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2 weeks, 1 day ago 18
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 month ago 22
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.

 

3 months ago 22

3 months, 1 week ago 9
Posted in: Book, show

I just got my copy of the “Boobs Art” exhibit catalogue! My piece “Surviving” was part of the show (in print form) alongside many other works of art on the topic of the female breast.

Boobs Art opened on March 23rd and runs until September 9th, in Brussels, Belgium. (http://seedfactory.be/boobs-art/)

The show, called Boobs Art is run by the “Maison de l’Image”, a non profit organization managed by illustrators, to promote graphic Arts. The exhibition displays the best illustrators from Belgium + many artists from abroad (humor/visual poetry/graphic design). This show on “breasts” will also include historical images as well as a selection of “breast cancer awareness” images.

More photos from the gallery: http://seedfactory.be/portfolio/cimaises-boobs/

A couple more shots from the Catalogue:

 

3 months, 1 week ago 27

Hey doll people! You’ve probably noticed that I’ve been missing from the internet lately. It’s because I’ve been stuck in home renovations purgatory for the last year. But, with my art studio renos nearing completion, I’ve been really enjoying working in my newly improved, open, bright and green workspace. See if you can spot a difference so far.

And I’m not returning to the blog empty handed, as I have a new doll in-the-works to share. I decided to up the challenge a little by working more detail into the hands and feet than I’ve ever done before.

Up to this point I chose not to carve my dolls’ fingernails or toenails, but paint them on instead because in greenware state the porcelain is still as soft and crumbly as a shortbread cookie; It’s prone to breaking at the lightest pressure of a needle point….or a gentle breath of a pixie…or even just from looking at it a little too hard.

In fact, most hands and feet almost never survive high detailing intact, and I end up having to reattach at least 2 or more fingers with raw porcelain slip and then fuse them together during high-temp firing. Index fingers are most vulnerable for some reason. Somehow, I managed not to break a single finger on this hand, while the other one needed 3 finger reattachment surgeries.

I must have looked at it a little too hard.

 

7 months, 3 weeks ago 24
Posted in: Uncategorized

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

– Marina

8 months, 2 weeks ago 11
Posted in: Video

Dot Your Eyes.

The Madame de Pompadour auction is ending today! http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/332049437633?

The third video of Madame de Pompadour being created. After seeing the doll be engraved, and the tattoos filled with ink, it is time for Madame P to open her eyes.

Music: Blues for Slick McWolf by SLIKK TIM

Part 1: vimeo.com/192203045
Part 2: vimeo.com/192716389
Part 3: vimeo.com/194407308

8 months, 2 weeks ago 8
Posted in: New Doll

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The auction is live: http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/332049437633

It will run for 5 days as 4 days was not an option. The ending will be Monday, 4:50PM PST (GMT -8)

 

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8 months, 3 weeks ago 4
Posted in: New Doll

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The Madame de Pompadour Ebay auction is almost here (Nov 30-Dec 3) and if you are planning on bidding it’s a good idea to make sure your account is ready. In previous auctions we have heard from bidders that Ebay limited the amount they could bid, causing them to not win the auction. This could be because the account is new and making large bids right away, or a sudden change in an accounts bid pattern, or something else that could trigger an automatic limit from Ebay.

Ebay has some steps that can help, like verifying the account and/or adding a credit card to the account.

Best to get this stuff out of the way now rather than when the clock is ticking down.

If you have any questions about the auction, you can email us at inquiries@enchanteddoll.com

8 months, 3 weeks ago 10

Here’s the second video in Madame de Pompadour’s creation series, showing how her tattoos got their colours.

Music: Music: IV. Vivace by Gavin Gamboa

You can view the video in HD on vimeo