Monthly Archives: January 2010

7 years, 7 months ago 31

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They didn’t really come out of the mold in one piece, but my complicated models rarely do, so it’s business as usual. The waxes require extensive touch ups for casting, but that is always the case with my stuff because of the sheer size. The most important part is that there is no warping of the general form of the pillar, as that was the biggest concern. I am quite relieved now as this  was the most complicated part of the entire coffin project. But who knows, I might come up with something even more complicated to make tomorrow. I’m weird like that.

It’s almost a little bit masochistic: I don’t seem to like a quiet, peaceful, trouble-free existence. I always need to deal with some sort of a problem to feel like my life has meaning. I think I inherited this trait from my parents who are pretty adventurous, cooky couple that also can’t seem to live a simple, uncomplicated life. Like my mom and dad like to say: “First we create our problems, and then we heroically resolve them!”

Unfortunately I won’t have this pillar in time for the opening of the Dragonspace show as my casting techs are too booked up with Olympics coming up, but perhaps half way through I might be able to sneak it in. Don’t know yet.

Lolita’s outfit is finally going up on Ebay auction on February 21st. It took me a long time to bring myself to part with it. Seriously, this time it’s for realz y’all.

ATTENTION CONTEST PARTICIPANTS: Mailing deadline has been extended to March 13th.

And that big news I mentioned earlier is still coming up!

7 years, 7 months ago 27
Posted in: show

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The Winter Olympic Games are coming to Vancouver on February 12th,2010 and I will be displaying my personal collection of Enchanted Dolls in a local gallery/shop of magical and mythological creatures, called Dragonspace. The show opens on February 6th and runs until March 6th, 2010.

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Dragonspace is located on Granville Island, in the heart of the beautiful Vancouver city. Historically, this place used to be an industrial area, but over the years it has transformed into an arts and crafts and a cultural heritage site. The tiny island is a home of little various galleries and local artisan studios, as well as gourmet markets, coffee shops, bakeries, restaurants, performance centres and live street performances.

The whole neighbourhood has a very nostalgic and artsy feel to it with its brick paths, defunct rail tracks, wooden docks, Aquabus ferry shuttles to nearby downtown and old industrial warehouses converted into galleries and trendy shops. Not to mention million dollar views onto the glassy down town Vancouver. On warm summer days, Chad and I hop on our bikes and ride to Granville Island market for breakfast. It’s also very common to have your breakfast stolen by the seagulls if you sit outside.

This one of our most popular tourist attractions. Showing in this location has a sentimental significance to me because Emily Carr University of Art and Design is located here too, just down the street from Dragonspace, and that’s where I spent five years of my life getting an art education.

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So, if you’re local to the West Coast, come down and see Enchanted Doll at Dragonspace, on Ganville Island as well as experience some Olympic city. The whole world will be coming here in a couple of weeks! I will have some nudes available for sale and a couple of costumed dolls. The rest will be Not For Sale work from my personal collection. Please stand by for more purchasing details as well as which dolls will be available and the pricing.

Look forward to a BIG announcement on Tuesday, February 2nd.

Also, you’ve got to see this amazing time lapse video of Vancouver. I can’t believe I live here! Seriously, all the places they show in the video are from my neighborhood and are intimately familiar to me from my daily routines. My very building is even in a few frames.

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Photo of Vancouver isn’t related to the timelapse video, but is by Martin Kryzwinski.

7 years, 7 months ago 34

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I had a really vivid dream the other night, about looking down at a beautiful doll clad in bronze armor in my hands.

Even though my dolls are strung so tight that they never go limp, this doll just hung limp in my hands under the weight of this enourmous, intricate armor as it was sliding off her shoulders. Her long, jet black hair was spilling all across her bare shoulders and streamed like sand through my fingers as I held her, in thick, wavy locks. She was sleeping.

I woke up with this image burned into the back of my eyelids like a still frame. I might make it someday. When I have time to learn how to make armor for dolls. I think I’ve got my hands full with learning how to make bronze coffins for the moment. I know it’s possible. This amazing Canadian artist Jeff de Boer made armor suits for mice. And if it’s possible to make armor for a mouse, then making one for a 13″  tall, ball-jointed, porcelain doll has got to be a piece of cake, right? How hard can it be really?(Read: sarcasm)

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Isn’t this amazing?                                                                                                                                                                                                      I should look into chasing and other metal shaping techniques. Off I go.

ATTENTION CONTEST PARTICIPANTS!

The deadline for mailing in the entries has been extended to March 13th.

7 years, 8 months ago 34

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So, after all that hard work trying to guess the purpose of this object, I suppose I should tell you what it is already. All the guesses, with the exception of a pony, were pretty accurate and relevant.

