Monthly Archives: May 2012

4 years, 9 months ago 27
Posted in: Book

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Just a little bit of housekeeping with the Enchanted Doll Book. All the books have been sent out, except for a small handful that are still waiting for the shipping fees to be paid. I think our emails might be going to “Spam” or an outdated email address, so just making this post as a reminder. If you haven’t received any information regarding shipping of your copy of the Enchanted Doll book, please email me at inquiries@enchanteddoll.com and we’ll get it straightened out.

Now that the first edition has been (mostly) taken care of, the second edition can begin production. I will announce when pre-orders will be available soon, so keep an eye on this blog for details.

4 years, 10 months ago 28

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I’ve been feeling a little bit worn out, uninspired and travel-sick lately, so this long weekend I took time off dolls to draw another map of my recent travels in Europe. It was either that, or vegging out on the couch and feeling sorry for myself. At least I did something productive. I believe these maps are a side effect of my obsessive-compulsive tendencies towards sorting, organizing and compartmentalizing my experiences, memories, feelings, goals and possessions. And since I’m a visual and a sentimental person, this tendency sometimes manifests in maps. (click for larger images)

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Charting out travels is somewhat cathartic, but it doesn’t cure my wander-lust, only makes it worse. So much of the world still needs to be seen! And I intend to keep adding new routes and journeys to this map until there isn’t any blank space left to draw on.

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These are my mementos of distance. They are fragments of rocks and flora, collected from different places in the world which I’ve visited and brought home with me. Like the rest of my world, they are neatly compartmentalized and labeled. I open one vial, inhale the scent of volcanic pebbles and remember being atop Mt. Vesuvius and the sensation of my earrings swinging against my neck in the strong wind as I look down in wonder at the sprawl of Naples below; I open another, and smell the salty surf breaking on the rocky beach of the Pacific coastline of Vancouver Island; I open a third one, and get transported to a tree-shaded park in Prague, where Chad and I fell sleep one hot summer afternoon while counting clouds…These little bottles are time capsules and I’m a time traveler.

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I also keep this old Flammarion engraving framed where I can always see it, because I find it to be a deeply profound visual representation of human curiosity and our relentless search for new experiences and knowledge about our world and beyond. It shows us needing and reaching for something larger than ourselves and our immediate surroundings. This simple and brilliant drawing deeply resonates with my own longings and inspires me every day.

There is a blank scroll at the bottom of the drawing where I want to insert a quote by R.L Steventson, which says: “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign”.

4 years, 10 months ago 28
Posted in: New Doll

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My Aurum and Muse, before they were separated. I think they miss each other.

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I love them both, but I made them each with different personalities in mind. Can you guess what they are? How would you describe their temperaments based on their facial expressions and features?

4 years, 10 months ago 7
Posted in: Doll Accessories

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Here you go guys; you wanted some shots of the lantern pendant being worn, you got it.

I snapped these really quickly just now, so the lighting and picture quality is not the best, but they convey the message well enough, I think. It can be worn casually on a long chain over tops, sweaters and even coats, and it looks very pretty on a shorter chain with low cut evening wear as well. The good thing about the complimentary chain included with the pendant, is that it’s very long and can be adjusted to a desired size to be worn low on the chest of close around the neck. Or you can use your own, favorite chain altogether if you prefer.

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The batch of orders for next month is nearly full, so if you want to have your little lantern by the end of June, then email inquiries@enchanteddoll.com with “Lantern Pendant” in the subject line. The pendants are $350 CAD. International shipping is available.

Let me know if you have any more questions regarding this Lantern.

4 years, 10 months ago 43
Posted in: Doll Accessories

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Hey folks!

After much debate, I’ve decided to make the silver lantern pendant available to order. It wasn’t an easy decision, because this piece is quite difficult and time consuming to make, requiring a special assembly and a technical casting. But, having gotten a bunch of requests for it, I think I can pull off a very limited number of orders per month.

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I love this Lantern and wear it as a reminder of the things I’ve already done and those I’ve yet to do. It helps me stay focused on my priorities, because whenever I get distracted or lazy, its weight on my chest reminds me that there are still too many dreams yet left to pursue to be lying around on the couch. To me, this little Lantern is a symbol of inspiration, guidance and direction. It’s a beacon of light and hope in a relentless pursuit of happiness which constitutes the essence of life. Perhaps my little charm would mean something profound to you as well.

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Metal: Sterling Silver

Weight: 26 grams

Size: 2″x 1″ (5.1 cm x 2.2 cm) + 3/4″ (18mm) crown bail

Price: $350 CAD

Comes with a crown bail and an adjustable ball chain seen in the picture. Production time is 4-6 weeks. Email me if you are interested in having it made at inquiries@enchanteddoll.com, with a subject line of Lantern Pendant.

Also, which one of the four pictures is your favorite? I can’t decide which one to make the principal shot and need your input.

4 years, 10 months ago 8
Posted in: Book, New Doll, show

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Hey, just a reminder you all, that my first rubenesque doll “Muse of Art Nouveau” will be in the exhibition at Strychnin gallery in Berlin. The show opens on May 11th, but the preview begins today for those who may be interested in this special doll (contact Strychnin for more info).

Also, the gallery has one signed and numbered copy #268 of the sold out, 1st edition Enchanted Doll book available for sale.

4 years, 10 months ago 23
Posted in: site news

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Hello All!

This is not directly related to my recent projects, but does have everything to do with dolls. Rather, with my dream of the day when a doll is no longer thought of as just a toy, but a separate art form.

Last week I’ve had a the pleasure of meeting the Honorary Consul of the Russian Embassy in Canada, Mr. Bardin, had paid a visit to my studio. He can be seen in the picture holding my new rubenesque doll.
And since such serious people have begun to pay attention to dolls, it may be that my dream will soon come true!

I am doubly pleased that the Russian diplomats in Canada are interested in the life of Russian citizens abroad.