Molly with cigarette Mirror




Milly Molly Mandy sweet as sugar candy, pretty little eyes of blue Every body would be if they only could be walking out with you Wishin on a Monday when I see you Sunday that your heart is true Milly Molly Mandy sweet as sugar candy I’m in love with you                                                     (Glyn Poole, 1973)

Milly-Molly-Mandy stories did not only inspire seventies singer Glen Poole, but also Dutch artist-designer Madeleine Berkhemer. As a child, she was only allowed to look at her mother’s antiquarian Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook with her hands on her back. The main character of Joyce Lankester Brisley’s (1896-1976) books about Millicent Margaretha Amanda, already fascinated Berkhemer as a child: ‘Milly-Molly-Mandy to me is the personalization of woman in general. No woman is only one type of woman, but has something of a split personality. Milly-Molly-Mandy reminds me of the three graces: beauty, virtue and happiness. That’s what I like about them as a symbol; that one woman can be part of different worlds. I wanted to visualize and personalize all three, so that Milly-Molly-Mandy all come to live and reflect to the viewer what he or she would like to see.’