Monthly Archives: April 2011

6 years, 7 months ago 30
Posted in: Work in Progress

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For the last few months I’ve been concentrating on completing several one of a kind projects I started a while ago, but never finished for one reason or another. I don’t like having unfinished business; it weighs on me like a brick tied around my neck, and so, finally completing two of my grandest projects is a huge relief to me. Cixi is nearly there, but there was another unfinished costumed doll I’ve been working on simultaneously. It’s just about done and I hope to finish her next week. Care to guess which one I’m talking about?

6 years, 7 months ago 32
Posted in: Uncategorized

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This box contains about 60 of my old paper dolls made between 1990-1998, that survived a move to Canada. Apparently I was into Sailor Moon and the X-Files in 1998. Most of my dolls back then were inspired by either stuff I saw on TV, or the boys I liked in real life.

Sadly, all the dolls made prior to 1990 have turned into dust, while many more others were lost during our move to Canada in 1997, when KLM lost almost all of my family’s luggage. Everything we owned was in those bags. Yup, we quite literally arrived as the new immigrants with nothing more than the clothes on our backs. The missing luggage was never recovered. True story.

Another true story: My very first nude paper doll was confiscated by my grandmother in 1988, who didn’t think it was appropriate for a six year old girl to be making and playing with nude female dolls. And I didn’t even draw that doll – she was a cut out from a magazine photo of a Neoclassical painting.

I was spell-bound by the woman in the painting, so I cut her out and made her into my doll. She was painted only down to her thighs and thus was a legless doll, but still she was so beautiful, that 22 years later I still mourn her loss. I wonder if that incident was in some small way responsible for my love of making nude dolls. It’s like I’m trying to recreate that first lost doll over and over and over again. Or, perhaps that had nothing to do with it and I just always liked a nude human form. I wish I knew the artist of that painting so that I could find it again. But, unknown to me, it remains locked in the memories of my childhood.

Perhaps some of you may recognize it from my description?

The woman with white, marble-like skin, is in the foreground, painted down to her thighs. She has a full neoclassical figure, with a small waist and round thighs. She is nude, except for a sheer, completely translucent undergarment of some sort, with a delicate ruffled collar. Her round face is framed by waves of raven hair locks, gathered up behind her. Her lips are very red, small and puffy. In one full hand she is holding what I think, is a delicate golden arrow. The tones of the background are kind of deep bluish-green. That’s all I remember about it. There may have been other people in the painting, in fact, I kinda think there were, but she was the focal point, and that was what my brain retained. I was blinded by her beauty to the rest of the painting.

Does that sound familiar to any one here? Please let me know. It would mean so much to me to see it again.

And that was the blast from the past.

6 years, 7 months ago 44
Posted in: Uncategorized

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Remember when I said that three birthday contestants guessed my current projects? The first one was a battered doll, and this is the second one: a jointed paper doll by Cynthia. Actually, a last year’s contestant has also submitted a jointed paper doll, but the idea of converting the photos of my dolls into paper dolls didn’t occur to me until a few months ago.

At first I wanted to do it just as a distraction, for fun, but then I realized that some Enchanted Doll fans may really enjoy making and playing with them too. This was confirmed by the positive response to the contest entry. So, I designed them with simple assembly in mind, and now they are available for sale.

For the moment there are 4 designs: Cinderella, Sapphire, Echo and Imperial Concubine. They are printed on a 8.5″ x 11″ (21.5cm x 28cm) sturdy card stock along with easy assembly instructions. All you have to do is cut them out and join the dots with supplied brads. A laminated version is available too, which I personally really prefer, because it protects the dolls from finger oil and makes them more durable and completely scratch-resistant.

Un-laminated, $8.50 CND each. Sapphire is $10.50 CND

Or, $29.50 CND for a pack of all four dolls.

Laminated version is $12.50 CND each. Sapphire is $14.50 CND

Or, $45.50 CND for a pack of all four laminated dolls.

I took some snap shots of the assembled dolls. Sorry if they are a bit blurry. I’m sick right now and my hands aren’t steady.

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Cinderella paper doll.

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Sapphire paper doll. She is a deluxe version, with highly articulated and expressive strands of hair.

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Sweet little Echo with her little feet.

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And Imperial Concubine in her royal splendor.

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Better pictures coming soon, but the dolls are available now. Just email me at inquiries@enchanteddoll.com with a subject line of Paper Dolls.

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You may or may not know this, but I started my doll-making career with jointed paper dolls when I was a little girl. I used to draw them by hand, assemble them with wires and sell them to my classmates for pocket change. I was a 10 year old entrepreneur. So, making these paper dolls was kind of a nostalgic blast from the past. It reminded me of where I came from.

6 years, 8 months ago 140
Posted in: New Doll

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A few months ago I decided to finally create 3-5 pieces of the costumed limited edition of the porcelain doll Dunyazade. I began making this one, and soon discovered that I would be unable to replicate her gorgeous sterling silver accessories such as her belt, her head dress and bracelets again, because I could not purchase the right components anywhere. My best gemstone supplier from India was gone.

