Category : New Doll

4 years, 1 month ago 8

Last week I took a few days off engraving my new porcelain doll codenamed: ‘Madman P‘, to finally finish making a resin doll prize for this year’s winner of my annual Birthday Contest. It was a welcome change for my engraving hand and my routine after a few months of doing basically the same thing. Even art can get boring without variety.
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I had spent oh, maybe 2-3 solid days fighting with all of my mohair to make a wig for this girl. With the drought going on right now, it was so static-y and frizzy….and with the glue drying so wonky, I basically just wanted to set everything on fire in my bathtub and watch it burn. But, as usual, it all worked out in the end. Can’t make a good doll without a good struggle, and this doll turned out extra-good! Stay tuned for more pictures next week.

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4 years, 2 months ago 31
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So for over a year now, I’ve been steadily working on a project under the code name of Madman P.

I’m not going to tell you much more about her just yet, as she is at the stage where she will begin to reveal herself pretty quickly from now on. The thought makes me giddy. I’ve never thrown my doll a wrap-party before, but I think she may warrant one, as she had nearly taken my sanity to the kiln with her. Although, at two-thirds of the way through, there’s still time to lose my mind.

Before I can begin painting Madman P., I’ve got to test some brand new china-paints, so now I’m going to get on my skates, or possibly a Razor scooter and roll on over to the local tile shop for some porcelain tiles to paint. This brand is geared more towards painting dishes than dolls, so I’m not sure if the flow and consistency will work, but I’m hoping to be able to adapt them to my application. Time to go and finish Madman P. before I go mad-my-self.

 

4 years, 5 months ago 44
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Hey folks, I finished a new costumed doll! Presenting – Cinderella Of The North, inspired by Johan Vermeer’s 1665 masterpiece Girl with a Pearl Earring, nicknamed Mona Lisa of the North! 

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This doll actually started out in 2011 as a Chrisitian Andersen’s Matchstick Girl, but in the 3 years it took to make her, she had subverted my original intent and evolved almost of her own volition, into a Flemish Cinderella with Dutch, Belgian and Norwegian costuming influences. I photographed her in chiaroscuro, or Rembrandt Lighting, to allude to Flemish portraiture of the Golden Age and Baroque periods, which featured dark atmospheric tones, deep shadows and dramatic contrast lighting. My goal was to capture a look of a 16th century Dutch oil painting.

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In allusion to the Cinderella’s formerly affluent childhood, her once opulent – now ‘peasant’ dress was stitched up with 170 richly colourful patches and embroidered with hundreds of Swarovski crystals, seed beads and Freshwater Pearls. I imagined that all those patches are fragments of her outgrown childhood gowns – now rags, which she’s been using for years to keep her one remaining tattered dress intact, while her pristine lace bonnet and precious silver slippers are the only legacy and inheritance from her dear late mother. Cindrella Of The North is a an exploration of the darker side of the fairy tale – before the ball and the happy ever after.

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The other three key influences that informed this work were a 1919 Cinderella illustration by Arthur Rackham, a novel Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister by Gregory Maguire, and fairy tale illustrations by Sulamith Wulfing.

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To see more pictures of this doll, please visit her gallery here.

 

 

4 years, 6 months ago 19

 

 

Here is part two of “Cinderella Comes Together“, a behind the scenes look at the Cinderella doll being put together. Part one started with the doll being strung, and part two moves on to the other elements of the doll (Stand, dress, wig). Part three will be posted later this week.

What’s your favourite shot so far (from either part)?

Be sure to watch it in HD on the Vimeo page.

4 years, 6 months ago 18
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The annual Enchanted Doll auction is now live, as the all new Cinderella #2 is currently up for auction. The link to the auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cinderella-Porcelain-Enchanted-Doll-BJD-/331459729976?

There are all new photos that can be found on the auction page. More will be coming during the week, so stay tuned.

Part 2 of the “Cinderella Comes Together” video will be posted shortly!

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4 years, 6 months ago 11

You guys! Yesterday I had a very long and productive photoshoot with my newest doll Cinderella, who as you already know, is going up for an annual Enchanted Doll ebay auction in just a few hours! In the afternoon I’ll be posting her final studio pictures and releasing the second part of the three-part Cinderella creation film. So stay tuned for all these exciting things happening today, and in the meantime enjoy some of last night’s snapshots from the set!
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4 years, 7 months ago 31

 

I’ve got a little surprise for your folks. While I’ve been busy making Cinderella, Chad has been busy making a film of me making Cinderella! This special little doll, as you might have heard, is going up for an annual ebay auction on January 24th-31st! Please enjoy this part one of the three part series of short films about the creation of this doll, and stay tuned for the second!

You  can view the video in HD on Vimeo

 

4 years, 7 months ago 19
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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 years, 7 months ago 36
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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 years, 8 months ago 18
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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!