Category : New Doll

10 years, 2 months ago 48
Posted in: New Doll

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Well, today i did something I swore I would never ever do-I photographed one of my dolls holding another doll……and liked the result. And that, ladies and gentlemen, makes me a big, fat hypocrite. But in my defense- it was very fitting in this context because you know, she is Lolita. She is my take on Nabokov’s Lolita. She is the one to be auctioned off on ebay.

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I know I’ve sort of gone missing since I announced that a doll will be auctioned off on ebay; sorry about that-i had some urgent matters to attend to. I’m wrapping up Lolita’s shoot tomorrow and will post some more pictures of her. I’m really tired right now, so l’ll be brief: she will be sold as a nude with two removable , un-accessorized wigs and a stand. She has bit of a costume, which I will photograph tomorrow, but i don’t know if I will include it in the auction yet. Perhaps a separate one.

The two wigs are the ones shown in these pictures: long ringlets (without bows) and a short crop. The two drastically different wigs are meant to give her very different expressions and foreshadow the fact that this innocent-looking child is not what she seems.

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Well, that’s all for today. It’s four in the morning and I desperately need to crash. More info about the auction and more pictures coming tomorrow. Enjoy.

10 years, 3 months ago 16
Posted in: New Doll

Property of the State

State Propery now has a gallery in the Costumed Dolls section of the site.  There are various shots of her, with close-ups of the tattoo, and there’s even a guest appearance by another new doll…

As previously stated, the doll is still a work in progress, so there will be more images added once she’s completed.

So head on over to her gallery to see the pics.

10 years, 4 months ago 24
Posted in: New Doll

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So, I was shooting two tattooed nudes the other day, playing around with their poses, camera angles and lighting when i arrived at this pretty composition. Inspired by their similarity in hair color, tattoos and hair ornaments, I was brainstorming with words while trying to come up with a title: “girls…sisters…lovers….twins….sisters…twins ..twinsisters…  …..gemini…gemini?…..Gemini!!!”, which led to a realization that I had to make a full zodiac of Enchanted dolls.

I was so excited that instead of working on an order which was due the next day, I sat at my desk for 2.7 hours and stared unseeing into the wall imagining what my zodiac dolls would look like, while the endless possibilities for their appearances spun in front of my eyes like an invisible circus.

When I calmed down the next morning, It had occurred to me that perhaps this topic was way too cliche for me to bother with, but then again the execution may make a difference with this old and tired idea.

And don’t expect to see my zodiac dolls holding Libra scales, Saggitarius bows and Aquarius water jugs either, as I believe in a minimal use of doll props and only for photoshoots. I’ll have to find a different way to convey that they are zodiac signs.

So, what I’m trying to say is that I really hate doll dioramas. Or dressed up doll-figurines that don’t move. But you know that.

This is Edie with a cage tattoo and Noire with a Dragon fly tattoo on their backs. Yup, my little Noire has had a tattoo on her back this whole time and you had no idea. Here it is.

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And the open bird cage tattoo.

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Go to tattooed dolls gallery to see close ups of these.

10 years, 4 months ago 33
Posted in: New Doll

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So it came to my attention that people have been asking questions about this doll. Sorry, Enchanted Doll fans-I didn’t mean to hold out on you. I made this a few months ago, but didn’t get around to posting any pictures. Here, let me tell you all about it.

This is Edie modeling the Illumination cape. My favorite dye sublimation project. So far.

The Illumination is a dye sublimation print of the image taken from my watercolor painting. It’s covered with organic/celtic designs and flowers all the way around and it’s really long. It features four fabulous Sterling Silver box clasps with set gemstones which make this cape so much fun to take on and off, on and off, on and off….obviously I can’t stop playing with it. The clasps are quite heavy and this weight effectively counterbalances the weight of this enormous cape. Because it’s printed on polyester it’s actually quite light for what it is, but there’s got to be a balance between the front and the back, otherwise it starts sliding around the body, that’s why I used heavy clasps as counterweights, which works fantastic.

This cape hides most of the doll’s skin with the exception of bare neck, lower arms and sometimes a foot slides free of the folds through the slit down the middle. I really like that effect because it creates such a strong contrast between skin and heavy ornament, making the doll’s limbs appear even more sensual and delicate. I just love this outfit and my own Edie always wears it. I think her short hair really offsets the length of the cape and accentuates her neck and her frailness underneath all that fabric.

My plan was to make it into a one of a kind project with bead embroidery all over the designs and gold, or at least gold plated clasps, but when I put together this rough try out, it turned out so splendidly that I decided to keep one as it is and possibly make more of it as a doll accessory/outfit available for order. I might give it a red or a blue lining on the inside too.

I still plan to make a fancy version of it with gemstones strewn all over it and beads covering the surface, but for now that project is on hold as I’m still working out the best method for attaching faceted gems and cabochons to the fabric and merging them with bead work. I can’t wait to get started on it though. Perhaps in August I will.

