photographer, artist, musician and clothing designer Christy Kane
has just added moviemaker to the list.
enchanteded with the whimsical side of traditional fairy tales,
Kane focuses her creative energies on the imaginary, wonderful world
of her muses, three of whom are Lily, Callalilly and Polly. A dynamic
and ambitious artist, Kane keeps the girls busy. As of October 2007,
Callalilly is now a movie star.
Callalilly and Polly are handmade dolls that now pinion Kane’s
art, but it wasn’t always the case. Always influenced by the
unusual, Kane, who graduated from New York University Tisch School
of Art with a degree in Fine Art Photography, handmade props, costumes,
and used various specialty photographic films to make the subjects
in her photographs appear otherworldly. During this same period
she started to write stories and poetry and would use her photos
to illustrate them. But something was missing.
Kane’s stories evolved, it became increasingly obvious that
her human subjects were not rendering the feel she wanted to convey.
She wanted to create a more imaginative world while still using
photography as her medium, so she began to make dolls. Lily was
the first, followed by Callalilly, and then Polly. After photographing
the dolls and thinking about their relationship to each other, she
realized that they were indeed Sisters and that is how she discovered
the missing link. Thus the Sisters Kane were born.
has been handcrafting and photographing her dolls ever since, and
has exhibited her photographs, and original one-of-a-kind dolls
at numerous galleries in New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans and
Austin, Texas. Her first book about the dolls, Tales of the Sisters
Kane, was published in October of 2006 by Baby Tattoo Publications.
now, the dolls’ ambitious streak took on a life of its own.
In June of 2007 Kane joined forces with the Chiodo Bros. and New
Image Media to animate one of the tales from her book with live
puppetry. Directed by Stephen Chiodo (Killer Klowns from Outer Space,
Vincent, Team America and Elf), Callalilly is a glimpse into the
world of the Sisters Kane, a world where only dolls exist and valuable
lessons are learned.
enchanting artwork, stories and movies are perfect for children
with a sense of adventure as well as adults who, deep down, still
believe in Peter Pan. And fans of Hillaire Belloc’s “Cautionary
Tales”, the Brothers Grimm, ETA Hoffmann, Tim Burton, Edward
Gorey and Gris Grimly will have no trouble adding Christy Kane to
the list. Christy Kane’s Tale of Callililly, already an official
selection at this year’s Newport Beach Film Festival, is due
for general release in October. Tales of the Sisters Kane is available
now at all good booksellers.
projects include a new blog that will introduce you to more of the
Sisters Kane, and their world….www.sisterskane.com
Catherine of the Wheel
and Martyr – Patron Saint of young women, philosophers, preachers,
theologians, wheelwrights, millers, and other workingmen. Feast
day: November 25
sewn - Materials – cotton fiber, saw dust, vintage fabric and millinery
flowers, glass eyes Antique Wheel
Lady of the Seven Sorrows
Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Mother – Patroness of many Italian
As well as Philippines, Slovakia and the state of Mississippi -
Feast Day – September 15
sewn - Materials – cotton fiber, saw dust, vintage fabric
and flowers, glass eyes,
Music box – plays Ave Maria
Conjoined Triplets Theodora, Maribel, and Constance