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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 year’s contest requires that you pitch your idea for an Enchanted Doll you’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.

Submission Rules:

  • 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 contests@enchanteddoll.com. 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 follow @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” 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, I’d like to assure you that this is not the case. I simply want to make this year’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, don’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!

3 years, 7 months ago 76
Posted in: site news

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Twenty To Midnight

2011

She asks: Is twenty minutes a long time?
The sense of time eludes her.
Her placid, sleepy smile registers no urgency
at the escape of hours or even years,
And her refined demeanor, projects a sense of leisure, immortality and boredom.
Infinity of universe, against a fleeting minute of a life.
Invaluable commodity of time is nothing but a fashionable ornament for her to flaunt, but not to treasure, for there is always more of it to have,
And be delighted by.
She doesn’t know that it tells true time.
She sees the hands, yet doesn’t see the meaning;
Awake, asleep, awake again in rhythms.
But on the stroke of midnight magic fades.
And at the end of the day when all is spent,
But everything was real,
Is twenty minutes time enough
To change anything?

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Born from moments of acute anxiety about wasted time, aging and mortality, Twenty To Midnight explores the notion of time, transience and inevitability. It was partially inspired by a childhood story called the Tale of Lost Time that deals with a human tendency to take time for granted.

Available for sale.

Price: £15,045

Where: To Bed exhibition at the Show Studio Gallery in London, UK

When: January 26th – March 12th, 2011

If you are interested in acquiring Twenty To Midnight, please contact the gallery director Carrie Scott at carrie.scott@showstudio.com or call the gallery on this number +44 207 399 4299

A non-reundable 50% deposit is required at the time of purchase. A layaway period of 2 months is available.

Please email me if you have any questions about this piece.

3 years, 8 months ago 16
Posted in: New Doll, show

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Here are some preview shots of my new doll-Twenty To Midnight. She is going to a show in London at the end of this month.

Twenty To Midnight is a one of a kind tattooed doll, featuring a silver-plated, limited edition bronze casting of a hand carved Rococo wig sculpture. The wig is magnetic and removable, with one of a kind gemstone accents of 6 Pink Tourmalines and 2 Rubies.

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Midnight’s china face painting was loosely inspired by Audrey Kawasaki’s beautiful girls.

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Midnight’s silver-plated, bronze slippers are accented with solitaire Rubies, glass beads and tiny bows.

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The finished wig weighs only 119.1 grams, or 4.2 ounces and is relatively light compared to some of my other metal head ornaments, such a Sterling Snowflake crown or a Sterling Cathedral crown. I am immensely pleased with how it turned out, as I really didn’t anticipate such a close fit to the contours of the head because of the shrinkage and inevitable warping of the model during molding and casting. The inside of the wig is lined with layers of soft leather to maximize the tightness of contact.

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We are still working on the web gallery for Twenty To Midnight, but I’ll post more photos and information for her on Monday or Tuesday.

Today I have to get her ready for shipment.

3 years, 8 months ago 68

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Ooh, ooh I just got this in the mail! My copies of the Renaissance magazine from Budapest, Hungary. My doll Cosmos Exploratum made the  cover of December 2010 issue. This is the 10th cover for Enchanted Doll. A little bit of a milestone, I guess.

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Posted in: Press

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This is a part of a concept sketch for her tattoo.

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And this is a side view of the wig model.

I’m assembling the final pieces of the project today and hoping to finish shooting by Friday or Saturday. The carving of the wig and preparing it for molding took almost an entire week on non-interrupted work. It was hard on the eyes. On day five, around 10 in the evening my vision began to blur so much, that I could no longer see the texture  properly. It’s like, my body just said: “Ok, enough. You’re crazy and I’ve had it. Efff this.” So, I took a day off and drank a bottle of wine while watching Lord of the Rings again. And then R.E.D. Again. What a fun movie.

Anyway. Completion of Twenty To Midnight is pending. Then, the 2011 rules for the upcoming, annual Birthday Contest.

3 years, 8 months ago 14

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This New Year for Enchanted Doll begins with a group exhibition at the ShowStudio gallery in London UK, titled To Bed.

I’m contributing one doll to this show, which will include photography and video installations by various artists, including Andy Warhol’s Sleep. I don’t have the full list of participating artists yet, but I’ll be posting more information about this exhibition. The show opens on January 26th.

Above, is a snap shot of the new wax model for the show doll. She is in the last stages of completion, and I plan to finish her by the middle of next week. This piece, titled Twenty To Midnight is a nude, featuring a monochrome, one of a kind tattoo on her torso and thighs, the new Marie-Antoinette shoes and of course this fabulous, new ultra-limited edition head dress with one of a kind accents. I already have it cast and everything. Can’t wait to show you.

I will post purchasing details next week, after I send her on her way and get some down time. In the meantime, I think I’ll post a concept sketch for her tattoo in a day or two; as soon as I get around to scanning it.

