A few months ago I decided to finally create 3-5 pieces of the costumed limited edition of the porcelain doll Dunyazade. I began making this one, and soon discovered that I would be unable to replicate her gorgeous sterling silver accessories such as her belt, her head dress and bracelets again, because I could not purchase the right components anywhere. My best gemstone supplier from India was gone.
After being initially upset, I decided to offer her as a one of a kind doll, seeing how her accessories can not be made again. Aside from my original proof copy of Dunyazade 1, kept in my private collection, this is the only other Dunyazade to be available for sale.
She comes with the original and one of a kind Amethyst and sterling silver head jewels, a new Amethyst, Garnet and Sterling belt, a pair of filigree sterling bracelets, a sterling neck piece and a pair of sterling silver Persian slippers. Her extra long, mohair wig is magnetic and removable and her dress is a silk-like 100% fine polyester with a permanent, UV resistant dye sublimation print of original bead embroidery. It can be washed and ironed if desired. A custom metal stand and an ED tin box are included.
On the one hand, I’m really saddened by the fact that I can’t make Dunyazade as a small limited edition run, but on the other hand I’m almost relieved that I don’t have to do it again because of the complexity of her intricate accessories. I think the universe is telling me in its own language that there should only be one of this doll.
Dunyazade is $19,500 CND
A 3 month payment plan is available on request.
Please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
You know what I just realized, I never think to announce my upcoming media appearances in advance. Usually, there is a gap of a few weeks to a few months between the time I do an interview to when it actually comes out. I get an editing deadline, but I am never sure which issue the articles end up being in, so I always forget to announce it. Well, I decided to write it all down so that you guys in different parts of the world can anticipate these publications coming out and could pick it up once it does.
Presently, my Brazilian fans can read an article about my work in LOLA magazine, which came out in Sao Paulo in March. The Enchanted Doll spread is sandwiched between a Christian Bale interview (whom I love) and an article on Lady Gaga’s (whom I don’t love) and other pop icons’s fashions. At least that’s what I think it’s about, because I can’t read Portuguese. On a related note: What the heck is my work doing sandwiched between a movie star and a pop star? It weirds me out, but in a very good way.
Also, there is a Russian language magazine Ð’ÑÑ Ð•Ð²Ñ€Ð¾Ð¿Ð°, that came out in Berlin, Germany last month.
Ok, upcoming publications with Enchanted Doll features are as follows:
1) Fashion Drawing book by Michele Wesen Bryant comes out later April 2011 in the States, but is available to purchase through amazon worldwide.
2) Making It: Case studies of successful Canadian visual artists, book by Chris Tyrell is coming out June 2011.
3) Rob Report magazine: China. Spring 2011
4) ROJO magazine: Brazil. Spring/summer 2011
5) Female magazine: Brazil. Sometime in spring 2011
6) YOHO magazine: China. Spring/summer 2011
7) Milijonair magazine: spring 2011 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
8.Â L’Officiel magazine: Moscow, Russia. Sometime in spring 2011.
9) Palace Costes magazine: Paris, France. Spring/summer 2011.
10) Grace magazine: China. Spring 2011.
11) New Express Daily: Australia. Spring 2011.
12) Adore magazine: Athens, Greece. Spring/summer 2011.
I think that’s it for now. Please email me when you see these magazines in print!
We had a visitor today at the Enchanted Doll head quarters.
I fed it once a few weeks ago, when it somehow ended up on the balcony, and now it comes back several times a day, waiting for almonds. Today it showed up and pressed its little paws on the glass with an unmistakable sense of entitlement, wanting to come in. So, I let him in to the studio. Because who can resist a face like that?
He got comfortable there pretty quickly and hung out with us while we fed him things and eventually had to return to work after taking, like, a million pictures.Â It was weird having a wild animal run around and climb stuff while you’re trying to work. It ended with him peeing on the floor and me locking him out. He refused to leave, curling up on the balcony for a while.
He’ll be back tomorrow. I think I’ll name him and then put him on the Enchanted Doll payroll.
