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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, 8 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, 8 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, 9 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, 10 months ago 39
Posted in: Resin line, show, travels

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Hey guys! Remember this doll when it was still unfinished? She is coming as a part of my traveling porcelain collection to my upcoming shows in Italy and Estonia this fall. Oh, and by the way, I have a show in Tallinn, Estonia one week after Italy. Surprise! Totally forgot to tell you, but it’s going to be awesome. It’s called Shocking Art of Dolls, and it will take place at Estonian Doll Art house, in the oldest building in Tallinn! I’ll post more info about it soon.

If I have any resin dolls left over from Italy, then they will be made available to buy at the Shocking Art of Dolls in Tallinn. Also, I’ve been putting the resin wait list together going back to 2010. Those of you who are on it, will be getting an email within 24 hours to inquire if you wish to remain or get taken off. This wait list will go in effect in December and production will begin in January 2013.

My production capacity is very small, only about 10-20 resin dolls a month max. I want to avoid mass-production and keep the quality and rarity of these dolls. At this point I have plans to produce resin for 1 year, and then either stop or keep going for another year or two, or many, depending on how I feel. I will evaluate the situation every 6 months.

Unfortunately, the rainy season in Vancouver had started this week and prevented me from completing as many resin dolls as I originally wanted to bring to the Pieceno Fashion doll convention. It’s new and strange for me to have to rely on external factors, such as good weather, to be able to make dolls. There is no such a thing with the porcelain doll-making process. Vancouver is a pretty rainy city, so, I don’t know how many more resin dolls I’ll be able to make this winter. I’ll have to paint then and put them away until sunny breaks, or something. I’m sure I will figure something out.

Stay tuned for pictures of the new resin dolls.

1 year, 10 months ago 43
Posted in: Resin line, show, travels

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Hey guys! Just a little update from Russia, while I have a spare minute during breakfast.

I’m in Moscow right now, promoting my book and the new resin line of dolls, with Chad and my dad helping me at the show.

So, for the last three days I’ve been doing a lot of book signing, taking pictures with doll fans and chatting to them about my new resin line, giving TV and paper interviews and networking with other artists and event organizers. I finally met the Popovy twins, and even bought my first artist teddy (who is actually an elephant)! With so much going on, I hardly had any time to breathe.

It’s been really busy and exciting, and I want to thank the organizer Svetlana Pchelnikova for putting on this event, and of course everyone who came to the show. And a big, huge thanks for all the flowers, you guys! It means more to me than you know.

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I am so happy to finally be able to present to you, the long-awaited line of Resin Enchanted Doll! The official launch is in Moscow, Russia on Oct 4-7th at the 8th annual Doll Salon exhibition, along with the launch of the Russian language edition of Enchanted Doll book! This is so exciting!

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Also, a big Thanks for all your naming suggestions! So many pretty names. I chose Serafina. I couldn’t pick just one though, so I made a short list of my favorites and gave them to the 15 of the first resin dolls going to Russia tomorrow. Here they all are:

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Being new at painting resin dolls, I was learning a lot. To experiment with different painting techniques and features, I painted each doll face a little bit differently; tweaking eyebrows, changing eye shapes and playing with boundaries of lips to find the essence of Enchanted Dolls in resin. These dolls are all prototypes from which I will be painting in the future.

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After the shows in Russia and Italy, Resin line wait list will go in effect, and those of you who’ve been on it, will be given priority to order a resin doll.

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So, what do you guys think? Any favorites?

1 year, 11 months ago 109