For those who are not acquainted with this doll face yet, she is my wax-modeling head and not the doll which will be featured in this show. That one will be much better.

3 years, 8 months ago 34

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Happy New Year!

Chad and I spent the remainder of the Old Year with two dozen of our old friends from high school and university, on a week-long vacation in the remote winter wonderland of British Columbian Interior. It was so cold! We ice skated on the frozen lake, played hockey, skied and I had lots of down time to lay around in the cozy log cabin, drink Baileys-spiked hot chocolate and read the Golden Compass. We celebrated the last moments of 2010 and the first minutes of 2011 by going out onto the dark, frozen expanse of the lake to watch the incredibly bright stars, have fireworks and drink champagne, which quickly froze in the -20°C. I saw 3 falling stars and made three wishes for the new year. It was wonderful!

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I didn’t make any dolls this week, but i did get to paint real people, when one night someone approached me with a box of face paint and a request to paint his face for fun. While I made him into a bunny-butterfly (a very dangerous and totally real creature), there formed a line up of others who wanted their face done. I spent the night painting my friends into bears, tigers, scarred pirates and other strange creatures. It was my work fix for the week and it was awesome!

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Now I’m back and itching for some doll painting. Luckily there is never a shortage of projects around here and I’ve got lots of things planned and in progress. I’ve been keeping them a secret from you, but it’s time I begin to reveal them one by one. There are some announcements coming up regarding shows, birthday contest, new dolls and other things- so stay tuned!

It will be a great year!

3 years, 8 months ago 36
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It’s Christmas Eve, guys. It’s raining cats and dogs in Vancouver today, but somewhere else in the world it’s a white and snowy winter wonderland. I miss white Christmases. I hear that Heathrow airport is so wondrous and magical right now, that it’s shut down and holiday travelers are stranded. I imagine it must be horrible, but in Vancouver it’s difficult to tell one season apart from another-it’s always green. But at least it’s colder, stormier and windier today than usual, and that is actually giving me the feeling of holiday cheer. Seriously, It’s lovely.

One more year is almost at an end, and it’s time to reflect on what’s been accomplished in 2010 and make grand plans for 2011. It’s been a very hectic, but also an extremely fantastic year for Enchanted Doll and for Chad and I. It was so prolific, that my head spins when I think back to it and it seems that I blinked, and a year was gone.

Despite all the projects that got done this year, there are still some things that didn’t work out as I planned. I was hoping to unveil the resin line this year, but technical difficulties have delayed the release. The new year should bring a resolution to those problems and I’m looking forward to 2011 with a sense of great expectation and excitement.

This drawing by Sulamith Wulfing embodies the feeling of Christmas for me and gives me a sense of peace and warmth and happiness. Perhaps it will give you that warm feeling too.

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My Dear Fans, I’d like express my gratitude for your support and your love for Enchanted Doll. You help me create every day. Thank you. Thank you.

So, from the bottom of my heart I’d like to wish you a very Merry, very Happy Christmas and an amazing New Year!

3 years, 8 months ago 36
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We are having a Christmas Sale on Enchanted Doll tins for 20% off until December 24th, 2010. All tins come with special custom shaped foam inserts to safely store and transport an Enchanted Doll, but even if you don’t have a doll the foam can be removed allowing the tin to be used to store all kinds of things. I’m a bit of a box fanatic; I just love keeping things in metal tins, from art supplies to photographs and other nick-nacks.

For more information on the tins, please visit the Enchanted Doll Tins page. That is where you will also be able to fill out an order form for purchasing.

This sale is for a limited time, so now’s your chance to order a tin!

3 years, 9 months ago 79
Posted in: Doll Accessories

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Wax models for Marie-Antoinette and Hopscotch shoes.

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I have my own little superstitions when it comes to metal projects: I don’t like to show pictures of any wax models until I have my first successful cast. That way I know I have tangible results before I disclose it, but I also have this irrational belief that if I show progress shots before the end result, it might somehow jinx everything. This refers almost exclusively to metal projects though. I know it’s silly, but I don’t like to deviate from that.

Below is the inspiration for the Hopscotch shoes.

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This beautiful illustration was my very first exposure to Sulamith Wulfing’s work in 2001. It reminds me of a Siberian Winter landscape so much. I think that the contrast of her uncharacteristically light outfit and particularly her little shoes against the coldness of the setting made a really strong impression on me. “Why is she wearing those summer shoes in the snow?”- I kept thinking as I held the book in my hands: ” That’s not an appropriate outfit at all. She’ll die of exposure!” There is probably an evil stepmother involved in this business somehow.

It actually reminds me of one particular Russian fairy tale “The Twelve Months”, where a stepdaughter gets sent to the forest in the dead of winter to pick some flowers and instructed not to return without any. In the middle of this suicide mission she meets human representations of each of the 12 months of the year and they save her, setting up further event in the story.

Anyway. Every time I look at this picture, it makes me want to drink hot chocolate and wear warm socks.

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