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Dolls and Diplomats

Tuesday, May 01st, 2012

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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.

and the Winner is….

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

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AMAL!

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From the moment I saw this entry in the email inbox, I knew it was a contender. It encompassed everything that I hoped this contest would be, from the early brainstorming stages to the final presentation. I can see the process involved, yet it isn’t overwhelming and excessive in it’s information. She stuck to the contest outlines, and came up with a great entry. I look at them as a triptych, but really, it’s the Doppelganger idea that is the true winning entry. It has this mysterious “how would that look in 3d” feel to it that keeps drawing me back to it, as if my mind is trying to solve the puzzle of how to make it. I love working out projects, and I sense that with this piece.

The 7 runners up will receive special gifts from me, while the 2nd and 3rd entries will receive even more special gifts, but the grand prize of the nude doll goes to Amal for her beautiful, thoughtful, and challenging submission. The grand prize doll will be a variation of a Lily doll.

THANK YOU to everyone who entered, I loved all the entries. I’ve been going back and forth through them all day and I am still amazed at all the great ideas. Congratulations are in order for everyone, as you all came up with very creative ideas. I’m already looking forward to the 4th annual contest next year!

Once again, Congrats to Amal!

The top Three candidates to win a doll

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Valentine by KarolinFelix

I liked this one when I looked at it, but became really intrigued by the idea of a transparent filigree torso, once I read the proposal. This hadn’t occurred to me before. I like how the artist addressed the practical issue of the fragility of porcelain given such a narrow waist, but proposing that it’s made entirely of metal. I want to make this doll!

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by Amal

I love this project not as three separate entries, but as a triptych. They are most effective not separately, but together. The most intriguing is the idea of capturing the idea of time travel and non-linear perspective within one doll. I think It’s a very challenging concept to address, and a very ambitions one to propose. I would love to see more cards in this series!

by Maura

I adore this entry for the beautiful rendering of Anne Boleyn and the rendering of the idea of her being the mother to Queen Elizabeth the Great through a gorgeous tattoo. I particularly like the creative solution to the clothing vs tattoo conflict:  one usually has to exist at the expense of the other, but in this piece both function together as a whole.

The top ten candidates all displayed a completeness that I look for in the entries: An interesting, coherent idea, effectively articulated and  combined with a beautiful presentation, originality and emotion. It was very hard to choose, and I wish I could  make twenty winners instead of just one, because there are many good proposals.

These are the top three that really speak to me, but who will be the winner?

I’ll decide by midnight. That’s all I’ve been doing all day. :)

Top Ten Candidates

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

It was a very difficult ordeal to try and pick a winner from all the fabulous entries. A big thank you to everyone who entered, such great and diverse talent out there. I’m honored to have such fans.

I have narrowed it down to my ten favourite entries. One amongst them will be named the winner.

They are listed in no particular order:

A Jui Gui by Ran

“Through endless night she walks alone, never stopping, never resting, weeping for her daughter. She is lost in the shadows, swallowed by her inner universe, shattered to a million pieces reflecting bits and pieces. She stumbles in her dress, once dark gray, now pale and faded, but doesn’t stop. Her black hair loose, blending into the eternal darkness. Once lavishly decorated, no jewels adorn her now, her neck bare and defenseless. Once the most happy, she now forever mourns her heart, left in the hands of that the most beloved, the one who took it all. In this dark void, the nowhere place, she weeps for her lost child, life and love.

She is the shadow of Anne Boleyn.”

Anne Boleyn by Iris

Rozalba by Madaline

Valentine by KarolinFelix

The Soprano by Miss LK

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by Amal

By Emily

by Maura

by Adriatzin

Laila: The Spider Woman by J. David

The grand prize winner will be announced before midnight Pacific time.

Here comes the hardest part.

Enchanted Doll 2011 Contest

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

My birthday is here, which means the annual birthday contest is also here.

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All the entries have been posted online, here.

There are so many great entries that I’m still narrowing it down. A final announcement will be made later today.

Thank you to everyone who entered and to everyone who wished me a happy birthday.

So check out the entries and choose your favourites while I choose mine.

Contest submission period has ended

Friday, March 11th, 2011

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As my 29th birth day creeps closer and closer, Chad and I are sorting through hundreds of submissions for the 3rd annual Enchanted Doll birthday contest, where I give away a porcelain nude for the winning entry.

I’d like to thank everyone who participated this year. There are lots of fantastic ideas, some of which even corresponding with my own. In fact, one participant has guessed my current project, submitting an idea for a doll I’m already working on! This goes on to show, that there is no such a thing as completely original thought, only its interpretation, and that there are great many people of like minds, who think along similar lines.

