Back in Town!

8 years ago 21
Posted in: show, travels

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Hey gang, I’m back from my recent exhibitions in Russia and travels in Scandinavia! It was both a prolific and an adventurous trip, if a little bit stressful. But then again, Chad and I are not the ones for relaxing vacations, exactly, so it was business as usual.

I spent the last couple of weeks decompressing from the intensity of the last 3 months of show preparations and a month of bouncing around Europe, by enjoying quiet domesticity and drawing a map of our adventures (link goes to a large version of the map). I think I might start doing that for every trip we take, as I found it to be a therapeutic and a reflective exercise. It was nice to be painting something other than dolls for a little while, and it gave me a flashback to my high school assignments. Can you tell I’m a fan of Indiana Jones movies? I even liked the last one…..

Well, I’m jumping back into studio work for the next 5 weeks to complete another costumed doll/s for upcoming shows later this year, and then Chad and I are off to China for a research trip in August. In the meantime I’ll be taking more orders for paper dolls, shipping out prizes to the Birthday 2010 contestants and and and…… showing you some new things, of course! I might sneak a couple of videos and pictures from St.Petersburg shows too.

It’s good to be back!

21 Responses

  1. Yay! Love the map. Very inspiring. Looking forward to the paper dolls. Sent email about that weeks ago, didn’t know how else to place order. Hope that’s okay. Wonderful to be reading your blog post again. Congratulations on your exhibits! Happiness!

  2. Amal says:

    …Ditto! – We missed you!
    That’s a beautiful map and a great memento. Once I was fascinated by an ancient map of Asia shaped like Pegasus, I kept copying it… your is very creative! Especially, love the hand-drawn typeface and the shield!

  3. Annina says:

    wow, the map is so beautiful, as a former cartographer i really enjoy looking at it!
    it’s a great idea to remember your travels.

    still bummed that your visit wasn’t possible when you were so close, it’s weird because my feeling told me you’d come, but obviously it was not to be and i’m sure it had some higher reasons.

    glad that you are back and as always looking forward to Enchanted Doll news :)

  4. Ya Hoo she is back in the building. So happy to see you…ah hear from you.

  5. Jayne Wourms says:

    Your map is really lovely. What a brilliant idea. It seems everything you touch turns to beautiful!!!
    Welcome back.

  6. Astera says:

    Welcome back! It’s always good to relax after a long trip. Love the map…it’s a nice synthesis of your travel, condensing memory and impression into one rich work of art. :)

  7. Eiko says:

    Wow, you’re going to China. That sounds really interesting. Have you ever been to that region before? Where in China will you go for research? I’ve been there before and I think it’s an absolutely wonderful country with a very interesting, fascinating culture.

  8. Wao just lovely this map,I guess it’s like looking for the treasure of the haunted dolls are there just to be able to decipher the riddles to find it. It is simply beautiful.
    I hope your trip to China is wonderful is a country with a very interesting culture.
    Marina luck to you and yours.

  9. Orangey says:

    You’re back, hope you enjoyed the whirlwind of adventures traveling and doing your show. That map is beautiful, I’m impressed! It’s nice to see drawings and paintings from you, we’re so used to you sculpting and fashioning things in 3D that we may forget you also rock in 2D.

    Your trip to China sounds amazing- that’s the kind of research I’d be up for. I’m sure you’ll gain incredible inspiration.

    Hurray for prizes being shipped out also, I’m very curious to peek at the prizes of others. Maybe my memory is faulty but did you ever announce who the 3rd person was that guessed a doll you were making/had a similar idea to yours? Don’t remember.

  10. Amoreen says:

    Great! Great! GREAT!!! Especially for the new little girls!!!

  11. Hazel says:

    Welcome home! I can’t wait to hear more from you! :D

    I adore the map. It almost looks like you’ve had a journey through an enchanted fantasy land.

  12. noxy says:

    Welcome home Marina! So glad to see you! Your map is amazing. I love it. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for your future dolls! :D *hugs*

  13. ranjiangzi says:

    Wow~~what a enviable trip!!you really go to those fairytale kingdoms~TVT then,do you have some inspirations from that for your next doll/s?You know we can’t waiting to see your next wonderfull doll~~~~
    Ohhhh~ you’re coming to China??!!wwwwow~which provice will you want to research I’m so happy you’re coming~~(hey,does it any relation with you?=”=)
    Any how,welcome to China anytime:)

  14. Jayne says:

    We’ve missed you. I so want that gorgeous map on a t-shirt! They are places I will never manage to visit :(, but I’d sure wear it!

  15. Crystal says:

    You are so like a perpetual machine! I was wondering what you were up to all this time we did not hear from you! Wonderful map, something to cherish and remember you journeys with.
    Looking forward to what goodies you have in store for the future!

  16. giperborea says:

    So happy to hear from you! I’ve really missed your journal entries, been checking almost every day. Cool map!!!

  17. Jon Songserm says:

    Love the map, I have an inspire from your map! :-)

  18. Benjamin says:

    MArina, Chad: I stumbled upon your blog by chance after seeing this picture in my blogreader: http://ffffound.com/image/9165d6bd00914ff394d6a8901cd03111964fc63e

    Nice map drawing, looking forward to your stories from your travels through the lands of the white nights. I’ll be doing a similar journey with Shawna in August :)

  19. Silvana says:

    Welcome home….Happy to see you. Beautiful map. I can’t to wait for to apreciate more beautiful doll.

  20. foo says:

    wow. that map is gorgeous. I could stare at it all day. Who needs pictures when you can create that memento of your trip!

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