Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Finally my latest muse has arrived! It's been a serious wait. I was on a waiting list to get ON the waiting list for over a year.
The dolls are made by a Russian Canadian artist, Marina Bychkova, and I've been obsessed ever since I first saw them.
I'm calling her Ophelia (since my husband has voted against it for the imminent baby). She arrived this morning , safe and more than secure (a bit b&d actually- i had to use my heavy weight cutters to get her bindings off). She is a porcelain ball jointed doll, which means she poses realistically.
The first thing that was apparent was that her scale is perfect for Jewellery Muse posing ( and Marina even pierced her ears for me). I knew she was 13" long, which is somewhat bigger than Barbie, but I wasn't sure really what she would look like next to jewellery (perfect is what).
When I picked her up, I discovered her weight is substantial enough to feel real, and light enough to reinforce the fairy like aspect. The fluidity of the movement was the biggest surprise- she moves very gracefully, and hold most poses well.
I'm planning to curl her hair (with toothpicks), which promises to be fiddly, but I'd like her with Pre-Raphaelite waves. I'm not planning to dress her, since her detailed anatomy is part of what sets her apart from conventional dolls, but might later if I find/make anything that sets the tone for a theme.
She'll be a working doll in a couple of weeks when we do our first professional shoot with her.