It was a very difficult ordeal to try and pick a winner from all the fabulous entries. A big thank you to everyone who entered, such great and diverse talent out there. I’m honored to have such fans.
I have narrowed it down to my ten favourite entries. One amongst them will be named the winner.
They are listed in no particular order:
“Through endless night she walks alone, never stopping, never resting, weeping for her daughter. She is lost in the shadows, swallowed by her inner universe, shattered to a million pieces reflecting bits and pieces. She stumbles in her dress, once dark gray, now pale and faded, but doesn’t stop. Her black hair loose, blending into the eternal darkness. Once lavishly decorated, no jewels adorn her now, her neck bare and defenseless. Once the most happy, she now forever mourns her heart, left in the hands of that the most beloved, the one who took it all. In this dark void, the nowhere place, she weeps for her lost child, life and love.
The grand prize winner will be announced before midnight Pacific time.
Here comes the hardest part.
My birthday is here, which means the annual birthday contest is also here.
All the entries have been posted online, here.
There are so many great entries that I’m still narrowing it down. A final announcement will be made later today.
Thank you to everyone who entered and to everyone who wished me a happy birthday.
So check out the entries and choose your favourites while I choose mine.
I almost can’t believe it: After two years of work and with only a few more weeks of embroidery left to go, Empress Cixi‘s extravagant robe is almost complete! This is a bad snapshot, though. But I was too impatient to set up the proper light kit for an unfinished piece.
Over the last two years, it required a ridiculous number of hours to embroider this mammoth; so many, that i lost count somewhere after six hundred. This is my Titanic.
I haven’t began making the shoes yet; a pair of pretty Manchu slippers on tall pedestals. However, I’ve been having second thoughts about them lately. This is supposed to be her ‘wedding’ night robe when she became Xian Feng Emperor’s concubine, and I’m beginning to think that the shoes would be almost inappropriate in this composition. But I do love making shoes just for the sake of making shoes….so…it’s a tough call for me. Perhaps it could be some sort of a variation of high pedestal bed chamber slippers, I donno…..What do you think: shoes or no shoes?
Nothing new, just assembling lots of shoes for February orders. This and sorting out the contest entries have been my primary objective for the past week.
Annina, this one is for you.
As my 29th birth day creeps closer and closer, Chad and I are sorting through hundreds of submissions for the 3rd annual Enchanted Doll birthday contest, where I give away a porcelain nude for the winning entry.
I’d like to thank everyone who participated this year. There are lots of fantastic ideas, some of which even corresponding with my own. In fact, one participant has guessed my current project, submitting an idea for a doll I’m already working on! This goes on to show, that there is no such a thing as completely original thought, only its interpretation, and that there are great many people of like minds, who think along similar lines.
I really enjoyed these year’s entries. In a few days, all of them could be seen online. And now I will choose the winner!
The illustration in the banner is from an entry by Nigel.
Enchanted Doll was featured on the cover ofÂ a Chinese lifestyle magazine “In-door”. I’m told that the magazine is dedicated to reporting on furniture, decorative art, aesthetics, and designers.
I haven’t received a copy yet. Has anyone in the area seen it on newstands?
Thank you all for such warm and emotional responses, and for sharing with me some of your own experiences with breast cancer. I should confess that, although I had finished this doll over two months ago, I was very hesitant to show it, because exposing my fears this way to others, made me feel very vulnerable. Creating a physical embodiment of my fears with my own hands felt both frightening and cathartic.
But the breast cancer doll didn’t start out the way you see her. She started out like this:
At first, I wanted to explore the idea of metastasis, the most advanced stage of cancer, where cancer cells spread to different parts of the body through the axillary lymph nodes. After having studied many horrifying photographs of women with visible lesions, I made this first version the the doll.
Basing the look of the lesions on the real ones, I wanted to draw the comparison to something living and invasive, like some sort of a cunning, parasitic organism, such as a spider or a flesh-eating beetle. But, for some reason this didn’t sit well with me, partially because it was rather horrifying and nauseating, so I decided to abandon that angle and choose a more open-ended and a much more optimistic approach.
It’s as if I didn’t want to give my doll a death sentence. I realized that, for my own sanity, she had to be a hopeful doll, with many subtler layers of meaning and symbols.
One of the cancer survivors had given me this idea for a henna crown, that she herself had done, and I thought it was very beautiful.
The Surviving doll is also in a way a Christian martyr Saint Agatha of Sicily, who was tortured and had her breasts cut off in punishment for her faith. Having first seen it in a museum a couple of years ago, I was very stricken a painting of St.Agatha, holding a platter with her amputated breasts and to my astonishment, gazing down at them calmly and peacefully, as if she wasn’t bothered by the ordeal at all.Â It was impossible not to see this as symbolism for struggle with breast cancer, double mastectomy and survival, and it made me think of how other women experienced it and how I might experience it myself, if I’m ever faced with cancer.
