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Melbourne, Australia-based artist and designer Hanna Mancini creates incredible, one-of-a-kind art dolls. These lovable creations are completely handmade, and each comes with a unique personality.

Mancini”s art dolls are created using wool felt, and usually include vintage fabrics, trims, lace, and other details collected from secondhand stores or handed down from relatives. This gives the dolls not only some unique flair, but also a personal touch that makes them even sweeter.

To create the dolls, Mancini first starts with a sketch of the completed piece, or at least the general idea of how she wants it to look. Instead of making patterns, she usually cuts the pieces freehand, and allows the doll to come together naturally as she works. Each doll is completely sewn by hand, and some of the more complex designs can take up to 50 hours to complete.

Charlotte Pepper

Charlotte Pepper

“A love of baking (mostly to lick the cake-mix bowl).”

Toffee Troff

Toffee Troff

“A love of souffle.”

Vivian Volte

Vivian Volte

“Her favourite food is alfalfa sprouts with honey and iron filings, and she likes to collect blown lightbulbs and empty matchboxes.”

Peppa Wintergreen

Peppa Wintergreen

“She has amazing hide-and-seek skills and a love of herb gardens.”

Tippany

Tippany

“An interest in sprouts, seedlings, and all things that grow.”

Tangatina

Tangatina

“A love of lemonade and macadamia cookies.”

Mancini grew up in a creative family, with an illustrator and designer dad and a textile artist mom. Due to this background, creating things, she says, comes naturally to her. Her brother, who currently works as a concept artist, is her long-term collaborator.

She started making these dolls in high school. They started out as little gifts for friends, but advanced into real pieces of art as her sewing and design skills continued to evolve. She”s experimented ever since, creating all kinds of delightful creatures.

Laviolette

Laviolette

This doll was made in collaboration with fellow artist Sophie McPike, who goes by homesickpipe on deviantArt.

Petey Pantaloon

Petey Pantaloon

“A quiet disposition and a deep concern about whether snails have feelings.”

Corrupity

Corrupity

“Poor hand-eye coordination and (surprisingly) good humour (despite lacking flesh in several major areas).”

There”s no question the dolls are adorable, but there”s much more to them. They hearken back to a day when people made playthings and art out of what they had available, letting their imaginations and ingenuity shape their creations. Mancini”s dolls, which are only vaguely recognizable as specific animals, take on a sort of totemic identity as well, blending fabrics and designs from different times to create something new.

Espiridiana los Ofrenda

Espiridiana los Ofrenda

This doll was inspired by Day of the Dead imagery.

Pauletta Pilvi

Pauletta Pilvi

“Cheery disposition, relentless worry, and haphazard dinner-party hosting skills.” (Sounds like me.)

Paavo Pathwalker

Paavo Pathwalker

“He enjoys a good chat (in any language whether he understands it or not),
and leisurely strolls in the middle of nowhere.”

Nissa Lester

Nissa Lester

“A bit of sass and mean pan-pipe skills.”

This is just a small sampling of Mancini”s clever, adorable creations. You can see more on her deviantArt page, as well as on Facebook and Instagram. She”s also an illustrator, so be sure to take a peek at her illustrative work. If you want a critter of your own, you can also check out what she has for sale on her Etsy shop.

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