Artist profile: Curious Pip (Sarah Burford)

Artist profile: Curious Pip (Sarah Burford)

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve sketched characters and costumes whilst watching old movies.

Curious Pip is Sarah Burford’s doll and art company: both her hand-made dolls and watercolors are based on glamorous ladies from the 1920s and 1930s. I found her while I was researching Nell Brinkley.

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Burford’s style is super-cute. Her ladies have a great 1920s-1930s look, with the thin eyebrows and cupid’s-bow lips, and she does hairstyles and clothes really well. Her watercolors look pretty much exactly like her dolls (or is it the other way around?); and of course I’m jealous of someone who can produce such adorable works in a medium I have so much trouble with. I’m also jealous of someone who can hand-sew so well and make such small outfits!

Burford was awarded the Best Vintage Artist of 2014, bestowed by the National Vintage Awards, for very good reason! Below are some of my favorite watercolors and dolls, and I encourage you to visit Curious Pip.com for her portfolio, The Curious Pip Blog for lots of photos, and The Curious Pip Shop!

Merle Oberon doll with photograph of the actress
Merle Oberon doll with photograph of the actress

watercolor of Merle Oberon with flower on top
watercolor of Merle Oberon with flower on top
Myrna (Loy) Knows Hats
Myrna (Loy) Knows Hats
Myrna Loy as Nora Charles from The Thin Man, with dog Asta
Myrna Loy as Nora Charles from The Thin Man, with dog Asta
Asta from The Thin Man (so cute!)
Asta from The Thin Man (so cute!)
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