DABIDA
Dutch and Belgian Institute of Doll Artists


Hannie Sarris Doll Award 2019



We invite you to send your entry for this prestigious Award 2019.

Theme :

"Kintsugi"

The art of precious scars.
Kintsugi (golden “kin” and repair “tsugi") is a Japanese practice from the 15th century that highlights and enhances the breaks thus adding value to a broken object.
So kintsugi teaches us that broken objects are not something to hide but to display with pride.
With this technique it’s possible to create true and always different works of art, each with its own story and beauty,
thanks to the unique cracks formed when the object breaks, as if they were wounds that leave different marks on each of us.
The kintsugi technique suggests many things. We shouldn’t throw away broken objects.
When an object breaks, it doesn’t mean that it is no more useful. Its breakages can become valuable.
We should try to repair things because sometimes in doing so we obtain more valuable objects. This is the essence of resilience.
Each of us should look for a way to cope with traumatic events in a positive way, learn from negative experiences,
take the best from them and convince ourselves that exactly these experiences make each person unique, precious.

How to work out this theme is completely up to you, as long as it is a 3-dimensional figure or group of figures.
All media and styles are allowed such as clay, fabric, abstract, realistic etc.
1 entry per person and NO entry fee!

This competition is open for doll makers from all over the world.


As of November a special page will be available wich allows you to send the information required for participation in this Award.
The link to that page you will find here.

Required data are:
* Minimum 2 and maximum 4 photos of the artwork of art with a overview shot and a portrait.
* The size off the photos should be 600 x 900 pixels, other formats are not accepted.
* your name, postal address, email address, phone number including country code
* use of materials and size of the artwork
* a brief explanation , including the artwork name

All DABIDA artist members will judge the entries on the following criteria:

relation to the theme, expressiveness, originality, personal style, and technique!


The closing date is February 1st, 2019. Early February 2019 all entries will be published on the DABIDA website.
Mid February 2019 we will place the 10 entries which received the most votes from the jury on the DABIDA website.
By the end of February / beginning of March the 3 best entries will be announced.

The makers of the 3 best entries will be invited to be present on the 13th DABIDA day,
where their entries will be displayed during the exhibition
and they will receive a certificate with quotations of the jury.

This will be followed by revealing the winner who will receive the Hannie Sarris Annual Doll Award 2019.

All the nominees will be featured on the DABIDA website during one year.

We wish you all lots of success!


The 3 winners of the 2018 Hannie Sarris Doll Award are


The theme was UPSIDE DOWN




1st place Marina Zimina


2th place Irina Zhmurenko


3th place Claudia Raddi




Winners of previous years can be viewed using these links

  • Winners of the year 2018
  • Winners of the year 2017
  • Winners of the year 2016
  • Winners of the year 2015
  • Winners of the year 2014
  • Winners of the year 2013
  • Winners of the year 2012
  • Winners of the year 2011
  • Winners of the year 2010
  • Winners of the year 2009