woody, a pull-string cowboy toy belonging to a wide-eyed youngster named Andy. Whenever Andy's out of the room, Woody revels in his status as the boy's Number One toy. His supremacy is challenged by a high-tech, space-ranger action figure named Buzz Lightyear, who, unlike Woody and his pals, believes that he is real and not merely a plaything. The rivalry between Woody and Buzz hilariously intensifies during the first half of the film, but when the well-being of Andy's toys is threatened by a nasty next-door neighbor kid named Sid -- whose idea of fun is feeding stuffed dolls to his snarling dog and reconstructing his own toys into hideous mutants -- Woody and Buzz join forces to save the day. Superb though the computer animation may be, what really heightens Toy Story are the voiceover performances by such celebrities as Tom Hanks (as Woody), Tim Allen (as Buzz), and Don Rickles (as an appropriately acerbic Mr. Potato Head). Director John Lasseter earned a special achievement Academy Award, while Randy Newman landed an Oscar nomination for his evocative musical score. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

The Indian In The Cupboard

The Indian In The Cupboard Theatrical Release Date: 07/14/1995 DVD Release Date: 07/03/2001 Based on the popular children's book by Lynne Reid Banks, this fantasy concerns a young boy who discovers that his toys are developing lives of their own -- which presents him with unexpected responsibilities. Omri (Hal Scardino), a young boy growing up in Brooklyn, receives an odd variety of presents for his birthday: a wooden cabinet from his older brother, a set of antique keys from his mother Jane (Linsday Crouse), and a tiny plastic model of an Indian from his best friend Patrick (Rishi Bhat). Putting them all together, Omri locks the Indian inside the cabinet, only to be awoken by a strange sound in the middle of the night. Omri opens the cabinet to discover that the tiny Indian has come to life; it seems that he's called Little Bear (Litefoot), and he claims to have learned English from settlers in 1761. Omri hides this remarkable discovery from his mother but shares it with Patrick; as an experiment, Patrick locks a toy cowboy into the cupboard, and soon Little Bear has a companion, Boone (David Keith), though predictably, the cowboy and the Indian don't get along well at first. Omri comes to the realizations that his living and breathing playthings are also people with lives of their own, and he begins to wonder how much control he should really have over their lives. The Indian in the Cupboard was directed by Frank Oz, best known as one of the original puppeteers for The Muppets and the voice of Miss Piggy. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide


The world is full of mystery isn't it?

Life- death, what lives on past our untimely demise.... The things we made created and loved?

Who remembers us when we are gone... and all that we loved and knew forgets us... and is all no more? Who?

The toys do.... The art does and the images and creations that whisper only to a few, they tell the secrets of who we were to those that care to listen... to those that are truly haunted by what one soul has created and infused with a life of it's own.

So the next time you gaze upon something hand made by an artist a craftsman a living being... listen with your heart it might just haunt you forever.



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