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3 days, 19 hours ago 15
Posted in: New Doll

I finished a new, Costumed Porcelain Doll. She’s been in the works for over three years. I’ve been surreptitiously adding more layers to her face and more jewels to her veil for the past year and a half, and it’s finally feeling complete. It didn’t for a long time, but when her eyes started ‘speaking’ to me, I knew it was time to put the paint brush down. I’ll reveal her name and her costume in the next post. In the meantime enjoy these nude nature photos and help me select one to make into a print. Tell me your favourite.

A Mid-Summer Dream

This Doll’s eyes were inspired by one the earliest memories from my childhood, of the illustrator Macoto Takahashi. I believe his work had left a profound and irreversible aesthetic imprint on the formation of my young subconsciousness, because I can still see his influence lurking in the faces and themes of my dolls. I keep looking for the origin of my aesthetic; the beginning of my style and my path as an artist, and I think he might have been it. Or perhaps I was drawn to his work because it already resonated with my emerging identity. It’s like a dream I can’t remember.

Forest Spirit

In mid-summer all the luscious, moss is dry and yellow. The only patches of green are to be found in shady woods, where the sunlight is speckled and cool. I laid The Doll down into a bed of green moss at the base of a Douglas Fir. There was a small patch of sunlight, and the porcelain just came to life, glowing and shimmering like moist human skin.

All The Stars Below

Gallium Triflorum, also called Fragrant Bedstraw is one of my most beloved plants. It blooms in tiny, delicate little stars along the pathways and smells sweetly on contact. When I place the doll into the mids of it, its fuzzy stems tangle in with her soft hair as if they want to be a part of her.

Dog Assistants

I have three of them. They are not very professional, I’m afraid. The spotted Anya usually takes off first to chase Bald Eagles in the sky. The ginger Sadie likes to waddle off and eat rotting deer carcasses in the forest, then nap in the shade. The curly Bandit, on the other hand, has separation anxiety and wants to stick his little snout into all my shots. Like I said, all three are very unprofessional and kind of smelly. But they are my crew, and I love them.

Blessed By The Bumble Bees

We staged these shots in a sunny and fragrant glen of Daisies, Foxgloves and Gallium Triflorum, with Bumblebees buzzing all around us. I said to Chad that it would be really cool if we could somehow photograph the doll with bumble bees. A few moments later, 3 bumble bees flew right into the frame and hovered over the doll just long enough for us to get a burst of shots. One of them worked out! They must have heard us talking, and came to bless the doll with their presence and fuzzy bums.

Immortality

Loss

Star

Bumble Bee Blessings

Assistant Number Three

 

1 month ago 27

I recently had a nature photo session with Kay, a one of a kind, first generation resin doll from my personal collection. She is a great favourite of mine because of her vulnerable, photogenic beauty. The camera loves her!

If you had to pick a favourite photo, which one would it be?

5 months, 3 weeks ago 17
Posted in: Video

Hey guys, do you like videos? What about behind the scenes looks at artists’s studios? If you answered yes to either of those then I have something for you.

OhMore Story recently spent some time in my studio space filming and asking me all sorts of questions, which resulted in this cool video. Check it out on Youtube, and keep an eye out for my two furry assistants.

5 months, 3 weeks ago 13
Posted in: Resin line

The last of my resin EDs. I probably won’t be making these again.

I took the opportunity to pose them all together for a group shot, before packing them away in boxes. I was enjoying moving and playing with them, articulating them into different positions on my dinner table when they fell into this composition and it reminded me of dancers frozen in some sort of an enchanted-burlesque-ballet-circus performance.

At first, I couldn’t decide if they had just finished a dance, or were waiting to begin one, but then I realized that I was seeing both the End and the Beginning, at the same time:

To me, their maker, this beautiful dance was finished – the end of the last act, of the last show, a second before the curtain drops. But for their future owners, this performance was just beginning, and the dancers are poised right on the edge of movement, waiting to spring into dance and expression.