It was kind of a trick question though, because I designed this piece with multiple functions in mind and can make it into many things that were called: it can be a fancy stool or an armchair leg, a throne pillar or a bench, a stand for a doll case, a column for a doorway arch or a frame for a Gothic window, a post for a canopy bed and a mirror frame….heck, I’m pretty sure I can even make it into a pony.  I declare everyone a winner!

However, the guess about it being a “fancy grave statue/ funeral monument“, was closer to the primary function of this piece than the rest.

You see, I’m making a new coffin for a new Snow White doll! I’m aiming for a very Gothic aesthetic, with lots of spires and ornamental bronze framework, embellishing and encasing a glass chamber. If it works the way I envision it, it will be spectacular.  A worthy vessel for an Enchanted Doll. This one pillar is just the beginning of the project. I will try to finish the legs to have it displayed in my Vancouver show, but I don’t know if everything will work out as planned. Tomorrow I will find out if molding and wax injections have worked out. If they haven’t, well, that’s very bad.

The longing to make a much more beautiful glass coffin has been tugging at me ever since I finished the first one in 2006 and realized I could do much better. During my trips to Europe, I visited countless cathedrals and always go down to their underground treasuries and tombs for research. The things that I love to admire the most  are exquisite glass and precious metal, holy relic holders. They are truly spectacular and intricate little things that heavily inspire this coffin project. These are just some of the relic holders I’ve come across and by far not the craziest ones. I believe they are from Florence.

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Although these are incredible, my favorite relic holders are those done in a Gothic architectural style, with tiny spires and windows and aches made to  look like they are miniature cathedrals themselves. Like these:

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This is kind of what I dream of making.

I find Gothic architecture to be crazy beautiful and ultimately want to have a glass coffin that resembles it and could belong in an ancient treasury, along with other precious relics. Except instead of some dead guy’s dry bones or shriveled up internal organs or something equally gross, there will be a beautiful, porcelain doll sleeping inside.

My plan is to have it completed by my Berlin solo show. I hope to succeed.

7 years, 8 months ago 193
Posted in: Work in Progress

This…

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Can you guess what it is?

Since a lot of people seem to like seeing progress shots, I’ve documented making this wax model. Enjoy.

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1) A block of jeweler’s wax is cut in two with a jeweler’s saw. I have a loose design in mind at this point. Still working it out in my head.

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2) The block is carefully measured out into to different sections as the design is decided on. I am now committed to this way of action. The rudimentary design is sawed out with a jewelr’s blade and then filed down to a smoother texture and more precise lines.

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3) Sawing and filing modeling wax creates a lot of fine dust and chips. Within moments a clean surface can be transformed into a messy one. I have to clean it every few minutes to maintain a comfortable and clean working environment.

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4) The model used to be the other half of the wax block. I’m terrible with straight lines, mathematical precision and symmetry. Terrible. Organic lines are a lot easier to achieve for me than something perfectly geometrical. I’m also impatient and can’t stand the meticulous drawing out of models on paper. They turn out to be pretty sloppy because most of my calculations are done in freehand mode, right on the final piece. In other words-I make it up as I go along. Perhaps that’s a bad practice.

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5) Grooves are made in each of the four sides of the piece for decorative filling. My wrist is rather tired at this point from pushing my rough carving tools. It’s not time yet for my precision jeweler’s gadgets, but even then a lot of pressure is required to carve this hard wax with tiny scrapers and files.

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6) Beginnings of a rudimentary design on the first panel. My favorite method of sculpture is a simultaneous subtraction and addition of mass. I carve some away and I add some back with my heating wax pen. My wax pen is one of my most invaluable tools. Ever. I feel intimately connected to it, as if it’s an extension of my fingers.

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7) This is a piece in an advanced stages of modeling. At this point i’ve put about 40 hours of wrist-breaking labor in it. And that doesn’t count the hours I spent thinking about it prior to starting. Despite all that thinking, I still don’t usually know exactly what I making, until I’m making it. I love Flow.

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8 ) Identical design on the second panel. Not sure yet what will happen to the rest of it. I’m in a big hurry and racing through this….one tedious millimeter at a time… It’s been 3 days of non stop work and I hope to have the whole thing completed in another 3.  I should be fine if my arms don’t kill me first. And don’t even get me started on my fingers. To be continued…..

Well, have you guessed what I’m making yet?

7 years, 8 months ago 41
Posted in: site news

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I hope you guys have been busy creating entries for the second annual contest to win a nude Enchanted Doll!

I’ve been thinking about the details long and hard and finally came up with the format of this year’s contest. Sorry it took me so long to hammer out these details, but my life is kind of crazy right now.Well, actually, it’s always crazy, so it’s business as usual. I might need a ghost writer for this blog soon.

