My friend Amal made an amazing doll – HeartStrung Ruse

March 11, 2014

Hello everyone,
Please excuse my very sparse posting here, I hope to start posting more regularly in the future.
Today I am writing because my friend Amal has made an amazing new doll that is now finished and she is even giving one doll away.
Amal’s first doll was Pirooz who was a limited edition of 6 that she hand cast herself. One of them is my beloved Saga:

more Saga ♥

When she was done with Pirooz she went right back to work and has a created an even more amazing doll, Ruse, I’ve been following her creation with bated breath because each news she shared made me more excited. These are photos of her creation:

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And this is the finished Ruse:

Capturing Ruse

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HeartStrung Ruse

Ruse is being professionally cast and is now available to pre-order in Amal’s HeartStrung Storenvy shop or HeartStrung Things Etsy shop

And now to top it off, Amal is holding a giveaway in which some lucky person can win this wonderful doll:

Win this doll!

All the info about the giveaway is here:
HeartStrung Ruse Giveaway on Flickr
And here is her facebook: HeartStrung facebook

I had to share because I am so excited, she is so beautiful, I think I have Ruse-fever! :D

Oh and I almost forgot to say, she can be discussed here on Den of Angels:
HeartStrung Ruse discussion thread

Friday, March 1st 2013 – of anticipation, delivery trucks and new meetings

March 3, 2013

a phone is ringing, or so i think, but as i wake up from a dream fleeing my mind the sound changes and it is my alarm clock beeping. it’s an earlier morning than usual for me, since today is a special day. i check on Calle but he is sound asleep, which is good because he is fighting a cold and needs as much sleep as he can get.
i get out of bed and walk down the cold stairs, turn up the heating slightly and prepare my usual bowl of müsli with fruit juice. eating my breakfast i’m checking my inbox and then the fed ex tracking site. this is why the day is special, i am waiting for a doll.

it all started last november. i had been admiring these dolls for a long time and following the artists path, and i knew that one day i wanted to have one of her creations. in november 2012 i finally decided that the time was right, and contacted her. lo and behold, she told me she just started taking commissions. i took that as a sign and we started to exchange emails talking about my wishes for my doll. once that was all determined she gave me an estimate of how long the creation of my doll would take. we were in contact throughout and i was updated about the different stages of the creation of my doll. it was so enjoyable being part of the creation process and seeing her come alive slowly step by step. until finally last month her completion was imminent and i got to choose between two wigs among a few other last decisions.
she was then shipped last saturday.
yesterday i received a letter from customs and payed the customs taxes, today is the day her arrival is scheduled, and i can feel the excitement building. the tracking shows that she is out for delivery in a truck that left from a city situated about one hour from here. they will probably deliver other parcels along the way, but i can’t be sure. i’m glad i got up early. i finish my bowl of müsli and gather the things i need to bring. i will be waiting for the truck in the other house which is our main address. i grab my journal, a pen, a book, my cell phone and wallet and leave our house quietly not to wake Calle.
walking through the garden i enjoy the sun, it is making me feel warm for the first time this year. the month of March is here and the first signs of spring are showing.
i enter the other house and make myself comfortable at the kitchen table near the front door. that way i can see the street out the window.
it will be at least a little while til the truck arrives, i think, so i get myself a glass of water. then i open my beautiful journal to write for a bit. that one was a christmas gift from Calle, it is made by Louise of Bibliographica who makes the most beautiful journals i ever saw.
i’m writing and scribbling, i like to draw little details or objects that had a part in my day interspersed in the text.
a car passes and i jump, since this is a short connecting street that does not get much traffic usually, but it is just a regular car, so i get back to my journal. writing and gathering my thoughts, i stare out the window at times and loose myself a little bit looking at the clouds.
still i quickly remember that i’m waiting. sometimes i like to just sit and wait. most people don’t like waiting, something needs to be happening at every second in their life, otherwise they feel they are not accomplishing anything. i know of the importance of doing nothing and i suddenly realize, sitting and waiting isn’t as bad as it may seem. it feels nice, like a little space and time that’s just there. yet at the same time, of course i am expecting something and there is some impatience. it is a little back and forth feeling.
i feel that i’m done writing in my journal, so i close it and just sit for a while.
then my eyes fall on the book i brought, one i’ve had for a long time but just haven’t read yet.
i think now is the time to start. it’s part two of a trilogy, its title is “the mysterious benedict society and the perilous journey” by trenton lee stewart.
just as i expected, it is one of these books that grabs you and you forget everything around you. i am reading and i am there with the characters as they meet once again for their second adventure. i am reading still when i notice something white out of the corner of my eye. it is the fed ex truck in front of the house. my heart starts racing and i am bursting from excitement. i can’t help but smile big as i put down my book and run to the door. i open it before the delivery guy even gets out of his truck. i’m still smiling big i think because he gets out of the truck with my parcel and is smiling back at me.
he asks if i’m Annina and i answer indeed i am. he hands me the parcel, i set it down behind me and turn back to him. he has me signing that touch screen thingy they have.
there it is, we are done and he smiles at me again while he gets back into his truck and drives off. i wonder if he is just a very happy person or if i made him smile. either way i close the door, grab my parcel and the things i brought with me and leave the main house through the garden. the sun is still shining. i feel my excitement jumping in me and i know that i have to jump too. i get into our house and put down my tings and the parcel. Calle is up by now. i run in and tell him, she’s here!!! i take the camera, an extra lens and a cutter and place them on my bed upstairs. the sun is shining through the window, perfect.
i get back down to grab my parcel and place it on my bed also.
here it is, that moment i’ve been waiting for, it’s here now. :D
let’s open this special parcel, so you’ll finally know who i have been waiting for!
here we go:

