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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.

1 year, 8 months ago 18

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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?

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1 year, 8 months ago 24

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.

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Your Rules:

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.

Your Prize:

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!

1 year, 8 months ago 132
Posted in: contest, travels

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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!

1 year, 9 months ago 34
Posted in: Uncategorized

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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.

1 year, 9 months ago 31
Posted in: Resin line, travels

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.

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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. (Волшебные Куклы Марины Бычковой). So, if you are in Tallinn, come and see me, pick up a copy and get a personalized signature.

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See you there!

1 year, 10 months ago 26
Posted in: Book, show, travels

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Hey guys, the Christmas issue of Vogue Japan was released last week! I’ve been waiting for it to come out since we did the shoot with the photographer Lacey, in New York this August. It was a fantastic collaboration and I think she did an amazing job capturing the spirit of Enchanted Doll.

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Although Vogue is sending me a copy, I’m jealous of those of you living in Japan, as you can just go out and buy it. I want to get a bunch of copies for my family, without having to fly to Japan myself, but I’m not sure where I can buy it in North America. I can’t wait to hold it in my hands and smell the glossy paper!

1 year, 10 months ago 57
Posted in: Press

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Wow… what a show! The Piceno fashion doll convention had wrapped last night, and I can honestly say that I’ve never  been to an event like this before – I thought it was a bit atypical for a doll convention, as it was jam packed full of entertainment, dinners, performances and celebrations every night. We even had a private audience with the mayor of the city, who welcomed us in the ancient town hall, and fireworks at the end of the show. It was simply fantastic to see people from different parts of the world and life, all united by Dolls.

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And Italians seem like such warm and jolly people! At one point during lunch at a large table, full of laughing, talking and gesturing people, who passed plates full of food to one another, I had a very surreal feeling that I was in a movie. It was lovely and I shall never forget it. Italy, you were so good to me!

More shots can be found on flickr

A big, huge thanks to all the organizers of this event, especially to Rosalie, Nikis, Pamela and Martina.

1 year, 10 months ago 24
Posted in: show, travels

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I’m having a really fantastic time at the Pieceno Fashion doll convention and will post some pictures when I have more time. Int he meantime here is a picture of the most recent completed doll. You might recognize her face. I made the nude for a Vogue photo shoot this August, but I have just finished the head dress I’ve been working on for a while. It’s another incarnation of my Light series. This one is cast in bronze and plated with Rose gold. I’ll tell you more about her later. Now I’ve got to go.

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1 year, 10 months ago 31
Posted in: New Doll, show

I painted some more dolls. Experimenting with different tones and styles of painting. Finding my own style.

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We’re in Rome for a few more hours and then we’re heading to the coast with these beauties. I’ll see you there.

1 year, 11 months ago 39
Posted in: Resin line, show, travels