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After being initially upset, I decided to offer her as a one of a kind doll, seeing how her accessories can not be made again. Aside from my original proof copy of Dunyazade 1, kept in my private collection, this is the only other Dunyazade to be available for sale.

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She comes with the original and one of a kind Amethyst and sterling silver head jewels, a new Amethyst, Garnet and Sterling belt, a pair of filigree sterling bracelets, a sterling neck piece and a pair of sterling silver Persian slippers. Her extra long, mohair wig is magnetic and removable and her dress is a silk-like 100% fine polyester with a permanent, UV resistant dye sublimation print of original bead embroidery. It can be washed and ironed if desired. A custom metal stand and an ED tin box are included.

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On the one hand, I’m really saddened by the fact that I can’t make Dunyazade as a small limited edition run, but on the other hand I’m almost relieved that I don’t have to do it again because of the complexity of her intricate accessories. I think the universe is telling me in its own language that there should only be one of this doll.

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Dunyazade is $19,500 CND

A 3 month payment plan is available on request.

Please email me (inquiries@enchanteddoll.com) if you have any questions.

6 years, 8 months ago 16
Posted in: Press

You know what I just realized, I never think to announce my upcoming media appearances in advance. Usually, there is a gap of a few weeks to a few months between the time I do an interview to when it actually comes out. I get an editing deadline, but I am never sure which issue the articles end up being in, so I always forget to announce it. Well, I decided to write it all down so that you guys in different parts of the world can anticipate these publications coming out and could pick it up once it does.

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Presently, my Brazilian fans can read an article about my work in LOLA magazine, which came out in Sao Paulo in March. The Enchanted Doll spread is sandwiched between a Christian Bale interview (whom I love) and an article on Lady Gaga’s (whom I don’t love) and other pop icons’s fashions. At least that’s what I think it’s about, because I can’t read Portuguese. On a related note: What the heck is my work doing sandwiched between a movie star and a pop star? It weirds me out, but in a very good way.

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Also, there is a Russian language magazine Вся Европа, that came out in Berlin, Germany last month.

Ok, upcoming publications with Enchanted Doll features are as follows:

1) Fashion Drawing book by Michele Wesen Bryant comes out later April 2011 in the States, but is available to purchase through amazon worldwide.

2) Making It: Case studies of successful Canadian visual artists, book by Chris Tyrell is coming out June 2011.

3) Rob Report magazine: China. Spring 2011

4) ROJO magazine: Brazil. Spring/summer 2011

5) Female magazine: Brazil. Sometime in spring 2011

6) YOHO magazine: China. Spring/summer 2011

7) Milijonair magazine: spring 2011 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

8.  L’Officiel magazine: Moscow, Russia. Sometime in spring 2011.

9) Palace Costes magazine: Paris, France. Spring/summer 2011.

10) Grace magazine: China. Spring 2011.

11) New Express Daily: Australia. Spring 2011.

12) Adore magazine: Athens, Greece. Spring/summer 2011.

I think that’s it for now. Please email me when you see these magazines in print!

6 years, 8 months ago 27
Posted in: Uncategorized

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We had a visitor today at the Enchanted Doll head quarters.

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I fed it once a few weeks ago, when it somehow ended up on the balcony, and now it comes back several times a day, waiting for almonds. Today it showed up and pressed its little paws on the glass with an unmistakable sense of entitlement, wanting to come in. So, I let him in to the studio. Because who can resist a face like that?

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He got comfortable there pretty quickly and hung out with us while we fed him things and eventually had to return to work after taking, like, a million pictures.  It was weird having a wild animal run around and climb stuff while you’re trying to work. It ended with him peeing on the floor and me locking him out. He refused to leave, curling up on the balcony for a while.

He’ll be back tomorrow. I think I’ll name him and then put him on the Enchanted Doll payroll.

6 years, 8 months ago 36
Posted in: Doll Accessories

Last week all the shoe orders from January with the exception of two pairs have been mailed out to you guys. So, expect them in the mail in a couple of weeks. They are so yummy looking; I just want to eat them up!

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In the meantime, enjoy some pictures of a several new shoe finishes I’ve been playing around with. They are also available to order now.

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I added three more colors to Marie-Antoinette 24k gold plated and synthetic-enameled Macaroon Collection. From left to right are Creme Macaroon, Fuchsia Macaroon, Rose Macaroon and Lavender Macaroon. I left the soles uncovered, because as my new assistant had told me: “Marina, deliberately covering up gold is ridiculous. Don’t be ridiculous please”. I’ve decided to heed her her advice. This time. They are $485 CND each.

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These are new and adorable additions to the Hopscotch enameled Candy Collection. From left to right are Red Candy, Lavender Candy and Turquoise Candy. These are synthetic-enameled bronze. No gold plate this time, but they totally could be. Hopscotch Candy shoes in un-plated bronze are $350 CND and $385 CND for plated.

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Turquoise Candy

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Red Candy

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All the Candies!

Which one is your favorite Candy?

You can find more information on the shoes here.

PS: Post about a birthday contestant guessing my current project #2 is up next.