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Happy New Year, folks! Thank you for all of your notes with good wishes! I promise to use them well throughout 2015 to create exciting new work, starting with Cinderella. Her ebay auction dates have been set for January 24th-31st, which is only 3 weeks away!

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For New Year’s I’ve been away on my annual holidays with friends in the beautiful Okanagan Valley for a bit of winter and a little ice hokey. We’re heading back home tomorrow, where the almost-finished Cinderella is eagerly waiting to become a doll.

The last thing I did before leaving, was finish this wig. I made it from my special stash of the silkiest mohiar I’ve ever laid my fingers on, which I’ve been saving just for her for over a year. It surpassed my expectations.

The first thing I’m going to do is when I return on Tuesday, is finish beading her skirt and assemble it all with the corset, then cast her masquerade mask and then have a very long photo session with her. Shouldn’t take longer than 2 weeks altogether. But first, we have to navigate a treacherous high altitude highway back to the coast, before the forecasted snowstorm moves in later in the afternoon and traps us on the wrong side of the mountains.

I’ll be counting every mile down to Cinderella.

 

4 months ago 19
Posted in: New Doll

For Christmas this year, allow me to present my secret doll Phryne, who is one of the costumed projects I completed in 2014!

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Phryne as you may remember from my sneak peeks of her, and that awesome guessing game we played together, was a famous Greek courtesan in 4th century BC, who became a model for Praxiteles’s statue of Cnidian Aphrodite, one of the most extraordinary sculptures of antiquity. To read her full story and description see my original blog post.

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For certain reasons I’ve been holding her back, fully completed for the last 10 months, which took herculean effort at times. There hasn’t been a day when I didn’t want to tell you about her, but now the time has come. Please enjoy.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, my friends! And a happy New Year!

 

4 months, 1 week ago 35
Posted in: New Doll

And the dates of the auction are: January 24th-January 31st, 2015!

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I apologize for delaying setting the auction dates of my new doll Cinderella #2. It is because I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to cast her last minute add-on accessory – the fabulous ball mask – before my metal casting foundry closed for the holidays. It turns out, I wasn’t able to beat the holiday rush queue, so this forced me to move the auction to January. I really want Cinderella to wear that mask!

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In the meantime, I’ve made a luxurious padded custom box for my little Cinderella #2 auction. This weekend I’m doing to attach baby-blue leather cord belts with sterling silver buckles to the padding, to secure her limbs in place while she’s resting in her special tin.

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I’m so happy about the way her face turned out. I believe she is one of my finest, most subtle-blushed faces ever. I almost don’t want to let her go, but I know I have to. Stand by for a picture of her with her lovely wig!

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So, don’t forget: Cinderella #2 is going up for ebay auction on January 24th – 31st 2015! Stay tuned!

 

 

4 months, 2 weeks ago 18
Posted in: New Doll

This is a first, in-progress glimpse of my new Cinderella, which will be going up on ebay auction in mere weeks.

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At this point I’ve already finished the face and let me tell ya, she turned out pretty. In fact, I believe that she is much lovelier and more emotive than my original 2009 prototype from which I painted this face. I suppose this is to be expected, as my painting style had been evolving and crystallizing into a consistent personal style over the last five years. In 2009 I only had 5 years of china painting under my belt, now I have 10.

I guess that for the sake of an experiment, I’ll be making my last Cinderella #3 in another 5 years. I wonder how those upcoming years of painting will reflect on my future aesthetic. How will these Cinderella’s look different and the same from one to another? How will my painting style progress and which direction will it take? Such existential questions hidden in china paint…

I guess that is the whole point of art: To help us confront and to question our existence, and to help us evolve into people we seek to become.

Beauty will save the world – (Dostoevsky).

4 months, 3 weeks ago 10
Posted in: New Doll

Hey hey friends! The Cinderella porcelain doll ebay auction is fast approacheth! I haven’t finalized the date yet, but it will be announced as soon as I complete the doll next week. Eee! Here’s what I’m working on today. It’s Cinderella’s last accessory for her big ball.

