About GLOBE FIGURES
by Karl H. Krebs
is a one-man company.
I founded GLOBE
in 1984 in order to produce and market the figures I had begun sculpting as
a side-line, in parallel to my main work as a physicist.
now occupies me full-time, and when needed our son also joins in, doing computer-related
work such as the designing and production of the GLOBE
I spend a good part of my time on the work I really want to do myself, in particular
the preparatory research, sculpting and painting. But at least as much has
to go into other activities which are equally necessary, such as mould-making,
casting master figures, photography, production casting, packing and despatching
orders, attendance at figure shows and administration.
's figures are my own, and I have never sculpted for other firms.
I discovered miniature figures in 1978. Painting
figures soon led on to sculpting,
and this is where I really got hooked. Nobody seemed to find my sudden infatuation
surprising, I have made little models since childhood, have drawn faces since
as far back as I can remember and have long been fascinated by costumes and
the folds of drapery.
My other interest has always been the theatre.
This is also a strong link to figure-sculpting, as miniature scenes are basically
"frozen drama", and our little figures behave on their stage as actors
do on theirs. For the "animation" of my figures, I now draw constantly
on the professional training I once had as an actor, at Jacques Lecoq's school
of movement and theatre.
The theatre connection also explains my choice
of name for the company, referring
as it does to Shakespeare's "Globe Theatre" and reminding us that
"all the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players".
also appealed to me because of my rather mixed background, pointing as it does
beyond the frontiers of a single country. I am of Anglo-German descent, was
brought up in both countries and have also grown strong roots in France, where
I lived for a number of years (PhD at the Nuclear Research Centre in Grenoble,
school of drama in Paris and founding member of the "Théâtre
Setting up and maintaining GLOBE FIGURES instead of sculpting on commission
has allowed me to develop ideas of my own and to release figures and figure
series which would not have appeared otherwise. This explains some distinguishing
To my knowledge, GLOBE
is now the only company in Europe which fully concentrates on civilian
figures. This I want to continue:
making figures within a concept of history which extends well beyond the
military, considering civilization as a whole and encompassing both the
social and the cultural fields. My focus is rather everyday life in the
past, looking at diverse scenes of life as it actually was centuries ago
(or as we believe it was, on the basis of all available evidence).
In line with the civilian emphasis, more
than half my costumed figures are women.
is the first - and as yet the only - company to have started a series of
medieval furniture andfurnishings,
giving the figures a civilian setting to live in.
I have sculpted are not of the "girlie" figure category which
has expanded so strongly in the last 10 years.
My main interest in GLOBE
is making figures, my prime concern the quality
of sculpture. For me, this first means
getting attitude and movement
exactly right from the beginning: if the basic movement isn't true, no amount
of detailing will lead to an expressive figure. In the following, much more
time-consuming stages of work, what I like most is modelling faces (real, individual
faces), sculpting clothes
and positioning and detailing it's folds.
Movement, folds and faces are, I believe, the most important ingredients of
quality in a figure, contributing foremost to its expressiveness. They have
also become Globe's hallmark.
I want you, the buyer, to receive from GLOBE
a figure which will be of excellent taste, a delight to paint, and of a quality
second to none in the field of miniatures.