What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

The Puppet Mistress



Darya Milova/DollsDarya

Working with clay, fusible plastic, paper, paints, and luxury fabrics, Darya Milova creates stunning puppets and dolls that are like nothing I’ve ever seen. All her characters are impeccably sculpted and painted, then dressed to impress, with elaborate clothing of hand-painted silk, hand-dyed linen and wool, and vintage lace and beads. And all that meticulous attention to detail makes these pieces feel really special and important.

Milova takes her inspiration from paintings, from novels, and from figures in history, but her interpretations seem very original and not at all derivative. And the artist takes great care with her creations. Based in Novosibirsk, Russia, Milova will ship to any country in a custom-made wood box specially crafted for each of her pieces to ensure their safety.

Milova’s stunning work can be viewed and purchased on Etsy.

Epilogue 1: A reader alerted me to the fact that Milova has closed her Etsy shop. Her work can still be viewed here.

Epilogue 2: (2020) I just came across Darya again! She’s back on Etsy. Go check her out!

All images property of Darya Milova, used with permission.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

12 thoughts on “The Puppet Mistress

  1. Another wonderful artistic introduction. Wow! just wow.

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  2. Wow! These are absolutely stunning!

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  3. These are great and somehow I knew they were Russian before I got that far in your text. I am not a doll or puppet person but I can recognise the artistry in these and, you are right, the attention to detail is incredible.

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  5. Darya’s shop on Etsy is closed. Any idea on how to contact her? Thank you.


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