Last week all the shoe orders from January with the exception of two pairs have been mailed out to you guys. So, expect them in the mail in a couple of weeks. They are so yummy looking; I just want to eat them up!
In the meantime, enjoy some pictures of a several new shoe finishes I’ve been playing around with. They are also available to order now.
I added three more colors to Marie-Antoinette 24k gold plated and synthetic-enameled Macaroon Collection. From left to right are Creme Macaroon, Fuchsia Macaroon, Rose Macaroon and Lavender Macaroon. I left the soles uncovered, because as my new assistant had told me: “Marina, deliberately covering up gold is ridiculous. Don’t be ridiculous please”. I’ve decided to heed her her advice. This time. They are $485 CND each.
These are new and adorable additions to the Hopscotch enameled Candy Collection. From left to right are Red Candy, Lavender Candy and Turquoise Candy. These are synthetic-enameled bronze. No gold plate this time, but they totally could be. Hopscotch Candy shoes in un-plated bronze are $350 CND and $385 CND for plated.
All the Candies!
Which one is your favorite Candy?
PS: Post about a birthday contestant guessing my current project #2 is up next.
Some more shots of the three shoe pendants mentioned in my last blog post.
Bright Silver Finish:
Gray Silver Finish
Flatback – Gray Silver Finish
Those of you who were interested in ordering one please email me (email@example.com).
A sterling silver pendant is $120 CAD.
Probably like many other girls, ever since I was little, I was infatuated with the notion of Cinderella’s lost glass slipper. It is probably the most magical and famous fairy tale in the history of all fairy tales, while the image of this supposedlyÂ beautiful slipper is always so elusive and captivating and absolutely irresistible. I have a theory that the reason the tale of Cinderella is the most recognizable fairy tale in the West is because it appeals to feminine sensibilities with a plot line about romantic love, an extreme make over, a family drama and a pair of beautiful shoes. I believe there are currently a multitude of wildly popular reality TV shows concerning those exact same plot points. The formula works.
I always wondered what Cinderella’s extraordinary slippers looked like, and of course I always wanted to wear one of them, just one for some reason, as if the lost mysterious slipper was more magical than the completed pair. And now Cinderella’s lost slipper is found!
I’ve been getting requests to convert a Marie-Antoinette shoe into a pendant by drilling a hole in it, but I found that option undesirable, as the shoe was a bit to wide to hang flat around the neck. So, I modified a shoe by making it quite a bit smaller and narrower, specifically to be worn as jewelry. It can be ordered too!
There are two finishing options for Cinderella Slipper Pendant: in gray sterling silver(above) and in bright sterling silver (below).
There is also a flat-back slipper option, where Marie-Antoinette shoe has been cut in half. The advantage of a flat back slipper is that it sits flatter on the skin because it’s flat on one side. Also, it’s lighter than the full slipper and can be made into earrings. Here is the difference between a full slipper pendant and the flat back pendant:
This is a flat back Cinderella Slipper pendant in action:
There you have it. Cinderella Slipper Pendant.
I’m just about to mail out all the January shoe orders, and if some of you who ordered a pair of shoes want to have a slipper pendant added to your package, I can certainly do that. I only have a few of them on hand though, as this was my first casting. Those of you who were interested in ordering one please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). All the January shoes are going out tomorrow or Wednesday.
A sterling silver pendant is $120 CAD.
A pair of sterling silver earrings is $230 CAD
Which shoe is your favorite?
Like I mentioned before, there were three contestants who’ve actually guessed my current projects. It felt weird; as if these people were peering into my soul. Here is guess number one, made by Noxy. This is her entry.
And this one is my current project: Domestic Abuse.
Although our concepts are a little bit different, the theme of captivity and abuse are shared. In my project this captivity is emotional and figurative, while in Noxy’s proposal it is physical and literal, with a bit of a kinky slant.
Noxy, you get a little gift for guessing this doll!
I wasn’t going to show her until much later when she is finished and costumed, but when I saw your proposal, I thought it was a sign from the universe to unveil and expedite this project.
