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SOLD - 'Madame S Caterpillar' – hybrid insect fashion art doll by Dina

SOLD - 'Madame S Caterpillar' – hybrid insect fashion art doll by Dina

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‘Madame S. Caterpillar’ - One-of-a-kind hand sculpted art-doll by Australian artist Dina Goebel.

‘Madame S. Caterpillar’ was inspired by the Saturnia Emperor Gum moths we have here and also found around the world. I loved how the bright green bodies of these caterpillars are spotted with bead-like ornaments of bright blue! However only one sub-human caterpillar comes to mind, Absolem from Alice in Wonderland, the fantastical hookah smoking character which Alice bumps into. Madame S. Caterpillar is an extension of this personality – bored with life, encrusted with personal riches, and assessing the little Alice as a droll child.

I have made this fixed doll-like sculpture with air-dry paper clay, glass eyes, hand dyed raw silk cloak trimmed with dyed and beaded mink fur trim. Her body and cloak is decorated in wonderful creatures, colorful Czech glass beads and finished with nice shiny things like Swarovski crystals. The hookah is a tiny Egyptian glass perfume bottle with a hand-made brass pipe; the coat is removable.

36cm high, 12 cm long


  • This is not a child’s toy, rather it is a unique sculpture to be carefully positioned away from direct sunlight and ideally viewed from several angles.
  • Each piece is made with wire armature, artist quality acrylic paints and sealed in strong protection varnish.
  • I recommend storing in display cabinets away from direct sunlight to have a long lasting art work for your home.
  • I package my dolls and sculptures extremely well for global travel and have provided a capped price postage, insurance and express is available at additional cost.
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