Doughnut Shop Girl
Artist's notes on style, materials and inspiration:
This super stylish (and yummy) wood girl was inspired by one of Kengo Kuma & Associates' smaller projects: a Kyoto doughnut shop.
Located within the Shinkyogoku-dori pedestrian shopping street in Kyoto, Koé Donuts is a recent venture of the Koé brand, one that tries to encompass the world of fashion, urban design and food. The store was designed by Kengo Kuma, with artistic direction by Shun Kawakami and illustration + the Koé Donuts character by Yu Nagaba.
Styled like a 'cave of bamboo' the ceiling is loosely covered with 572 traditional hexagonal weave baskets made from local Arashiyama bamboo, made by traditional craft workshop Takesada Shoten.
The walls and floors are polished concrete, with all the ducting and services visible behind the baskets. The colours are soft and neutral, with little pops of white neon signage, and the purple of some of the packaging.
The motto on the door reads "life happens donut helps" - can't argue there!
You can watch where the flour is made in the 'powder factory' and see the donuts being prepared - in particular the signature 'donut melt strawberry'.
This wood girl is turned from American Tulipwood, a sustainable and interestingly grained timber, the pieces are turned by a production wood turner in the UK to my designs, then added to and painted by me, a British artist. Finished in a matt finish acrylic protective top coat.
Approximately 16.5cm in height - refer to last image for a height comparison with a larger doughnut girl piece.
My pieces are painted in a naïve and simple style, with visible brush strokes and differing paint consistencies. It is important to note that these dolls are made from real wood which will have naturally occurring markings and grain, and sometimes there will be small amount of bleeding along the grain, or knots, which is to be expected when using untreated wood - please make sure you consult the pictures carefully before purchasing.
PLEASE NOTE: Wood girls should be kept away from water which can damage the wood and painted surface, and also away from direct heat/ sunlight which also can affect the surface colour and the timber itself.