They are almost all gone, but I still have a few of these dancers left. Let me know if you wish to have one.

6 months, 2 weeks ago 39
Posted in: Resin line

Happy New Year, Doll Collectors!

I’ve decided to begin mine by putting together a small new batch of blank Resin Enchanted Dolls after I discovered one last box of them in my storage just before the holidays! These ones are going to be ready to ship on first-come-first-serve basis starting next week, so if you would like to have one, let me know right away (inquiries@enchanteddoll.com). Due to the limited number of dolls available, there is a cap of 2 dolls per person.

I’m gluing in the lashes for this batch of dolls as I want to have some fun photographing them before they leave me forever.

 

         

8 months, 3 weeks ago 9

I think I might have accidentally recreated one of my favourite Sulamith Wulfing illustrations on my shelf, with a doll, a fern, and a pickle castor.

The tableau evolved over a course of 6 weeks as my fern grew around the doll, gradually enshrining her in a cascade of delicate, green fronds. Then, one day I looked at it, and noticed something familiar about it, like I’d seen it somewhere before and only just remembered it. And then I had it. It was Der Garten, by Sulamith Wulfing, of course.

It made me wonder how many other images I observe and then subconsciously internalize, appropriate, incorporate, and recreate into my own work on daily basis? Little fragments of information gathered up from a myriad of sources, coalescing into one form…How much of it is my thought, and how much of it is a book I read when I was five, or an oil painting I saw when I was seven, or a film I watched when I was 10?… How much of our identity comes from external influences, and how much of it is intrinsic? How much of Enchanted Doll is made up of my first impressions collected over the years, and how much of it was me?

I don’t know.

10 months ago 26
Posted in: New Doll

I’m afraid I’ve been keeping a secret from you guys, but I can finally tell you!

There was some big news the other day, and a little Enchanted Doll played a role in a grand announcement. This was a top secret doll that I made last year and was finally unveiled (not literally, the doll’s veil remained intact).

I was asked to create an Enchanted Doll of the beautiful Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, as an engagement gift by her partner Li Chen

One of the conditions I had for taking on this commission, was that I would have a complete creative freedom to design her Enchanted wedding gown. I used vintage French lace, Victorian millinery, parts of antique Kinfisher pin, dazzling Swarowsky crystals and of course, hundreds of Pearls to create a tiny wedding dress fit for a queen!

Enchanted Fan sits on a Napoleon III era French Globe de Marriee, which was traditionally used to display wedding momentos, such as the wedding tiara, corsage and shoes.

Because Fan is an actress, I wanted the doll to channel The Golden Age of Hollywood. I fell in love with photos of Vivien Leigh and Veronica Lake and tried to create a similar atmosphere in the photographs.

Now that I am no longer bound by the vow of silence, I am free to share photos of not only the finished doll, but the work-in-progress shots we took along the way.

I hope this doll brings good luck to the happy couple! Best wishes to the two of you and I’m glad I could play a part in this grand union!

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11 months, 3 weeks ago 21
Posted in: Work in Progress

“People once believed that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can’t rest. Then sometimes, just sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to put the wrong things right.”
James O’Barr, The Crow

  

1 year ago 23
Posted in: New Doll

Both of my kilns broke down last month, and to procrastinate the repairs I took up a shelved project that I’ve struggled with for a couple of years.

It’s like, when you need to study for a chemistry midterm tomorrow, but suddenly the bedroom is so messy that it needs an emergency spring cleaning. Can’t study in a messy bedroom! That’s how I feel about kiln repairs.

Anyway, this doll inspired me again. Now, after a long time away from it I finally know what it needs and how to finish it! I’ve been reworking the composition of her head dress and her veil, but now I find that I’m not satisfied with her face painting and probably need to take her apart and add a few more layers. Which means… I have to do those kiln repairs… Damn it.

She’ll be available for sale in Fall 2017.

 

1 year, 2 months ago 22