Monthly Archives: February 2010

6 years, 12 months ago 48
Posted in: fan art, site news

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This is the best Christmas ever!

Uhm, I mean Birthday- it’s the best Birthday ever! Feels like Christmas though, since I’ve never gotten so many birthday gifts.

I wasn’t going to open the entries until the contest deadline of March 13th, but then I thought about it and realized that we would never be able to process, document, judge and display all the gifts on the website in only three days! Therefore, I had decided to begin opening them now, 2-3 gifts a day so as to not get totally overwhelmed when it comes time to choose the winner. Yeah, sure it would have been awesome to open them all on my birthday, but I don’t think it would be fair to contestants because I wouldn’t have time to do it properly all in one day. So, my birthday came early this year and will last for two weeks as I open new surprises every day.

The gifts are beautiful. I’m loving them all, but I’m already wondering what I’ve gotten myself into, because I will somehow have to choose the best one……it will be a very, very tough call. I almost wish I hadn’t started the contest just so that I wouldn’t be in this position of having to choose only one winner out of so many fantastic entries.

My 28th birthday continues….best birthday ever!

6 years, 12 months ago 31
Posted in: Press

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All month I’ve been doing interviews for different media outlets, but mostly glossy magazines about fashion and pop culture. My brain is a bit fried from all the writing and talking about my work because the interview questions get a little repetitive after a while. Some of them have come out already in winter issues, while others are coming out later in the spring. This trendy Ukrainian EGO magazine from Kiev, printed the longest spread on my work so far. It’s 10.5 pages long. Woo-ho.

Most of these upcoming magazines are European, but a couple of them from the States. My resin doll Clymenestra got a cover of April’s issue of Doll Reader magazine with a spread about my upcoming resin line. I’ve requested a preview of the cover from the editor, but they are still thinking about it, I guess, since they apparently don’t usually pre-release those to the public. I hope they will make an exception for me and I can post a preview here. I’m pretty excited about it as it will be my 7th cover of a printed publication. One day I’ll frame them all and hang them up on the walls of my studio. I’ll wait until I have an even number of covers. And enough wall space.

The entire Enchanted Doll spread in EGO magazine can be found in my Published Work section and CV. I haven’t put the text up yet. It’s in Russian.

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European magazines are so much more liberal than North American publications. I love it.

7 years ago 35

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Pencil sketch of the Enchanted Doll logo. I’ve since inked the drawing and passed it on to Chad for digital processig. The purpose of this logo shall remain a secret for now, but soon you will find out what it’s for. You will have to trust me that it’s something really cool. Soon…..

7 years ago 24
Posted in: Doll Accessories

My beloved Lolita’s outfit is finally on ebay. The auction has started today on February 21st and will go on for seven days, ending on Sunday, February 28th.

The outfit includes eight pieces.

1) Sterling Silver Corset with 24k goldplate
2) Sterling silver bra with 24 k goldplate
3) Bronze Stilettos with 24 goldplate
4) 100% poly Stockings with hand stitched floral design.
5) Detachable Garter  straps
6) White slip  with Ruffles
7) French Fan with 24k gold beads, peals and appliqué embroidery.
8 ) Cubic Zirconium and Austrian crystal Hair band

The starting price is $2,320.00 USD  (Two thousand, three hundred and twenty US dollars). Here is the link to the ebay page.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the auctions.

7 years ago 30
Posted in: Uncategorized

underwater

“Under the sea, under the sea-a-a….While we’re devoting full time to floating
under the sea-a-a-a.”

Disclaimer: Porcelain doesn’t float and Enchanted Dolls should not be immersed in a sea, or any kind of body of water.

:)

7 years ago 27
Posted in: Work in Progress

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Aren’t they beautiful?

I’ve coveted an airbrush for years, but was always intimidated by the sheer coolness and sleekness of this little high-tech tool.

I love tools because they provide my hands and imagination with a vehicle for expressing my ideas and realizing my dreams. I never hesitate to purchase equipment which will increase the efficiency and quality of my work, because I consider it a worthy investment in my career. So, understandably, I’ve become a bit of a tool junkie.

The only reason I didn’t already own an airbrush, despite wanting it for years, is because I couldn’t justify the spending of significant funds, nor the time commitment it would require, on a tool that didn’t really have a practical use in my doll-making methods. No matter how much I wanted it to, an airbrush just wasn’t suited for my application and I really had no interest in using it for anything but dolls.

Well, all that changed when resin Enchanted Dolls came into the picture and brought a necessity to expand my painting methods and techniques. Now, an airbrush is no longer an expensive novelty, but a necessary and a valuable tool in achieving my new creative goals. At least that’s my hope. I hope it’s everything it want it to be, because that neat little set up over there, cost me almost as much as one of my ceramic kilns. I’ve never actually tried airbrushing and don’t even know if I’ll like it.

Yep, I may have just wasted a bunch of valuable resources, but it won’t be the first nor the last time I do that in pursuit of a vision. I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it as I go….and if I fail…..oh well….life’s full of risks.

After all, what are the options – not trying?

