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…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.

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1 year, 9 months ago 17
Posted in: Work in Progress

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

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It’s high time I revisited that idea.

 

1 year, 10 months ago 15

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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!

1 year, 10 months ago 38
Posted in: contest

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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.

 

1 year, 10 months ago 47
Posted in: Uncategorized

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

1 year, 11 months ago 16
Posted in: Doll Accessories

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All. Day. Long.

1 year, 11 months ago 14
Posted in: Resin line

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.

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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.

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

I’ll ‘see’ you there!

***EDIT***

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!

1 year, 11 months ago 15
Posted in: Press

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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, 11 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, 11 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, 11 months ago 132
Posted in: contest, travels