About the Artist

Knecht Ruprecht is dedicated to OOAK artist made Waldorfdolls for any occasion and for every age. Marie, the artist behind Knecht Ruprecht, believes in the importance of dolls and dollplay and it is a pleasure for her to create these important little friends.
Since her own Waldorfschooling she has created handmade toys from natural materials. That makes more than twenty five years of experience in Waldorf Doll and Toy making.
Marie grew up in a family of artists, with lots of selfmade and handcrafted goods around herself. Her mother is a ceramic artist, her father is a painter and is running a gallery. Very soon in her childhood she started painting and sculpturing in the atelier of her parents.

During her time as a Waldorfstudent she was educated in all different kinds of arts and craftsmanships. After having finished her studies in Visual Fine Arts at the University of Art and Industrial Design in Linz she started working as an independent artist in the fields of media art, installation art, film and photography and has exhibited her work at a number of national and international institutions.
Since she is a mother to a little daughter and a little son she started working on dolls and wooden toys for her children. Some friends asked if she could create dolls and wooden toys for them too and so she started to sell her handcrafted treasures. She lives and works with her family in the north of Austrias countryside.

2002 - 2006 PhD Programme 
University of Art and Industrial Design, Linz
2001  Master of Fine Arts
University of Art and Industrial Design, Linz
1994 - 2001 Experimental Visual Design
University of Art and Industrial Design, Linz
1994  Rudolf Steiner School, Linz 

Grants and Awards
June 2006 - July 2006 LinzExport 
SIM House, Reykjavik, Iceland
March 2003 - August 2003 
Austrian Government Foreign Studio, Fujino, Japan.
April 1998 - June 1998 
University of Fine Arts, Bilbao, Spain 
August 1998 First Prize, 
International competition for the exhibition