I'm Ioanna Tsouka, a special education teacher by day, but I moonlight as a doll maker.
I created "Anima ex Manus" in March 2015, when I decided to leave my home country (Greece) and start a new life in a Northern European city; a new beginning that took all the weight off my shoulders, in a way that I could breathe free again.
Each one of my pieces is handmade and unique, telling their own tales "of woe and misfortune".
What I love most about my work is the connection that creates between me and the world, collectors, artists, and everyone that supports and encourages my artistic endeavours. It's truly a magical thing: when my work resonates with people on a deeply emotional, almost subconscious level, leaving space for interpretation through the metaphors and symbolisms integrated in my dolls and stories. It feels as if we're all weaving our most well-hidden secrets into the fabric of this world, each one telling their own tales and narratives, and altogether telling a bigger story.