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.
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!
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 wonâ€™t be disqualified.
Just playing with some lace for fun. My favorite resin doll Luchia is wearing it. I was inspired by these awesome headdresses in a photo from an inflight magazine. Not sure what culture they are from. Maybe Norwegian…? Does any one know?
Dear Friends, I’m back from my travels and I’m very pleased to announce that the annual 2013 Enchanted Doll birthday contest, where I give away one doll on my birthday, is now open!
I was drawing a map of some of my recent travels when I came up with the submission criteria. To enter the contest, send me a beautiful, captivating and wander-lust-inspiring travel postcard depicting any thing or any place in the world you want. It can be contemporary or vintage, commercial or custom printed, store-bought or hand-made, from your home town or another country, color or black/ white, featuring a painted, drawn or photographed image of nature, cathedrals, cities, mountains, ocean floor or outer space -whatever. Anything is admissible as long as it’s in a standard post card format and it stirs your imagination, longing and compels you to visit that place.
One Card per person. No envelopes-just the postcard. Cards arriving in envelopes will be disqualified. Submission Deadline February 28th, 2013. The winner will be picked from elimination stages starting on March 1st. All the entries will be posted online on March 1st. My top favorite Cards will be selected on march 2nd, and then eliminated randomly in daily draws, until one winner is announced on March 16th.
In honor of the new Enchanted Doll resin line, the winner gets a painted, wigged and fully costumed resin Enchanted Doll.
Mail your cards to:
Marina Bychkova. #105-2061 Beach avenue. Vancouver, BC. V6G 1Z3. Canada
Good luck and Let the games Begin!
Dear Doll Collectors and Makers everywhere, from the bottom of my heart I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays full of cheer! But most importantly I’d like to wish you a wonderful and a truly prolific New Year 2013!
My little stuffed animals send their greetings too!
Artist toys from the left: Fuzzy bear by Sandra Kranenburg, white bunny by Lada Gromova, pink bunny by Irina Starkova, blue elephant Monty by Diana Unusova, white Cooky bear (originally also Monty, but I already had one, so…besides, he is sooo Cooky, just look at his face) by Natalja Fjodorova, Shy bear by Diana Unusova and a nameless rescue puppy in the foreground.
Merry Christmas to All!
After a brief stint at home upon our return from Europe three weeks ago, Chad and I are on the road again. This time in South East Asia. I’ve hardly been home since September and I’m really starting to miss staying put for more than a few days at a time.
I’m looking forward to working on the resin line in the studio next month. Notices for the first batch of pre-orders from the wait list will be sent out just before Christmas along with a news letter and an opening announcement for the 2013 Annual Birthday contest!
I’ll “see” you guys soon.
Over the last 9 days I’ve been making my way North to Estonia from the sunny Italy, stopping over in Croatia, Hungary, Poland and Finland on the way. Tomorrow I will finally arrive in Tallinn to take part in the Shocking Art of Dolls exhibition at the Estonian Doll Art house. It is a month long show, but Enchanted Doll is making a special appearance there only for the 1st opening week, and then we’re heading home.
I will be there in person from the preview opening on Nov 9th, also 10th, 11th and evenings on the 12th and 13th. While there, I will be signing 100 copies of the Russian language Enchanted Doll book. (Ð’Ð¾Ð»ÑˆÐµÐ±Ð½Ñ‹Ðµ ÐšÑƒÐºÐ»Ñ‹ ÐœÐ°Ñ€Ð¸Ð½Ñ‹ Ð‘Ñ‹Ñ‡ÐºÐ¾Ð²Ð¾Ð¹). So, if you are in Tallinn, come and see me, pick up a copy and get a personalized signature.
See you there!