Friends, I am thrilled to announce that in 2014 a limited edition Enchanted Doll book is coming to China!
I’ve partnered up with a Canadian-Chinese company TX River, to translate, publish and distribute my book, and to promote the Enchanted Doll brand in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The release is slated for spring/summer 2014. The manuscript is already being translated into Chinese and expanded with my most recent dolls! A book signing tour in China is being planned for the summer, and once the dates are set, you’ll be the first to know. Pre-order dates will also be announced. It is my understanding that pre-orders will open sometime in winter/spring 2014.
You will be getting regular updates as this project develops. I’m looking forward to working with TX River to bring Enchanted Doll book to China!
I’ve been working on completing my image of Daphne. She is almost ready. Seeing how she was a stalking victim who tried to evade her stalker Apollo, I decided to give her a disguise. A beautiful disguise!
And remember how I told you that Daphne was going to have a new metal accessory? Well, ta-da!
See where I’m going with this?
These are only wax models. Just wait til you see the casts. Not long now, but in the meantime you’ll have to guess which one of these masks the lovely Daphne is going to be waring in her final costume: Nose or no-nose. Who knows, it might even sway my decision.
Let the guessing game commence!
Hey guys, thanks so much for helping me choose a cover the next edition of Enchanted Doll book! I’ll announce The One shortly.
In the meantime, check out a couple of snapshots from my studio during the filming of an episode for a certain TV show. Not sure if it aired yet, but in any case I’ll tell you more about it later. And post ‘my’ episode here once the season is wrapped up.
Guys, guys, guys! The new, extended English language edition of the Enchanted Doll book is going to print next week! It will be available for pre-orders by the end of the month! The last thing I need to do, is choose two front covers: one for a signed edition of 500 and the second cover is for the trade, unsigned edition. I’ve got my own favorites, but I’d like to hear what yours are. I may change my mind. Choose three favorites from these 8 candidates. Tell me!
Oh, Daphne my Daphne! I’m afraid I’m growing more attached to you every day. That’s unusual for me… How will I let you go now?
This braid tiara was inspired by the hair styles of Greek ladies from antiquity. Like Daphne’s hair, it’s made of silk fiber. I think I will include it with the doll. There is still that new metal accessory left to reveal before the auction can begin! Soon my darlings, soon!
These are my porcelain prototypes for the master molds of the resin dolls.
I made these a while back. Every now and then I pull up my spinning chair up to the tallest shelf in my studio and while wobbling precariously, I bring this case down to look at them for a few minutes. It’s become almost like a strange ritual of meditation.
I sit down at my desk, switch on the light and run my hands slowly, deliberately along the perimeter of the box until it feels right to open it. My thumbs find the two clasps on the front, I feel a moment of pressure and then two clicks, and the lid comes up while I behold the contents as they glow softly in the white light of my lamp. I observe that once bright violet, the foam fades and turns more and more yellow each time I open it. At first, I touch the parts lightly with my index finger, but then, having satisfied myself that they are truly there, I run the open palm of my hand over them all, feeling the topography of the body curves brushing against my skin. I slowly pull out a part and caress it lovingly with my fingers, turning it over this way and that, enjoying the pearly sensation of cool smoothness on my finger tips. Sometimes I smile to myself, feeling vaguely satisfied with my work. Other times, I notice mistakes and make mental notes on how to improve my technique.
I don’t worship my dolls. It’s not a ritual of self-congratulation and back-patting. The reason I take them out from time to time and sit over them quietly for a few minutes, is because incredibly, they hold memories of myself and my thoughts at the time of their creation. They are the like tree rings of my life. Tiny fragments of my past self documented in porcelain, captured inside its texture, and touching it allows me to access those long-gone moments. And it feels good to be able to revisit myself as I was then, and say: “Hey you, yeah you. You can do better than this. Now get back to work”.
On that note, I’m finally going to be making a new, Christmas batch of resin dolls next month, and those of you who are coming up next on the wait list will be notified within two weeks!
Stay tuned for more photos of ebay doll Daphne are in the next post.
I’m really excited to show you my new doll, even though I’m still working on her. She is Daphne, inspired by a famous and tragic Greek myth of Daphne and Apollo. It’s an ancient story about Stalking, which sadly, still seems as relevant today as it was thousands of years ago. The old gods are long dead, but violence against women still thrives, as if that is the oldest and only truly immortal god of mankind. The story of Apollo and Daphne – of a stalker and his victim, is a story of many women today.
According to mythology, Daphne was a beautiful forest nymph who was relentlessly pursued by the love-struck God Apollo, who refused to take a no for an answer. The lovely Daphne on the other hand, did not appreciate being treated like anyone’s possession and desperately tried to flee her stalker. Eventually there was nowhere else left for her to run and she made a final, terrible decision to escape the deranged Apollo by becoming a Laurel Tree.
Defending her right to free will and self-agency had cost Daphne everything she had – her mobility, her identity, her appearance, her aspirations, her very humanity, and essentially, her freedom to pursue a life she wanted. It’s a high price to pay for anyone. If this classical myth of Apollo and Daphne is not a classic example of criminal harassment and stalking, then I don’t know what is.
This is how I imagined Daphne. Her chest and thighs are engraved with ornate floral motifs t0 symbolize her inevitable transformation into a tree.
She will be going up for auction in November. Next batch of her pics will go up this week!
Just got this in the mail the other day! The Enchanted Doll/Lux spread is 7 pages long, with each one of my dolls representing a scent of Lux soap: Soft Luxury, White Charm, Floral Touch, Velvet Luxury, Dream Daylight.
Pretty Cool. Oh, and look, who is that hiding behind the page? Is that the new ebay auction doll? I guess we won’t know until I post her pictures next week… ;)
Today I’m making a second, silk wig for this pretty little doll, which will be going up on ebay in November! She will have two wigs. And a special new, metal accessory I’m working on parallel to the doll.
She is keeping the secrets of her final appearance for now, as I don’t want to build your first impression of her with bad snapshots of the work-in-progress. I’ll be posting more teasers of her this week and next, until finally all is revealed!
I can’t wait.