7 years ago 32
Posted in: Work in Progress

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Chad shot a series of photos of me finishing the first prototypes of the resin parts. It was very different, new process to me as I was familiarizing myself with the new medium. It’s not very rational, but somehow I felt overcome by guilt over working with resin, as if I was cheating on porcelain.  And as I worked, I kept gazing over at my kilns and my porcelain cleaning tools with longing and tenderness, anticipating the moment when i could start another porcelain doll.

At one point I caught myself nostalgically recalling all the endless, mentally straining and incredibly repetitive cleaning sessions of porcelain parts, and those memories were all in slow motion, with soft focus glow and a romantic soundtrack in the background. The very things I hate the most about porcelain process, seemed attractive and pleasant just because they were old, familiar and comfortable friends to me. I’m such a creature of habit. I realized that I was suffering a little bit of separation anxiety and some nervousness in the face of a new creative adventure.

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I did a lot of drilling to expand the inside cavities for springs and even some seam line sanding, even though parts came mostly finished. Porcelain, when sanded in proper set up doesn’t create any dust, nor should it ever be allowed to create dust because it will give you lung cancer. This was different with resin, as these resin parts created a lot of toxic dust, which really freaked me out a lot. Today I ordered a special, industrial dust extraction system for work with resin as well as other sanding and drilling applications. I’ve wanted to have one installed for 3 years now for my jewelry work, and I finally ran out of excuses to not do it. Our health is our most valuable commodity, and a few thousand dollars is a cheap price to pay for not getting lung cancer. So, today I’m happy for my lungs.

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I never take safety regulations for granted anymore and always observe work safe rules, even it seems excessive at times.  Accidents happen when you’re sloppy, distracted or when you’re too confident in your abilities and think you’re above mistakes. I’ve been all of the above at one point or a another, and luckily, suffered only minor injuries and learned to be my own rigorous safety technician. I want to keep all my eyes and fingers intact for as long as I can, to make the most beautiful dolls the world has ever seen. My health is my most valuable commodity.

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These are all the process pictures for now. I will be doing more documentation of the resin line, so, stay tuned.

7 years ago 21
Posted in: site news

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scheherazade-sitting

This fabulous doll, amongst others, was sold at the Dragonspace show opening, and I thought that I should post more pictures of her in farewell.

Despite being inanimate objects, some dolls are more photogenic and easy to shoot than others. Scheherezade here, is a very challenging doll to photograph, which totally puzzles me, because she is so beautiful. Yet, I can never seem to be able to capture her true beauty on film. Well, not film anymore, but pixel. Whatever. I always quit my photo sessions with her, disgusted with myself. Her dress comes alive with a hundred sparkling stars under the electric light, yet her skin looks more balanced in daylight. I can’t seem to find the best solution. Perhaps this speaks louder about my lack of photographic skill or proper lighting kit than the modeling abilities of the doll.

Scheherezade features my first attempt at creating a fully metal, sterling silver head dress and shoes. Her ornate ‘helmet’, so to speak, is the first of its kind. I was able to reproduce the slippers later on, but the head ornament is one of a kind. It was the  first ever wax carving of a metal costume for a doll and the second wax carving I ever attempted. I’m extremely proud of it. The bracelets are one of a kind too.

Making Scheherezade symbolized a very significant accomplishment, which ushered in a new vision of doll-making for me: The era of Enchanted Doll arrived.

Farewell, beautiful Scheherezade. I will  miss you. I promise to make an even more beautiful doll than you.

7 years ago 51
Posted in: Uncategorized

cixi-full

Cixi has been a work in progress for several months now. Although the embroidery on her dress is not finished, she is participating in her second show. I thought that I might as well have a picture of her dress here. I should have her finished in the next 2 months, I think. I can’t wait. I love how she is coming along. She is not available for sale yet, but I will announce her availability once she is finished.

7 years ago 31

sketch-stringing

This is an old sketch from 2003 exemplifying my attempts at figuring out how to connect my first porcelain dolls.

I started out with a very traditional way of making porcelain dolls; lower porcelain extremities with cloth and wire connecting them to the body. I only made two dolls this way before I moved on to making  fully porcelain, ball-jointed dolls. I found that I wanted a doll that could move and be played with freely, while the cloth and wire method allowed for only basic and non-expressive movement. Porcelain dolls made this way are better suited for sitting on the shelf like dressed figurines and that wasn’t enough for me. So, I abandoned it and began developing a different way.

A lot of people ask me how I learned making dolls and I never really know how give a simple answer, because it wasn’t a simple, straightforward journey. It’s not like I went to a bookstore one day, picked up a book and went:” Oh, look everything I need to know about making dolls is right here. I’ll just read it and become a doll artist!” It wasn’t like that. I figured it out as I went. I’m still figuring it out. You just have to want something bad enough and then you can turn the world over to get it.

My present method of making articulated dolls is combination of several different techniques and a result of years of research, observation and trial and error.  I can’t attribute it to any single source or even fifty sources, because I looked and studied and absorbed and discarded a lot of information for a long time before I put it all together in a comprehensive technique. Thank goodness for the Internet- I honestly don’t know how artists did it before.