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It’s that noseless Venetian Mask that I’ve wanted to make for, oh, this whole last year. It seems fitting that Cinderella should wear one, don’t you think? She is attending a festive masquerade after all. Also I’m in a major festive spirit myself, even though Vancouver holiday season means lots of oppressive greyness and rain, rain, rain. And then some more rain. And then when you think that it can’t possibly keep raining and raining like this….it does. And does. And does some more. While I long for snow, snow, snow! Sometimes I wonder if costal climate is right for me…I guess you can get a girl out of Siberia, but you can’t get Siberia out of a girl. But I digress.

K, going back to work now. Stay tuned for more progress shots.

4 months, 4 weeks ago 9

So, as you guys know there is an annual ebay auction of a porcelain doll coming up in a few weeks. You may also know that this year’s auction doll is a limited edition Cinderella #2 of 3 pieces. And these special, one of a kind shoes are a part of her costume set. I only made 3 pairs – one for each Cinderella.
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They are a variation of my Extravagance design, but with an added decorative lace motif on the toe box to achieve a more distinct high Rococo aesthetic. Today I will be putting final touches on her dress and playing around with her collar. I might add something extra to it too. Stay tuned for more pictures. Cinderella is going into its final manufacturing stage! Auction date will be announced soon.

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5 months ago 8

I do love to bead me some lace!

But I hate it when this happens!

5 months, 1 week ago 9

I made another shoe design for Enchanted Dolls. They are a hybrid of a classical pencil heel Stiletto and an iconic Mary Jane with an arch strap. I shall call them The Elegance! They are now available for pre-order in sterling silver at $395 CAD. But let me tell you a little bit more about my process first.

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I’ve never attempted this high-rise, low-cut shoe design before, because my dolls’ feet do not bend at the toes and can not conform to the contorted nature of pumps. Although I do have an alternate, bent-at-the-toes pair of feet, I don’t like them much and choose to work with natural, flat feet instead. This demands that I design all my shoes, including high heels, for absolutely flat feet. This can be tricky, as I have to ‘hide’ the unbent toes somewhere to create the optical illusion that they are bent.

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In the past I used tall platform shoes to create this illusion, which tended to limit my shoe designs somewhat, because low-cut shoes like these pencil stilettos have no platform to ‘hide’ or ‘drop’ the toes in to give the illusion of a bent foot. But no more! I decided to embrace the straight toes and incorporate them into all my shoe designs from now on. No more hiding them!

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Now, I understand this is a little bit unorthodox and can seem awkward at first, but no more awkward in my opinion, than the regular pumps that contort our feet into brutally uncomfortable positions for the sake of sex appeal.

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So, once I let go of the standard notion that toes have to be bent or hidden to fit into shoes, it liberated me to create something this dainty and low cut to expose as much of the lovely porcelain foot as I can.

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The colourful arch strap meanwhile, is a personal favourite of mine and a staple feature of all Enchanted Doll shoes. I think it adds a certain warmth and coyness of Mary Janes to the cold beauty of precious metals.

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And now that I’ve divorced myself from the idea of hiding my dolls’ toes, I wonder what shoe I’m gonna make next. The possibilities are exciting.

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What do you guys thin of the straight down, exposed toe style? Like it? Hate it? Tell me.



6 months, 3 weeks ago 56
Posted in: Doll Accessories

It’s that glorious time of year again, folks! The annual Enchanted Doll ebay auction is coming up this November! Can you guess which doll will be auctioned off this year? You get one guess. Here’s a clue.

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I’ll be posting more progress photos as we get closer to November. The exact date of the auction will be announced soon. Are you as excited as I am?

7 months, 1 week ago 24

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I like to look at Orchids, but I really dislike having them in my home. I can never seem to create the right conditions for them to stay in bloom, and I don’t have the patience to keep their ugly, bare sticks around while they are dormant. I’ve even come to resent them for their fussiness, and now I scoff at them whenever I pass by a florist. They are really striking flowers though, and perhaps one day I will meet an Orchid that doesn’t require I bend over backwards to keep it blooming all year round.

I made this little guy after reading Black Orchids – a noir detective fiction from the Nero Wolfe Mysteries, by Rex Stout. Not sure where I will take it from here or what project it will be used for, or even if I like it enough to make more, but it’s good to have the technique in reserve when the need arises.

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7 months, 1 week ago 16
Posted in: Doll Accessories