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Pictures of painting details.

“Sumpa kita”
Ma. Stephanie Abad
Acrylic on canvas
12×18 inches



Meryl H

The Japanese Baroque Pearl Diver
The first time I came across these postcards was when I was around 12 years old. We were sorting through my late Grandpa’s belongings when I came upon the most ornate wooden box I’d ever seen. Inside was a mess of photographs and postcards. I avoided the postcards of Japanese pearl divers because at the time it felt ‘improper’ for a young girl to look at topless woman. Over time, my opinion on the human body changed and now I admire these brave women for their dangerous profession and skill. I wanted to pay homage though idea of a baroque pearl being misshaped but still beautiful is the main idea for the work. The misshapen part of the body is the breasts which, when a woman is developing, can grow at different sizes. To most it is an embarrassing problem but in the work embraces the lack of symmetry as a human beauty. The connection with sea can be seen in the tattoos which represent waves, currents and sea life. Tattooed in her palm is the pearl that reflects her.
A pearl can be misshapen but is still beautiful.




Morgana (Le Fay)

She is a symbol of empowered woman in a story – The Arthurian Cycle – created to impose a new order (the « new christian religion » and Patriarchal order) upon the old one (the « Pagan religion » and world of Matriarchy), via cultural works.

As a symbol, she presents two faces :
The first (front tattoo), shown as the reality : a hard, and negative jealous woman who uses Dark Magic to get revenge : The queen of Witches; represented by a dark crowned raven with a Belladona flower in its claws.
The second (back tattoo), shows the buried truth : the white, pure and positive stag of the Good Magic, as Morgana – Le Fay -(la fée) can also be seen as a personification of a good Goddess of the Pagan religion, or even The Goddess Earth, herself !

I’m sorry about the colors in the picture, they are not as nuanced and detailed as my original (watercolor) because my scanner is not very good.
Anyway I did my best, and hope you’ll like my Morgana.




Naomi R

Modern Medusa

My Medusa is different to the character we know from myth. She is a woman empowered by her tattoo’s, the serpents a symbol of a powerful female energy. She now keeps the mirror which was once her down fall, although her heart remains of stone, perhaps more wary of love after she was turned to stone by confronting her own reflection.
(Ideally the mirror should sit in the crown, but be detachable to also be hand held. Also, for a photo she could be posed with a male doll painted like stone.)

Thankyou so much for the opportunity to enter your wonderful competition, i adore your dolls and reading your book brings me untold joy.
My husband and i have sat up together night after night, when our little girl Salome is asleep (who we think looks just like your Salome when she sulks!) working on our entries and its been lots of fun to have a creative project we both feel excited about!




This tattoo talk about freedom, the freedom of a bird that fly away from his cage, the freedom to dance between the branches of life.

Parts of the tattoo that comes out from the dotted line is intended to turn around the body of the doll. For example the leaves can continue in the right arm if you like.




I have chosen to do a tattoo design of gnarled entwined branches in representation of the spirit of nature, hoping to encompass a feel of mystery and
the unknown such as nature represents. She is as a wild animal, living in the present moment, provides food and shelter for predators and prey,
and then takes them back into the earth to replay the whole cycle again. the roots are strong in their deep foundations, yet the structure so delicate  with out stretched branches chasing the sunlight. It seems that we have lost a part of natural ways, so busy in our cities and modern cultures we build around our selves, but she is there inside all of us, waiting.




My idea i call ‘the traveler’. i would love to win your beautiful resin doll to give to my daughter Salome one day when she grows up.
we named her Salome because we love all the art work on the subject, we were stoked when we saw you had made a Salome art doll! she is Awesome.

i am not an artist, i have just cut and paste to show my concept. the map i have used is from google images.



Katya A

A few words about my contest sketch: lyriform ornament in yakutian culture means origin of everything. So it can represent feminine, flowers, trees, happiness at the expense of several variants of lines and spirals around S-shaped base. I prefer feminine treatment of this ornament, and tried to convey this meaning in my sketch. It is very simple, but has a large variability. Thank you, and sorry for my English

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Kiersten V

The series of tattoos I have designed are inspired by tragedies currently afflicting our world. Women in the Middle East have been permanently scarred by acid being thrown on them for various insults or offenses they have committed. The victim could be attacked for refusing an arranged marriage,  not wearing proper religious attire, or dishonoring their family. Worse, the attacks are often committed by close family members or neighbors. Sadly, reports of these terrible assaults are increasingly being found outside of the Middle East, in regions such as Europe and the United States.

Each of my designs was inspired by a real woman who has been marred from these atrocities. My goal was to create tattoos that would bring these horrific crimes to light, and generate awareness for these suffering women. At the same time, instead of focusing on their scars as something realistic and horrifying, I desired to turn them into something beautiful and intricate. This way, the designs reflect the unique beauty that is present inside each of the courageous victims.




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