We are now hard at work on the 2nd Almanac and this time around we will host a doll making challenge - open to anyone who wants to take part. To enter, simply make an original, unique doll/creature/artwork inspired by the subject below and send us your best photograph of your work (email address will be supplied nearer to the closing date).
All entrants will have their work displayed together in a group exhibition to accompany the publication of the 2nd Almanac (June 2018). The exhibition will be hosted here on our public Cult of Doll Facebook page and also on our new Website (under construction).
The world of Miss Araminta's Curiosity Shop loosely ties all the stories in our Almanac together, the artists being given an item from her shop as a starting point for their own unique story. Those stories can take place anywhere and need have no relationship to the Curiosity shop at all. You can read the first Araminta story, The Not-Fox, by me (Yve Hooson of Nightshade Dolls) starting on page 58 of the first Almanac (https://issuu.com/nighthsadedolls/docs/cod_alanac_2016).
Araminta is not the subject of this Challenge though, but we are in 1880’s London and taking a look at a disreputable Travelling Side Show which has set up stall a few streets away from her Shop in Whitechapel. You can get a flavour of them in Rhissanna’s tale “Fish on Thursday” on page 106 of The Almanac. Such travelling shows were a popular form of “Low-Brow” entertainment in Victorian times, combining all the acts we know from the regular Circus, plus illusionists and fairground rides, plus they also usually featured (for an extra entrance fee, of course!) a “Freak Show”.