These cultural icons wooden dolls were morphed into Kokeshis when Becky Kemp discovered a traditional Japanese Kokeshi in a Antiques shop. The paint was chipped and the head wobbled but she loved the simple shape and the effect of painted wood so she took her home with her. Kokeshis traditionally have no arms or legs and are given as gifts of friendship.
Four years ago when her tiny cottage was bursting at the seams with paintings, sketchbooks and wooden figures, she’d made in her spare time, Becky decided to open her online shop Sketch.inc and start selling her iconic Kokeshi Dolls. Six months later she resigned her day job and concentrated on her online business full time. Currently Becky is working from her home studio in the South-East of England.
The Characters were born from Becky’s sketchbook doodles of caricatured Art, Design and Historical icons. She like the idea of celebrating cultural icons who have truly achieved and inspired others against the current appetite for media celebrities glorified for very little.