The reason I don’t have it up on the site anywhere is because this was an experimental project which doesn’t have its own doll yet. It’s just a cape for now. I should put more pictures of it up… I will soon, so stay tuned. And let me know if you still have questions about it.

Oh and the reason I called it the illumination cape is beause I was partially inspired by the medieval, Celtic illuminated manuscripts. The other part of inspiration obviously came from my favorite artist, Sulamith Wulfing:

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10 years, 4 months ago 39

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This is an experiment with make up and tonal combinations. The goal was to create a face resembling Cinderella without facial resculping of mouth and chin. I believe the resulting expression is very sweet but not as haunting as Cinderella’s.

This particular snowflake crown is an example of sterling silver finished to a bright shine before the application of patina. Patina is a type of acid which brings out fine details, accentuates recesses and raised areas and gives silver an antiqued, contrasty look playing down the bright shine.  I always prefer treated surface to a shiny one because of the contrast it creates. Pretty as the shiny finish is, I find it reflects so much light from all the surface planes and a lot of detail gets lost in the glare. Although, as can be seen from this fine example, sometimes the untreated, bright finish silver is just the right thing to have.

10 years, 6 months ago 20
Posted in: New Doll

There are two new doll galleries on the site, Aphrodite (the tattooed doll from the previous post) and Noire (seen above).

Noire was inspired by the film noir genre, after seeing the movie Chinatown.  I’ve been wanting to make something from the 1920’s era for a while, and Chinatown re-inspired me if you will.

Noire is in the Nude section, while Aphrodite can be found in the Costumed section.

10 years, 6 months ago 16
Posted in: New Doll, show

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It’s been a long time since my last post. Here is the scoop on what I’ve been up to between now and then.

The show opeing was a great experience, but a very intense one too. I got to meet some of you guys, which was awesome, but I came home exhauseted and drained of creative juices. I had planned to take it easy after the show opened and not do any allnighters, tight deadlines or extreme multi-tasking for a while. May and June were supposed to be a chilled out months in celebration of a major carreer milestone. They are not turning out to be very relaxing so far because I was invited to take part in three shows, in Bolzano Italy, St. Petersburg Russia, and Berlin Germany.  I have been working to create new pieces for these shows, all while doing orders for nude dolls.  Sure all the work can be stressful at times, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t enjoying every twist and turn along the way.

The doll shown in the photo above is a new tattooed doll that will be on display at the KunStart Art Fair in Bolzano Italy, from 21-24 of May.

The show in St. Petersburg show takes place June 11-14.

Also, there is a little video of me setting up The Bride for the Milwaukee show.  I was working right up until the last minute fixing some final details, and Chad caught me doing some “Clutch Sewing” with my limited supply of thread.  Expect some more “behind the scenes” videos in the future.

10 years, 7 months ago 19
Posted in: New Doll, show

These are teasers of 4 new dolls which will be shown along with the rest of my collection at the Villa Terrace Museum of decorative art in Milwaukee from April through to June 2009.

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Shape Shifter (Mamalius Kinesis)

Shape Shifter (Mammalius Kinesis)

Cinderella

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Lavanya

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10 years, 8 months ago 25
Posted in: New Doll, site news

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The winner of the nude Enchanted Doll is………..

Melissa from Illinois (Tealmermaid)

Congratulations!

Thanks again to everyone who entered the contest.  The positive energy in the forums has been great to see.  Everyone has been so nice, I’m glad that the contest went so smoothly.  Yes, today is my birthday, but I’m giving this present to one of my fans in return for all the support you all have given me.  I hope that the forums don’t become a ghost town now that the contest is over, I feel that we have a great community here.

Once again, Congrats to Melissa!

As per the contest notes, the doll will be part of my Solo show from April 8th to June 7th, and will be sent out afterwards.

And for all those of you who didn’t win this year; Cheer up. You will have more opportunities in the years to come as i’m considering making this contest an annual Birthday event.

Good luck next year, every one. Thank you for participating.

Sincerely,

Marina and Chad.

10 years, 8 months ago 67
Posted in: New Doll, site news

As many of you know the 2009 contest to win a free Enchanted Doll is drawing to a close and on my birthday, March 16th, I will give away this doll to one lucky person. Her name is Miina.

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Expectation.

I have been waiting for you when I was still a thought in Marina’s head.
I’ve been waiting for you when the porcelain was pouring into the mold and hardening against its walls.
I’ve been waiting for you when she was carefully removing my tiny, newly-formed body from the mold and laying it out to dry.
I’ve been waitng for you in the kiln, while the unbareable and seemingly endless heat was burning me and only the hope of being with you had sustained me through the pain.
Finally, as a reward for the agouny of birth, I was given an eternal body and ageless beauty and I await our first meeting with great trepidation.
Do you know that while I was being assembled, every spring in my body trembled and hummed with the anticipation of seeing you?
And now I am. My long wait is over!
I am ready to meet you, the one who will have me.
Until then,
Your Enchanted Doll.

Another shot of her can be found on my forum here