Down the memory lane

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Me in 1996 and 2006

Me in 1996 and 2006

I can’t believe how much time has passed since the first picture was taken. It makes me sad thinking about it, though I don’t think I would want to go back to being 14, fun as that was. I’m pretty happy with myself, and where I am right now. When that photo was taken, I was already making dolls for 8 years.

My little sisters and I: then and now. In 1996 I'm on the right and in 2009 I'm in the middle.

                         My little sisters and I: then and now.                                             In 1996 I'm on the right and in 2009 I'm in the middle

My sister’s names are Irina and Alina. Marina, Irina and Alina. I don’t know what my mom was thinking. I guess she thought it was cute that all our names sounded the same. My middle sister, Irina (pink top) is studying to be a dental hygienist on the East Coast and this is the first time I got to see her this year. She flew in as a surprise for Alina’s high school graduation ceremony, who is going to study medicine at the University of British Columbia.


My family in 1996 and 2009

Yup, we’ve changed some since the first picture was taken. The little one is now too big to sit on my parents’ lap. We all still call the “The little one”, though she is taller than both of her older sisters…and I think our parents too.

It was good to be together again with my parents, like when we were little girls.

21 Responses

  1. annina says:

    oh it’s nice to see these pictures of you and your family, nice get together.
    do any of your family members have their own enchanted dolls? :)

  2. Marina says:

    I gave my mom a Safia doll as a gift for her birthday. She is her favorite doll.

  3. Diana Dang says:

    How the time flies ♥

  4. Crystal says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful history. I always have loved to hear how certain people grew up and were influenced. Now you have put some actual faces to that history. I have also read some of your other memories of Siberia and your Grandmother finding one of your dolls. It’s really fascinating thanks so much!

  5. swdolls says:

    Very nice pictures. You have your mom’s features and your dad’s eyes.

  6. Marina says:

    Happy father’s day, daddy!

  7. miss LK says:

    Maybe there will be a new ED in the future that’s an older version of one of the existing EDs?

    Not sure if I remember correctly from one of your interviews… were you working on a male ED inspired by Dorian Gray? This project must be very fascinating!

  8. Silvana says:

    Hi Marina, beautiful family, and beautiful picture. I loved to know your family!
    I loved your latest dolls to. Congrats for your beautiful creation!

  9. Crystal says:

    I’m sorry I don’t usually like to comment twice but….. Well, I think it must have been destiny that your Mom and Dad so bravely came to Canada. I don’t think you could have accomplished what you did if you were still in Siberia.

  10. Marina says:

    Yes, I agree with you, Crystal. I don’t think I would be doing this professionally had my family stayed in Siberia. I appreciate all the sacrifices my parents made to give their kids a good life.

  11. Sarthak says:

    Awww…these are such lovely memories to have ! thank you marina, for sharing these pictures !

  12. Lumina says:

    such a cute family, and beautiful sisters.. you are lucky girl =)

  13. ~Mia says:

    Thank you for sharing such a lovely family!

    I enjoyed seeing the “Then” and “Now” photos!*!*
    Your mom and dad looks super cool !
    Hope you had a lovely “Father’s Day!” *~*~

  14. Lumina says:

    i have yust been watching gallery other artwork and noticed one picture in gallery oil and acrilycs.
    is woman cutting her vens your self-portrait? umm… sorry if i am to curious.

  15. Marina says:

    Um, I guess it’s kind of a self portrait, Lumina, because everything an artist creates is essentially a self portrait on some level.

    I wasn’t a very rebellious teenager, the least rebellious of my sisters, because I felt I had it pretty good and couldn’t find much to rebel against.

    There were semi-frequent, customary fights with my parents of course, and I think this painting was a product of one such fight. But to be quite honest, I made it mostly to scare my parents and I think it worked well. I painted it all night and then just left it in my room still sitting on an easel as I left for school. I came home that day to a couple of rather frightened parents.

    Sorry mom and dad. I was 16.

  16. Anchesenamon says:

    Marina,thank you for sharing with us this pics of your family ) You such a good daughter!!!

  17. Manu says:

    Hi Marina , you have a great family thanks to share some parts of your souvenir with us.

  18. Claudia says:

    Beautiful family.
    Your talent is amazing. I admire your work and strive to make my own dolls a thing of beauty.


  19. iki says:

    oh you look so cute, and i think that if we had known when you were at that age i will deeply fall in love of you

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