Actually, once I had taken this photo, I became really disturbed by it, as it reminded me of the infamous murder and crime scene of Â Black Dahlia. It was unintentional on my part.
My doll is not supposed to be dead; just battered by her abusive, controlling and jealous husband. It’s still in progress. I’m deciding what kind of costuming would me most appropriate for a message of awareness. It’s scary for me to think that there are many, many men in this world who objectify women as if they are only dolls to be possessed by them and shared with no one.
Well, on that note: Guessed project number 2 is coming up.
Now that I had a few days of rest from the contest-related work, I would like to come back to it with some thoughts.Â Like I said before, some contest ideas really corresponded with my own and reminded me of some drawings I had made for them over the course of a few years. I thought it’s a good time to review them alongside with the contest entries I received from others. Go to the link to see their submissions. The following are my sketches.
Eliza and I had the same idea of a conjoined twin doll. Well, similar.
Maura, Gretchen, Maria, and Clemintine, also thought about the hybrid tree-female. It’s a captivating idea, that doesn’t translate well into a ball-jointed doll. It’s not impossible, but it would be difficult to make.
Amarilli, Petya, Laura, Maria, Katrina have suggested a cage dress idea, and I dug up that these drawings in my sketchbook. Although I’ve been trying to work it out for a long time, I haven’t really committed to this project yet. It has a lot of potential, I think.
Invisigothgrrrl proposed a Minotaur doll, and I found this sketch in my traveling sketchbook dating back to Florence, Italy 2007.
Adriatzin submitted a proposal for a miscarriage doll and I was blown away by how similar the representation was to my own. Except my wasn’t pregnant and had a Gothic cathedral tattoo on the torso. But the blood swirl tattoos are remarkably similar. Only my concept for this doll was not a miscarriage, but an abortion in favor of reproductive choice. And now the cat is out of the bag. Too bad it won’t be a surprise. Oh well.
There are three other entries who’ve actually guessed the projects I’m currently working on right now. I think I will save them for the next post, sometime this week perhaps. I think you’ll like them.
I noticed there was a recurrent problem of noncompliance with the contest rules regarding the word limit.Â Some participants have either ignored or misunderstood the limit, and sent me whole essays about their entries. The word limit was in place to 1) force people to be concise with their entries, and 2) because I’m just one person and can’t spend weeks reading through entries. By not-complying with the rules of the contest, you, my dear contestants, may haveÂ accidentallyÂ sabotaged your own chances to win.
Please read the rules more carefully next year. They will be different.
From the moment I saw this entry in the email inbox, I knew it was a contender. It encompassed everything that I hoped this contest would be, from the early brainstorming stages to the final presentation. I can see the process involved, yet it isn’t overwhelming and excessive in it’s information. She stuck to the contest outlines, and came up with a great entry. I look at them as a triptych, but really, it’s the Doppelganger idea that is the true winning entry. It has this mysterious “how would that look in 3d” feel to it that keeps drawing me back to it, as if my mind is trying to solve the puzzle of how to make it. I love working out projects, and I sense that with this piece.
The 7 runners up will receive special gifts from me, while the 2nd and 3rd entries will receive even more special gifts, but the grand prize of the nude doll goes to Amal for her beautiful, thoughtful, and challenging submission. The grand prize doll will be a variation of a Lily doll.
THANK YOU to everyone who entered, I loved all the entries. I’ve been going back and forth through them all day and I am still amazed at all the great ideas. Congratulations are in order for everyone, as you all came up with very creative ideas. I’m already looking forward to the 4th annual contest next year!
Once again, Congrats to Amal!
The top ten candidates all displayed a completeness that I look for in the entries: An interesting, coherent idea, effectively articulated andÂ combined with a beautiful presentation, originality and emotion. It was very hard to choose, and I wish I couldÂ make twenty winners instead of just one, because there are many good proposals.
These are the top three that really speak to me, but who will be the winner?
I’ll decide by midnight. That’s all I’ve been doing all day. :)