Category : show

1 year, 3 months ago 7
Posted in: show

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Hey fellow Vancouverites! My large doll Glorianna is going to be on display in down town Vancouver, Monday, Sept 21st as a part of an installation at the Dinner by Design gala. Sorry for the short notice, bit it was a bit of a short notice for me too. Initially I was planning to show 3 small dolls, but the space was too cavernous, so I made a last minute switch to one large doll instead.

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What is Dinner by Design?

“Monogram Dinner by Design brings together internationally celebrated designers and local talent to create three-dimensional dining installations that awe, inspire and delight. These extraordinary dining environments — from the lavish and romantic to the outrageous and whimsical.”

There were large rooms containing “tablescapes”, small unique dining rooms carefully crafted by different designers. Sunday and Monday the dining installations are on display for viewing (public viewing 11-3 on Monday), and then the installations come alive at the Gala dinner on Monday night. Proceeds from the event are going to The Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research.

More info on the event can be found here: http://dinnerxdesign.com/dxd-vancouver.html

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3 years, 6 months ago 25
Posted in: New Doll, show

This doll will be in the 10th Anniversary exhibition at Strychnin Gallery in Berlin, on August 16th! She is already on route there and I’ll be out of town until Aug 5th, so please send your inquiries about her price and availability to Elizabetta at Strychnin Gallery.

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I was inspired by the Renaissance oil painting traditions in creating this brand new face sculpt. It has characteristically small and puffy lips, delicate chin, gently arching brows, heavy eyelids and golden hair. Sleeping Beauty is nude porcelain doll in a 14k gold-plated bronze crown, set set with 11 faceted Amethyst gemstones and 9 fresh-water Pearls. Her removable magnetic wig is made of mohair as soft and as delicate as a spider web, while her translucent features and complexions are painted with china paint. Joints are lined with leather. She comes with my signature carbon steel stand with a flexible armpit hold and a custom tin box for safe-keeping.

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3 years, 6 months ago 20
Posted in: New Doll, show

Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll have a piece for sale at the 10th Year Anniversary show at Strychnin Gallery in Berlin, called ‘All (My) Starts’, opening the 16th of August 2013. This is a very special event that celebrates a very special gallery, and though I’m booked up to the gills, I couldn’t turn down the request to participate. I even made a brand new head mold to unveil at this exhibition. Sleeping Beauty! This is She! (in progress)
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Gold crown set with Pearls and Amethysts. (in progress)

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And my new little home studio all set up for work! (also, in progress). You see, this doll celebrates not just one, but two special events, because she is the first doll to be completed here, in my new work space and my new home. She symbolizes beginnings of things.

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“All my starts”. August 16th. Strychnin Gallery. More pictures and info coming tomorrow.

 

3 years, 7 months ago 11
Posted in: show, travels

…With amazing artists Ragnar (left), Coop (front middle), Gris Grimly (right) and Bob Self – the Master of Ceremonies (back)!

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Or, here is Gris’ version of how the trip went down. Yup, pretty accurate. I guess that’s me on top, waving an American flag. Love this poster! It’s a limited edition, and you can still get it from the Baby Tattoo Books, signed by all of us, of course. A few limited edition Enchanted Doll prints are left over too. I think you would like them, because they are beautiful.

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Thanks for being nice to me, guys, I had a great time driving around America with you. Look forward to doing it again! And thanks for all the fans who came out to see us on the road. It was a blast!

America is beautiful! And huge. Here are my interstate highway impressions of each state we drove through. I loved them all. Even Wyoming, a little bit.

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Wow, Los Angeles is…sprawl-y, and huge, but not very tall.

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South California…after a few hours of this landscape, I began to think I was on Mars.

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Nevada. Yup, must still be on Mars…with some space weeds.

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Utah. Definitely Mars.

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Wyoming. All…this…stark…emptiness….whoa…

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Colorado. We circled all the mountains and the rest of it was like this. With the storm coming.

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Kansas. Holly shit, we’re driving straight into the first tornado that ravaged Oklahoma on May 19th. It crossed the highway just ahead of us. We didn’t see it, but we felt its presence in the distance as our van shook with the force of wind and rain. We pulled over on the shoulder, not knowing what to do. There was nowhere to go but forward, into darkness. It crossed all of our minds that we could die. I’ve never seen anything like this before…and I was terrified.

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Oklahoma. I’ve never seen a lightning storm like this before either. It happened in the wake of a tornado. The massive cloud above us seemed to have been filled with fireworks that went off every second or two, setting the whole sky alight. We drove under it for an hour. It was scary-beautiful. Awe-inspiring.

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Texas. We raced out of Edmond, a suburb of Oklahoma-City the next morning with more tornado warnings on the way, and faced the placid skies of Texas, while it raged behind us. I couldn’t believe what was happening just hours away as I stood in this field and stared out into the hazy-hot horizon of blue and brown. All I could think about, selfishly so, was what if the tornado had struck a bit earlier, back there…while we slept…

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New Mexico. And we’re back on Mars.

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Arizona. In Sedona, I discovered a whole different kind of beauty to the lush, rainforest-covered mountains of the cool British Columbia. Much like that thunderstorm a day earlier, it was awe-striking. I tried a Rattlesnake for lunch (which tasted a bit like chicken), and couldn’t stop smiling at the red rocky formations.

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I must return there.

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And we’re back in California. What a trip. Loved every minute of it. Now I must draw a map.

Thank you, Baby Tattoo, for taking us there!

 

 

 

 

3 years, 8 months ago 10
Posted in: show, travels

Hey folks! We’re one stop down on our roadshow, and five more to go. Tonight’s event at the Trifecta Gallery in Las Vegas was so much fun, that I hadn’t even noticed the time fly by. Upon arriving to the gallery, I was incredibly surprised to learn that someone had sent me two dozen roses. That just made my day. Thank you, B!!!

