According to the artist’s Tumblr, “These dolls have been rescued and rehabilitated from op-shops and tip shops around Tasmania. These lil fashion dolls have opted for a ‘tree change,’ swapping high-maintenance glitz ‘n’ glamour for down-to-earth style. I hand repaint the dolls faces, mold new shoes, and my Mum sews and knits their clothing.”
When it comes to embodying all things innocuous, toys reign supreme.
Whether they’re fashion-savvy Barbies or Star Wars-themed LEGOs, playthings are consistently innocent. That’s kind of the point. While we deal with the incessant onslaught of adulthood and its many harsh realities, little ones get to whittle away the hours in the company of their favorite plastic, plushy friends.
But one artist and toy designer by the name of Jason Freeny (previously) puts a deliciously dark spin on childhood staples like balloon animals and gummy bears.
As the son of a costume designer and a professor of sculpture and painting, Freeny was destined for quirky, artistic greatness.
It’s not often that we’re invited to spend some time inside an artist’s mind, so if you want to pick up a few models, head over to Amazon. For regular updates, pay Jason Freeny’s website a visit — and you should follow him on Facebook and Instagram while you’re at it!