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Author Archive for Marlaine Verhelst


altered cardigan


On I found this picture of a Jill Sander sweater. The golden stripe looks like acrylic. Good idea!


I had this black cardigan that was ruined by spilling chloride over it causing red(!) spots. You can still see it in the top part of this picture. My first idea was to use geometric shapes and metallic anthracite. Here you see my final idea: black hand prints. Because of the different materials there is enough difference between black and black. I guess it is washable on a low temperature.




This is the doll that I made for the Birth announcement of our son Sem who became 26 years old yesterday. It is also the cover of the first book about doll making that I published


After 26 years the doll needed some restauration so I did for Sem’s Birthday. Not my favourite job. It is not only the picture but in reality the whole piece colored more yellow. So I added some ochre and gold to the parts that needed replacement.


My Paris class



Last month we have had a great class week again in France, near Paris and Versailles. So much creativity and fun! The late blooming tulips added to the beautiful environment. Here you can see all the pictures. Time flies and next year’s class is planned for April 26th – May 3rd 2014  Please contact me for more info: Marlaine Verhelst or check my Paris page


NIADA Helper



This is my Helper for the 2013 NIADA Convention near San Francisco in June. There is still limited space available to join us and win this piece in the raffle.

Look at the NIADA website for all info.


Waiting for a prince 4

I just finished my new piece “Waiting for a Prince 4”. I still love this theme that I have used already three times before. All people can make up their own story to this piece.

Does she really want a Prince to come? Does she believe  her Prince to come? Does she need a Prince?




Combustus article





Deanna Piowaty published an article about me on her art site Combustus.  I am very happy with the interview because this lovely lady really understood my work. Thanks a lot, Deanna!


New pieces


Yes! I finally started a new collection of dolls. First step was to dig in my materials and attributes because I find “stuff” very inspiring. Second step was to make sketches of wat I am intending to make and think and dream about how to achieve that. Third step is the hand sculpting of the body parts in porcelain and I am in the middle of that process now. Here you see some heads I am working on. These are not fired yet. The one in the front right is going to be a princess.


The NEW Dutch Touch

And here she is! It is a princess and you can learn to make her yourself.
Together with Ankie Daanen I developed this new type of doll for the Meet the Dutch Touch classes.
If you want to know more about it look at  my workshop schedule  or send me an email at .

Don’t forget to watch Ankie and me with this princess on .


Royal de Luxe street theatre

I want to share with you the French street theatre Royal de Luxe. They work with giant dolls. I saw an article about them in a Belgian magazine talking about a performance they did in Antwerp. Imagine how cool it is to see a giant elephant walking through the city! The website for Royal de Luxe is

Of course you can watch the performances on you tube. Like


spring issue art doll quarterly

Ricë Freeman-Zachery did a great job writing an article about me in Art Doll quarterly.  Husband Ton said that it is one of the best articles ever written on me.  Thanks Ricë!