Sunday, August 08th, 2010 10:57am
Monday, August 02nd, 2010 4:07am
The Silk Road. 2010
A one of a kind, ball jointed, Porcelain doll with intricate engravings of the henna motif on her limbs. Her one of a kind Sterling Silver headdress weighing 36.5 grams is assembled from multiple, prefabricated components and set with 17 Fresh Water Pearls.Â The detachable Natural Mohair wig is magnetic and a decorative Glass dome display is included with the doll.
The Silk Road will become available for sale on August 7th, at the Artful Henna exhibition in the Art Not Terminal Gallery, Seattle, USA. You can contact the director of Artful Henna exhibition Kree Arvanitas for purchasing inquiries at artfulhenna.com
I’ll be posting some more close ups and portraits of Silk in two other wigs (not included) on August 7th, on the opening night.
I’ll be away until then and will not be available to answer any questions in regards to this doll or the show until I return to the studio. For once, I’m unable to bring my laptop with me. You can certainly write me while I’m away and I will address any inquiries as soon as I’m back. Enjoy the pictures. Ta Ta.
Saturday, July 31st, 2010 8:49pm
Friday, July 30th, 2010 2:06pm
Today I’m finishing a new, one of a kind tattooed doll for the Artful Henna group exhibition at the “Art Not Terminal” gallery in Seattle, USA. The Opening night gala is on Saturday, August 7th. The show is centered around the theme of henna motif and I’m very excited to be a part of it, amongst the many talented and renowned artists who work in this highly decorative genre.
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend the opening night due to a scheduling conflict and will have to go to Seattle at a later time to see the exhibition.
This is an up close shot of a work in progress henna tattoo on the left hand. This is the most intricate tattooing I’ve done up to date and I’m very pleased with how much detail I was able to fit into the tiny hands and feet of the doll. It wasn’t easy and my own fingers ached from the tremendous strain of engraving on such a small scale. I’m very anxious to see it completed, as it’s been a year since I’ve done my last henna tattooed doll. I simply love the aesthetic and the diversity of henna and wish I could make many more dolls with it, but the complexity of engraving it takes a lot out of me. That’s why I have to space out my henna projects quite a bit.
I’ll be posting another shot of henna close up tomorrow and pictures of a completed doll, along with the purchasing information on Sunday.
Saturday, July 10th, 2010 6:37pm
Finally back home in beautiful Vancouver (pictured in the background) after my Berlin show + travels. Â The show went great (it was taken down on July 5th) and I feel so refreshed from our travels that I’m exhausted. I need a vacation from the vacation.
Now that we’re back, there are so many exciting things to work on. So many projects in my head that I don’t know which one I want to start on first. Â Along with exciting new ideas that I want to work on, there are also a bunch of loose ends to tie up from existing projects (an idea forÂ Cosmos Exploratum Genesis‘Â costume came to me while hiking in Switzerland).
First things first though, I’ll be finally sending out the prizes from the Enchanted Doll Birthday contest.
Friday, June 25th, 2010 1:44pm
Setting up the final shot of the Fragility series before packing away the dolls for the flight to Berlin. Those last two weeks were such a blur of sleepless nights and working-like-a-zombie-days, that I don’t remember much of what happened. I don’t even recall how I finished the last couple of dolls. Short term Amnesia. Really. After I got some sleep in Berlin and recovered a bit, I was pleasantly surprised that they turned out very nice.
I think I’m wearing my airport clothes in the shot.
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 10:42am
This porcelain doll is wearing a one of a kind, sterling silver crown and an East Indian wedding saree over her thick, silky and exceptionally long hair. Her face is a new limited edition design inspired by the ancient Kama Sutra paintings. The crown style is influenced by both Russian and Turkish headdresses and although very tall and intricate, it is very light.
Fortu-n-atar is my fictional deity of the trading caravan routes who protects and helps navigate the caravans to safety in the harsh and dangerous environment of the worldâ€™s deserts. Although she is very rarely seen, the sound of singing dunes can signal her divine presence and protection.