At one point I almost titled this doll St.Agatha: The patron saint of breast cancer victims, but that didn’t sit quite right with me for some reason….don’t know why….perhaps in part because I’m an atheist…..just didn’t have the right message in it, i think.
Does any one have any thoughts, opinions or a preference for either title?
What do you think about my decision to go with a double mastectomy symbolism instead of the severe lesions?
A porcelain tribute to breast cancer fighters and the choices they face.
In the growing awareness of Breast Cancer, a disease which appears to be the inevitable side-effect of womanhood, this doll was my attempt at working through my own personal fear of it, and facing up to the possibility that one day I could be amongst hundreds of thousands of women who develop it. I can only hope to be brave, like so many other women.
Extensive tattooing on the head and a little bit on the tips of the fingers. Halo is 10k yellow gold.
This doll is not for sale, as I’m not sure what to do with her yet.
More photos are coming.
After much demand, Enchanted Doll’s metal shoes are finally available for special orders! Now every Enchanted Doll can have her own little shoe wardrobe. They are currently available in four designs: Extravagance, Persian Slippers, Marie-Antoinette, and Hopscotch!
All shoe styles can be cast in Bronze or Sterling Silver, with an additional option for plating and customization with different colors of soles and straps. Prices vary depending on the metal.
All orders are cast together twice a month and assembled individually. Manufacturing time is 4-6 weeks from the day of the order.
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It’s that time of year again, Enchanted Doll enthusiasts! The annual birthday give-away of a nude Enchanted Doll is now a tradition. The participation rules are different each year, and and this year’s theme is:
Pitch an idea for an Enchanted Doll. The one I like best will win a nude doll.
The 2011 Enchanted Doll birthday contest rules have been simplified to make the contest more accessible for participants. This yearâ€™s contest requires that you pitch your idea for an Enchanted Doll youâ€™d like to see made.
It could be a fully developed character with a back-story, or a purely visual costume, or even an idea for a new accessory. To enter the contest you have to propose your idea in a coherent fashion by articulating it within 100-200 words, stating the source of your inspiration (eg: fairy tale, song, painting); and by providing supporting visual material of original work, such as a drawing, a painting, original photography or a collage, etc. Feel free to use any form of multimedia to help get your idea across.
Do not submit suggestions for existing characters. A submission containing no original ideas or work will be disqualified. Pitch an idea of a character or for a character. If it already exists in culture, then create a new, original vision for that character. Costume or accessory ideas must be original.
- All ideas must be original, or loosely inspired by culture, art.
- Doll idea can be a new costume, a new costume element (headdress, shoes, etc.), a new character, a back-story, etc.
- Entries are digital, and size appropriate for emails. Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have an attachment that is too large, add a link in the email to where it can be viewed/downloaded online.
- All entries must have a written description of 100-200 words.
- Up to three (3) entries per person maximum.
- The entries will be judged by concept originality, fullness of an idea, execution, visual support, and creativity, but most importantly, they will be judged by which one I like the most.
- Show your Enchanted Doll to the world. Upon receiving their prize, the contest winner is to post the picture of the doll on Facebook and/or Twitter.
- Submission Deadline is March 10th, 2011.
- Winner will receive a nude porcelain doll (exact mold/style yet to be determined).
- To be eligible to win, you will need to followÂ @Enchanted_Doll and tweet: “I just submitted my doll idea for the @Enchanted_Doll 2011 contest to try and win a doll!” on Twitter, and will need to “Like”Â Enchanted Doll on Facebook.
- In your submission email, include your Facebook and Twitter usernames so we can verify that you tweeted and “liked” Enchanted Doll.
- Entries may be submitted in either English or Russian.
Lest you think I am so short of ideas this year that I have to fish for them, Iâ€™d like to assure you that this is not the case. I simply want to make this yearâ€™s contest as open and as accessible to everyone, as possible. I may or may not make the winning idea into a doll. Those of you who have been working on your entries before the new rules were announced, donâ€™t despair – save them for the following years!
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or otherwise associated with Facebook or Twitter.
TERMS OF CONTEST SUBMISSION
You agree that: (1) your submissions and their contents will automatically become the property of Enchanted Doll, without any compensation to you aside from the possibility of winning a nude Enchanted Doll; (2) Enchanted Doll may use or redistribute the submissions and their contents for any purpose and in any way; and (3) there is no obligation to keep any submissions confidential.
The official rules page for the contest can be found at http://www.enchanteddoll.com/contests
Get Started. Good Luck!