I really enjoyed these year’s entries. In a few days, all of them could be seen online. And now I will choose the winner!

The illustration in the banner is from an entry by Nigel.

3rd Annual Enchanted Doll 2011 Birthday Contest

Monday, January 24th, 2011

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It’s that time of year again, Enchanted Doll enthusiasts! The annual birthday give-away of a nude Enchanted Doll is now a tradition. The participation rules are different each year, and and this year’s theme is:

Pitch an idea for an Enchanted Doll. The one I like best will win a nude doll.

The 2011 Enchanted Doll birthday contest rules have been simplified to make the contest more accessible for participants. This year’s contest requires that you pitch your idea for an Enchanted Doll you’d like to see made.

It could be a fully developed character with a back-story, or a purely visual costume, or even an idea for a new accessory. To enter the contest you have to propose your idea in a coherent fashion by articulating it within 100-200 words, stating the source of your inspiration (eg: fairy tale, song, painting); and by providing supporting visual material of original work, such as a drawing, a painting, original photography or a collage, etc. Feel free to use any form of multimedia to help get your idea across.

Do not submit suggestions for existing characters. A submission containing no original ideas or work will be disqualified. Pitch an idea of a character or for a character. If it already exists in culture, then create a new, original vision for that character. Costume or accessory ideas must be original.

Submission Rules:

  • All ideas must be original, or loosely inspired by culture, art.
  • Doll idea can be a new costume, a new costume element (headdress, shoes, etc.), a new character, a back-story, etc.
  • Entries are digital, and size appropriate for emails. Submit to contests@enchanteddoll.com. If you have an attachment that is too large, add a link in the email to where it can be viewed/downloaded online.
  • All entries must have a written description of 100-200 words.
  • Up to three (3) entries per person maximum.
  • The entries will be judged by concept originality, fullness of an idea, execution, visual support, and creativity, but most importantly, they will be judged by which one I like the most.
  • Show your Enchanted Doll to the world. Upon receiving their prize, the contest winner is to post the picture of the doll on Facebook and/or Twitter.
  • Submission Deadline is March 10th, 2011.
  • Winner will receive a nude porcelain doll (exact mold/style yet to be determined).
  • To be eligible to win, you will need to follow @Enchanted_Doll and tweet: “I just submitted my doll idea for the @Enchanted_Doll 2011 contest to try and win a doll!” on Twitter, and will need to “Like” Enchanted Doll on Facebook.
  • In your submission email, include your Facebook and Twitter usernames so we can verify that you tweeted and “liked” Enchanted Doll.
  • Entries may be submitted in either English or Russian.

Lest you think I am so short of ideas this year that I have to fish for them, I’d like to assure you that this is not the case. I simply want to make this year’s contest as open and as accessible to everyone, as possible. I may or may not make the winning idea into a doll. Those of you who have been working on your entries before the new rules were announced, don’t despair – save them for the following years!

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or otherwise associated with Facebook or Twitter.

TERMS OF CONTEST SUBMISSION
You agree that: (1) your submissions and their contents will automatically become the property of Enchanted Doll, without any compensation to you aside from the possibility of winning a nude Enchanted Doll; (2) Enchanted Doll may use or redistribute the submissions and their contents for any purpose and in any way; and (3) there is no obligation to keep any submissions confidential.

The official rules page for the contest can be found at http://www.enchanteddoll.com/contests

Get Started. Good Luck!

ED 2010 Birthday contes winner

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Well, I am happy to announce that the 2010 Enchanted Doll birthday contest has finally come to a close!

Thank you so much to all the participants for your hard work. I’ve received many thoughtful and artful gifts-entries and many touching birthday wishes. Thank you all.

Choosing a winner has proven to be much more challenging that I ever thought it would be, especially since my decision was complicated by the fact the the entries were not limited by any specific theme or medium, but rather an assortment of all kinds of creativity. They could not be judged by a clear cut, unified criteria or a grading scale, because they were all beautiful and unique each in its own way.

The reason I specifically did not impose a general theme to follow for the participants, was because I wanted to keep this competition open to all kinds of talent. I wanted to give everybody an opportunity to win by doing what they are good at. This, however, severely complicated my task of choosing a winner, to the point where I began to panic that I could not make a decision.