Sometimes the eerie sound of singing dunes can be accompanied by a distant, shimmering mirage of a beautiful, young woman with copper-colored skin a bright veil standing in the hot sands, which is considered to be a sign of great luck and fortune. Such rare sightings are revered as an extraordinary blessing; however, one must never try to approach the mirage, as this act can bring ill fortune, financial ruin and even death to the traders and travelers who experience it.
Olga Larina. 2010
Porcelain doll in a Limited Edition Sterling silver Bonnet and one of a kind, remodeled Sterling Silver shoes. Wig is magnetic. Bonnet is removable and attaches with a pin and a bow.
This doll is based on a literary character from Eugin Onegin novel by Alexander Pushkin. Eugin Onegin is a brilliant novel in verse, set in the 18th century Russia and Olga is the younger sister of the main protagonist of the story Tatiana Larina, and the more traditional symbol of feminine beauty of the two women.
Unlike her unconventional, dark-haired and slightly Emo sister, Olga is a perfect Romantic heroine, and her perfection makes her almost uninteresting in the eyes of the author to develop her character in great depth. It is after all Tatianaâ€™s story, not Olgaâ€™s, but both of the sisters suffer from tragic love and loss in different ways. This is how Pushkin describes Olga. I tried to capture his words in my own language of porcelain.
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Of Olga. Loose translation.
Always modest, always obedient,
Always cheerful as the morning,
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And sweet as a kiss of love;
Eyes blue like the sky,
Smile, hair as linen,
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All in Olga …Â But take any romance
and find her portrait to be
Very lovely indeed,
I used to be infatuated with it,
But it has bored me immensely.
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 10:19am
So, I’m a big fan of True Blood. It’s a show about vampires and humans co-existing almost peacefully in modern society. It’s a really interesting show and a good parallel to social equality movement such women’s rights and gay rights.
I’m not particularly into vampires, and I especially despise Twilight, having only seen previews for the movies. But True Blood is alright; it’s original, because it gives human vs supernatural theme a somewhat new slant. Oh, and it’s full of all kinds of entertaining things most cable channels would consider too vulgar to show. The narrative is very engaging too. And Alexander Skarsgard is in it. Needless to say, it’s my favorite show right now.
So, imagine how delighted I was to hear a brief mention of Elizabeth Bathory in the last episode! No, not my doll, but the actual person. I mean, whoa, I had just made a doll of her! And they bring her up in the show! I almost fell off the chair when I heard it.
Anyway. The doll Elizabeth Bathory was just sold a couple of days ago. Amalgamation is gone too. Only three dolls remain available at this point: Virgin, Olga and Fortunatar.
Man, I still can’t get over the coincidence. It’s like the universe knew!
Saturday, June 19th, 2010 2:40am
Something awesome has happened in Basel aside from the art fair this year: I finally met in person my kindred spirit, a fellow artist and a long time internet friend- Nati.
After years of making plans to visit each other, fate has finally intervened and decreed that Nati and I should be in Basel, Switzerland at the same time. Even after we made plans to meet in a certain place at a certain time in Basel, we actually ended up accidentally running into each other point blank in a completely different place in Basel. Turns out it’s a small city. Or a small world. It was a pleasant surprise, though neither of us recognized the other at first, or simply refused to believe that we could just run into each other like that in a city that was foreign to us both.
We spent the rest of the somewhat warm afternoon hanging out on the bank of river Rhine, nibbling on snacks and drinking these really cool miniature bottles of wine. Both, mini wine bottles and the whole drinking outside thing were a very exotic novelty to me, because outdoor drinking is illegal in Vancouver. The whole experience was very pleasant and I even got a little sun burn.
Nati is awesome. I’m so glad we finally met. Even if the circumstances were a little strange.
Don’t know who Nati is?Â Find out by checking out her site.
Thursday, June 17th, 2010 1:06am
Here are all the dolls from the Fragility show together in a group shot.Â Posing them like this was a fun challenge; fun in trying to get them all to fit together, but a challenge to have them not block each other.Â Seems each one wanted to steal the focus of the shot.
At this point, most of the show is sold out and all but five dolls remain available at the gallery.
We’re at the art fair in Basel with the gallery until tonight, but tomorrow we’re parting ways as Chad and I leave for Bern and the beginning of our actual holidays in Switzerland. Woo! I hope the weather improves. Sightseeing in the rain is unpleasant.