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1.14.2009

Things That Please Me: Enchanted Dolls

You may have guessed, faithful readers, that I have a deep appreciation for meticulously detailed work. So you can imagine my excitement upon discovering Enchanted Doll, and the exquisite art of Marina Bychkova. Here is her most recent work, a vision of Alice.


I am transfixed by these dolls. Painstaking bead-work! Miniature accessories! Hand-cast porcelain! Anatomical correctness! For many of them, Marina crafts phenomenally detailed costumes, with actual gemstones and precious metals, and the finest velvets, furs and silks... as for Dunyazade's and Scherezhade's lustrous dresses.

The steampunk in me fell head-over-heels for this one ~ the helmet she wears is actually cast bronze.

Marina sometimes goes to elaborate lengths to photograph them in creative environments. On her blog she details building a miniature lotus pond so her boyfriend can photograph Kia, her russet-haired, henna'd, water naiad doll.


I'm absolutely floored by Marina's work. These are more than just dolls, they are high art. They are at once sensual and innocent, disturbing and stunning. As someone who began my journey in costuming by hand-sewing tiny Victorian dresses for my dollhouse dolls as a child, I have nothing but admiration for someone who can elevate my childhood passion to such heights.

If you're intrigued, read this interview with her. And of course, take some time to get lost in her world. You'll be blown away.

9 comments:

Sarah Dungan said...

I have been wishing I could justify buying one of those for awhile. But I can't....alas. Maybe one day.

TotusMel said...

Wow, those dolls seem to have a spark of life in them!

Zygote said...

WwwwwwoW! That's amazingly cool!

AlliesAdornments said...

They are hauntingly beautiful. Just amazing!

down and dirty designs said...

I am gobsmacked.
truly stunning.
have you checked out the order form?
all the details that can be added?
I need a winning lottery ticket RIGHT NOW.
simply amazing.
thanks for posting this.

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Biscuitbear said...

Her dols are even more exquisite in person. She's still so young,and has come so far already, I'm looking forward to the evolution of her work in the coming years.

ramona said...

Wow, thanks for linking to that, Choklit. I got completely lost in her site for a good half hour! Oh, I pity you all who fantasize about owning ONE of her dolls - I immediately started imagining a room devoted to them! *Sigh* I need to make a lot of money somehow...

Lady Miss Tiff said...

Those are truly amazing - Thank You SO much for sharing with us...

Enzie at World Market Portraits said...

Her dolls are stunning!