We've been following Portland-based artist Joel Henriques, via his amazing kids' craft site Made by Joel, over at Ohdeedoh, and we were not surprised at all to learn that his art for grownups is just as fun and inspiring as his stuff for kids. This recent commission has gotten us excited about the creative potential of nesting dolls all over again. The three biggest are pictured above. Click through to see the full set of fourteen.
Joel handpainted these nesting dolls – the largest is the size of an egg, the smallest is even tinier than a peppercorn – for his photographer friend Lisa, who keeps a blog called Infinite Monkey Theory, where she also blogged the dolls. (Lisa mentions that the set actually contains fifteen dolls, but apparently it was impossible to open the second tiniest.)
Visit Made by Joel to see behind-the-scenes shots of how Joel painted all the pieces in this set. You can also watch a cute stop-motion video that showcases each doll in the set.
To check out (or buy) more of Joel's art – he also creates contemporary still lifes, sculptures, and mobiles – visit his main website.