Enchanted Doll birthday contest is closed!

Monday, March 04th, 2013 9:07pm


Ladies and Gentlemen, I declare the 4th annual Enchanted Doll birthday contest, closed! The grand prize, a costumed resin doll will be given away to the winner.

Thank you very much to all participants for your efforts. Although I kept the contest open for extra 4 days to wait for card stuck in mail limbo, it is still quite possible that not all your cards made it here in time. I apologize for not being able to wait much longer, but counting must begin. No more cards will be accepted. Chad and I are sorting your entries to choose those who will pass the first elimination round. The next few days are going to be intense, as every day I’m going to eliminate more and more entries, moving closer to the winner. This information will be announced here.

Stand by for the next round and Good luck!

Birthday contest deadline extended to March 3rd.

Thursday, February 28th, 2013 10:55am

Hello Contestants!

Thank you for your wonderful and timely contest entries! The contest was supposed to close today, but after several requests from contestants whose cards got caught in mail limbo, I decided to keep it open until Monday, March 3rd to give everyone who tried, a chance to participate. Good luck to the remaining entries.


The Snow White candle photo shoot…

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 10:45am


…was a little bit scary. It took us a whole day to get it right, and I was on edge the whole time, afraid that we were just one toppled candle away from a photo shoot of Snow White’s funeral pyre. Like Daenerys Targaryen, the doll would survive the flames, but her dress would not. All went well though, and sometime after it was over and the candles were out, Chad was finally able to pry the fire extinguisher out of my white-knuckled hands.


Doll concept sketch

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 4:53pm


Another year-old sketch of a Lantern-related head ornament. I’ve since had made a version of it, but not this version.


It’s high time I revisited that idea.


Enchanted Doll Birthday contest 2013

Sunday, February 10th, 2013 7:12pm


Hey there, Enchanted Doll lovers! The Annual Enchanted Doll birthday contest is under way, with over a hundred entries received so far! The entry criteria is simple this year: Send me a travel post card to enter an Enchanted Doll. The deadline is Feb 28th.

The contest has been a blast. Every morning I wake up and look forward to receiving a new batch of cards, wondering which new places I’ll get to see today. My mail man is starting to get a bit weird-ed out and amused. Although hand-made was not a requirement, I am surprised just how many cards I’ve been getting, were hand crafted. Thank you for making that extra effort.

I look forward to more cards tomorrow! Keep ‘em coming!

My Inspiration Board

Thursday, January 24th, 2013 3:03pm


There are lots of things pinned up on the inspiration board above my work desk, but I think this picture of Chad and I, is the most important one. Others around it come and go; get put up, get taken down and replaced with new ones, but this one’s been there for 12 years.

Happy anniversary Chadasaurus. YOU are my Inspiration.

Your Marinamal.



Sunday, January 20th, 2013 4:45pm


It’s what all the cool kids are wearing these days.

Making resin dolls

Saturday, January 19th, 2013 10:04pm


All. Day. Long.

Live Interview tonight at 11pm EST!

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 2:53pm

Tonight, I’ll be giving a live interview on the CIUT (University Of Toronto) radio station Sex City, which is dedicated to ongoing discussions of sexuality in relation to culture, art, politics, activism, health and sexual practice. You can listen to me talk about my dolls here http://www.ciut.fm/listen-now/

If you miss the live show, then you can find the recording in the archives 48 hours after the live event.


This is a photo of me speaking at the Emily Carr University about my life and times as a doll artist, on Sept 28th, 2012. And the other one is me getting ready to present and being very nervous about speaking on stage for the first time.


11 pm EST or 8pm PST. Sex City Radio http://www.ciut.fm/listen-now/

I’ll ‘see’ you there!


The interview can be downloaded here, in MP3 form (13.5 minutes long, 9.8mb).

Interview with SexCity Radio (right click, and select “Save As” to download the file)

Thank you to everyone who listened live!

Doll sketch

Sunday, January 13th, 2013 3:51pm


I had made this sketch around the same time last year. At the time, the Lantern pendant hadn’t yet materialized and was in the early working stages. After I drew this and saw how cool it would look, I began to work on it aggressively and completed it two months later. It’s nice to look back and see concepts, longings and dreams realized. I haven’t made this doll yet, but I will, I will.

Should I include this sketch into the next edition of the Enchanted Doll book?

Also: Attention birthday contestants! This is a modification to the mailing rules:
You may mail your cards in envelopes if you have concerns that cards might go missing in the mail. They won’t be disqualified.