Coleccionistas is an active doll community based in Madrid, Spain, who will be hosting the Madrid Doll Show this fall.
The Black Swan Company is an emerging OOAK doll based in Italy. You can also find their creations on their Ebay page. Please see their latest offerings.
This is the first OOAK Silkstone produced by The Black Swan Company is "White Swan Prima Ballerina." Isn't she amazing?
|White Swan Prima Ballerina Silkstone OOAK Barbie|
The Black Swan Company was named after their first OOAK doll "The Black Swan" which caused a sensation in the collector world. The company features beautiful styling with a focus on ballet, dance and fantasy.
Principal designer Francesco Catalano's focus stemmed from his love of music: "The inspiration about ballet and dance depends on my love for the music. I am a musician and I study piano and flute since I was 9 years old. I have been in the conservatory of music with flute and I got a degree. In the world I lived I had the chance to see opera and ballet and I fell in love with The Swan Lake, Cinderella, Emerald, Don Quixote and many others I had the chance to see. I [have] love[d] Barbie since [the age of ] 5 so I tried to mix my two biggest passion in my life. The Black Swan Company is the final result of who I am.
The doll making process is not easy! Francesco notes that, "In one year we were able to produce more than 50 dolls. 5 artists work about a week 8 hours at day to create one of our dolls." [This does not include those] who work for the boxes, printings and certificates. Sometimes a doll requires more time, like Evanora the Witch of East who required almost 20 days of work.
Francesco's favorite Barbie is Wind Rider, a true beauty and one of my faves! I encourage you to learn more about OOAK artists and support these artists. They are the ones who bring our favorite dolls to life in new and exciting ways! Don't forget to check out The Black Swan Company's Facebook page and follow this amazing OOAK doll company and their future creations.