I judged the entries based not only on technical ability, originality, composition, complexity and beauty, but also on the wholeness of artistic presentation and the concept behind the work and most of all- the intensity of my emotional response to each piece. After all, provoking an emotional response is the essence of art. In the end, I thought my head would explode. I first chose 10 of the best entries based on the quality and execution, then narrowed those down to 3 favorites and then let my senses decide which one  spoke to my heart the most. Still, it was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make.

And this is what it chose:

Ladies and gentlemen, presenting 3rd place entry by Paula F. from Poland

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I chose this entry for the 3rd place because the work and the concepts of this very young artist deeply resonated with my own, and even though they are inspired by Enchanted Dolls, they are not directly borrowing from them. Despite of appealing to my language of expression through her use of textile and embroidery art, her own voice is very present in this work. Congratulations Paula, you’ve won a pair of sterling silver shoes. Thank you for participating.

The 2nd place goes to Monika V, from Australia.

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For her entry she painted me a series of 9 stunning paintings of Enchanted Dolls. The sheer volume and intricacy of work blew me away and one can see what a commitment of time and energy this was. The technique and skill are very advanced, while  the decorative aspect is very well articulated. These paintings must have have been a joy to paint and they are certainly a joy to look at. Congratulations Monika, you’ve won a bronze crown. Thank you for taking  part in this contest.

And now, finally, the 1st place entry and the winner of porcelain nude doll Pearl……

goes to Amarilli A, from Italy!

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I love the stylistic reference to the religious art of the late middle ages in this oil painting. The combination of slight inconsistencies in linear perspective in the composition, the color palette, gold leafing and even the greenish undertones of the skin are very characteristic of the painting methods of that time period, and yet there is a contemporary air to it. The presentation of the painting on the piece of ornate brocade fabric to resemble a tapestry is the final touch that ties it all together. This artist has painted her daughter as an Enchanted Doll and included many elements that I am fond of, such as historical references, bejeweled metal head dress, Gothic architecture, rich textiles and lampwork beads, all without directly borrowing from any Enchanted Dolls. Congratulations Amarilli, you’ve won an Enchanted Doll.

Thank you all for taking  part in this year’s birthday contest. I encourage everyone to try again next year. Once you see the rest of the gifts displayed on my website tomorrow, it will give you a good idea of your competition and hopefully inspire you to practice and create all year round in your ‘training’ runs for the next year’s contest.

Finally, I would like to thank my dad for managing the incoming gift packages and putting up with being constantly woken up by early morning delivery couriers, and of course my dear Chadasaurus for taking care of the logistical aspect of the contest like handling, organizing, documenting and displaying the entries and recycling loads and loads of cardboard. This wouldn’t be possibly without you.

The winning participants should receive their prizes in the mail in the second half of April. The rest of the entries will be announced tomorrow. Seven more runners up will be announced and will also receive a small gift from me for entering.

This concludes the 2010 Enchanted Doll birthday contest. I look forward to next year.

Important Contest Announcement

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

The deadline for the Enchanted Doll Contest has been pushed back to March 16th, to allow for the entries that got delayed by the Olympics (Canada Post put all packages coming to Vancouver under extra scrutiny the past few weeks) and other shipping problems.  With the cut-off deadline being pushed back to the 16th, the announcing of the winner won’t be until the 19th.

I have started going through some of the entries and you guys aren’t making it easy on me to pick a winner.  So much incredible work already, I’m having Chad document everything so that it can all be seen on the site (if anyone had anything that they didn’t want posted on the site, entry/description/name, let me know in an email at contests@enchanteddoll.com)

Enchanted Doll Birthday contest-gift opening

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

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This is the best Christmas ever!

Uhm, I mean Birthday- it’s the best Birthday ever! Feels like Christmas though, since I’ve never gotten so many birthday gifts.

I wasn’t going to open the entries until the contest deadline of March 13th, but then I thought about it and realized that we would never be able to process, document, judge and display all the gifts on the website in only three days! Therefore, I had decided to begin opening them now, 2-3 gifts a day so as to not get totally overwhelmed when it comes time to choose the winner. Yeah, sure it would have been awesome to open them all on my birthday, but I don’t think it would be fair to contestants because I wouldn’t have time to do it properly all in one day. So, my birthday came early this year and will last for two weeks as I open new surprises every day.

The gifts are beautiful. I’m loving them all, but I’m already wondering what I’ve gotten myself into, because I will somehow have to choose the best one……it will be a very, very tough call. I almost wish I hadn’t started the contest just so that I wouldn’t be in this position of having to choose only one winner out of so many fantastic entries.

My 28th birthday continues….best birthday ever!