Here are the rules: There are no rules! No, just kidding. There are rules, but not too many.

The birthday contest works like this: You make whatever you want , as beautifully and as artfully as you can, send it to me and I choose my favorite “gift”. Whoever made the best entry wins the contest, and a nude doll. Because there are no restrictions on the mediums and the entries will be so diverse, runners up will receive a small prize as well.

1) Submission dates:  January 30th- March 1st, 2010. No later submissions will be accepted. I must have all the entries to properly judge and pick a winner.

2) Winner will be announced on my birthday, March 16th, 2010.

3) Size limitations: Entry must fit within 2’h x 2’w x 2’d. Metric 60cm x 60cm x 60 cm (If your gift is bigger than the specified dimensions, email me at contests@enchanteddoll.com. Some exceptions may be possible.)

4) Maximum of 2 entries per person.

5) Any medium is accepted: 2d, 3d, paintings, digital, drawings, photographs, prints, tattoos, textile, embroidery, jewelry, sculpture, short films, poetry, edible art, music, mixed media etc., as long as they don’t exceed the size restrictions.

6) All work must be inspired by Enchanted Doll™ and accompanied by a title, materials and a written paragraph explaining it.

7) Every single entry sent to me will be displayed in the special annual birthday contest section on my site. By sending a submission, contestants automatically agree to have their work displayed on Enchanted Doll site.

8 ) Submission Terms. By submitting artwork to Enchanted Dollâ„¢ you agree to the following: That the artwork is original artwork that you have created. That you are submitting your artwork with no expectation of compensation (other than a chance to win a doll). That you give Enchanted Dollâ„¢ permission to alter, distort, and/or adapt your work for the purposes of displaying it digitally or otherwise. That while the artist retains the copyright to their submitted work, you forfeit ownership of submitted art to Enchanted Dollâ„¢

9 ) Shipping fees are responsibility of the contestant. All entries must be marked as gifts and contest entries, otherwise they are subject to taxation and duty fees on the border. Entries that require Enchanted Doll pays duty on them, will not be accepted.

10) Prior to submitting the work, entrants will contact contests@enchanteddoll.com with details of the work to be submitted to receive shipping information. This way each entry will be expected and anticipated by us to avoid anything being “lost in the mail”.

If you have any questions, email me at contests@enchanteddoll.com. If your gift is bigger than the specified dimensions, email me. Some exceptions may be possible.

The contest is now officially open! Go and create your entry! Make sure it’s here by March 13th.

Good luck! I look forward to be blown away by all the talented artists out there!

7 years, 8 months ago 24
Posted in: Rant!

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People often ask me for the sources of my inspiration. It’s a standard and seemingly straightforward question for an artist to encounter on regular basis; just list the artists you admire, right, nothing more to it?

It’s not as easy to answer as it seems. In fact, I’ve began to find it very annoying lately. I always hesitate with my response to this most predictable of questions because I find inspiration everywhere and it’s very difficult to separate your entire life into neat little compartments of profoundness and non-importance. The truth is that every single second of my life, every single object I’ve seen, every life encounter I’ve had and every interaction I’ve experienced, are continuous constructive forces of my inspiration. Everything I see is internalized and processed into information that is expressed through my work. Yes, sure, like every other creative individual art, books, music, fashion, design and other artists inspire me a lot.  But so do kitchen forks and my hair brush. Garbage trucks can be very inspiring under the right circumstances. And don’t get me started on tin foil- that stuff is awesome!

Perhaps it’s completely unreasonable of me to be annoyed at this question. I keep telling myself that I should be flattered that some people want to know what makes me tick. It is after all an excellent ego massage. It’s just, I can’t seem to help but find it very futile. Yes, on one hand I know exactly the type of art I love and can give you 50 artists I worship off the top of my head, but does a short list of a few preferred famous names, books and art movements really tell one anything significant about another person? It says almost nothing, because there are  thousands of other people with the same short list as you. It’s our unique lives and deeply individual experiences which we live through every day, that make up our inspiration and our influences. But perhaps I’m wrong …..?

This is why I find the question about my inspirations very unsettling and difficult to answer. How far do I go? Where do I stop? Good thing magazine interviews have a word limit.

Also, this is why I’m going to create a new section on my website where I try to identify as many separate and important inspiration sources which influence and shape my world and my work. A map of self.

I’ll also do a weekly blog entry about the inspiration of the week. Perhaps some obvious patterns will emerge.

About the picture. It was taken for fun. Prosthetic leg was attached to this doll temporarily, while I was evaluating the project goals. I’m still evaluating them.