 

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Only a few dolls were shown at this venue. I’ll be showing a different variety at each event. All of them will be shown together at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live in Kansas City (May 17-19)

We’ll be spending the night in Nevada, but first thing tomorrow morning we’ll be on our way again to the next venue at Night Flight Comics in Salt Lake City from 7-9pm.

 

3 years, 8 months ago 18
Posted in: Book, show, travels

You guys, you guys! I love road trips and I love dolls. This year I decided to combine the two and take my dolls on a road trip, stopping and showing them along the way at various art venues. I’m so excited! Other amazing artists Coop, Ragnar and Gris Grimly will be joining me on this road show, so our tour bus will be jam packed with talent.

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This morning the dolls and I and Chad, left the soggy and chilly Vancouver for the sunny and hot Los Angeles, where I’ll be joining the Baby Tattoo Books road show to promote my upcoming new book (to be released this summer)! Instead of a book, I brought my traveling Porcelain Collection with me.

These are the cities where we will be stopping. Come and see us!

Monday, May 13 (7:00-9:00PM)
Las Vegas
Trifecta Gallery
http://www.trifectagallery.com
(Coop will not be appearing in Las Vegas)
Free

Tuesday, May 14 (7:00-9:00PM)
Salt Lake City
Night Flight Comics
http://www.night-flight.com
Free

Wednesday, May 15 (7:00-9:00PM)
Denver
INDYINK
http://www.indyink.com
Free

Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 19 (see website for show hours)
Kansas City
Spectrum Fantastic Art Live
http://www.spectrumfantasticartlive.com
Convention Admission Required

Monday, May 20 (7:00-9:00PM)
Albuquerque
Stranger Factory
http://www.strangerfactory.com
Free

Tuesday, May 21
Phoenix
Lulubell Toy Bodega
http://www.lulubelltoys.com
Free

3 years, 8 months ago 47

Available at Strychnin Gallery in the Kingdoms of Twilight and Magic exhibition!

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Please allow me to introduce my brand new piece: The Princess and the Frog!

A spoiled princess Arabelle learns a lesson in keeping promises and finding true love after meeting and reluctantly befriending a Poison Dart frog, who challenges her self-centered world views and becomes her handsome prince. And she becomes a better person.

Based on the Grimm Brothers fairy tale “The Frog Prince”.

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Materials and construction:

A porcelain doll with a one of a kind engraving and a limited edition head ornament customized with one of a kind accents.
Conical headdress carved in wax, cast in bronze, plated with 24k gold, enameled and set with 15 faceted blue Topazes and 5 pearls. Pendant is a blue Topaz in 18k gold setting with a 24k gold plated chain. Tattoo of a Poison Dart frog is a combination of engraving on porcelain and china-painting. Veil is soft bridal chiffon, set with 300 Austrian crystals. Doll is ball-jointed, china-painted porcelain, lined with leather and strung with 11 steel springs. Wig is removable, magnetic mohair fiber, permanently-styled into 15 braids.

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After months in construction, I’m crazy about how it had turned out!

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Inquire at Strychnin Gallery for details.

 

3 years, 9 months ago 45
Posted in: Book, New Doll, show, travels

Friends! I’ve got some great news for you!

News number One: The 4th edition of the Enchanted Doll book is being released this summer! It’s being published by Baby Tattoo Books, in Los Angeles!

News number Two: I will be promoting the upcoming book in person and showing my traveling doll collection with the Baby Tattoo Books roadshow May 13-21st in 6 US cities; Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Denver, Kansas City, Albuquerque and Phoenix!

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Wow, I’m so excited! These are the dates for each city. Exact times, venues and other details will be announced soon. There will be other amazing artists too. Come and see us. On the Baby Tattoo Books roadshow!

Monday, May 13 – Las Vegas ( 7-9 pm at Trifecta Gallery)
Tuesday, May 14 – Salt Lake City (7:00 – 9:00 pm at Night Flight Comics)
Wednesday, May 15 – Denver
Friday-Sunday, May 17-19 – Kansas City (Spectrum Live)
Monday, May 20 – Albuquerque
Tuesday, May 21 – Phoenix

3 years, 9 months ago 27
Posted in: New Doll, show

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This is a concept drawing for a new doll I’m currently working on. It’s been in the works for almost 4 months and I’m very excited about it. This piece is for an upcoming show ‘Kingdoms of Twilight and Magic’, which opens at Strychnin Gallery in Berlin on May 10th. In just about a month from now.

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And this is a partial 3D model of the cone headdress. It’s still being programmed into the CNC machine for carving, and I’m a little apprehensive about how it will turn out. The reason I had decided to use a CNC carver for this, instead of hand carving it myself, was the amount of minute scrolling details, which I did not think I could carve very well.

Next week this cone will (hopefully) be ready for the moulding stage, then casting…and then I can show you the whole doll. Quickly cross your fingers for me, and will this cone to come out ok. Thank you.

 

 

4 years, 2 months ago 35
Posted in: Book, show, travels

Over the last 9 days I’ve been making my way North to Estonia from the sunny Italy, stopping over in Croatia, Hungary, Poland and Finland on the way. Tomorrow I will finally arrive in Tallinn to take part in the Shocking Art of Dolls exhibition at the Estonian Doll Art house. It is a month long show, but Enchanted Doll is making a special appearance there only for the 1st opening week, and then we’re heading home.

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I will be there in person from the preview opening on Nov 9th, also 10th, 11th and evenings on the 12th and 13th. While there, I will be signing 100 copies of the Russian language Enchanted Doll book. (Волшебные Куклы Марины Бычковой). So, if you are in Tallinn, come and see me, pick up a copy and get a personalized signature.

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See you there!