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welcome to this beautiful custom porcelain Paperwhite doll made for me by talented and all around wonderful Teri. i would like to say a big thank you for this amazing experience which resulted in this lovely doll, i enjoyed every second of it!
words can’t describe how happy i am to be the new keeper of this doll, and i shall treasure her for all my time. ♥

now to listen if she will tell me her name.

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you can find Teri’s blog here:
http://iimagined.blogspot.com/

and her flickr here:
www.flickr.com/photos/silentfaces/

my dolls sister lives with Christina, see her here:
Christina’s Alisha on flickr

and here the two of them are together on Teri’s blog:
http://iimagined.blogspot.se/2013/02/blog-post_22.html

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dolls, priorities and decisions

November 21, 2011

i used to write candidly about my thoughts and feelings back in my livejournal days (2003 – 2010) and then i stopped because i felt i needed a change. i created this blog, which i updated a couple of times, but it got quiet after a while because i only rarely felt like sharing my thoughts publicly.
i have always followed my instinct with these things, and it was telling me to be quiet for a while, because i knew what i felt but i didn’t need to let others know that information. it was time to be cocoon-y.

i now once again, or perhabs for the first time for real, feel like sharing my thoughts, and because i haven’t written in so long, there are many subjects i want to touch, things i want to talk about.
as of now, this moment sitting down and starting this document, my head is a little dizzy from all the thoughts swirling around in it at the same time wanting to be shared, but i figure, start in one place and write down one thing at a time, and we’ll get through it.

first of all, i shall start with a declaration. every time i feel like writing about dolls, i am aware that there are people who do not relate much to the doll world, and would rather hear about my life. though you have to understand that dolls, the ones i care about, mean a lot to me and have become a way for me to express myself. you will find “me” within my talkings about dolls if you look for me. :)

you may have seen that i am expecting a most unique and beautiful tiny porcelain bjd by Ilona Jurgiel. this is special to me in different ways, one of them being that i met Ilona in person in 2010, at the Fragility show that Marina Bychkova was holding in Berlin, Germany.
i very much liked Ilona as a person and could relate to her, although the exhibition was quite busy and so our conversations did not go very deep, i felt that she was a very interesting and beautiful human being.
seeing how seemingly quickly she found her calling to make dolls, and how they touched me ever since i saw them first, i feel that i was looking for them without even knowing it, because when i saw them, it was like finding a piece of myself that i had been looking for.
this is what always happens when i desire a doll, there is something unexplicable that draws me to it, seeing that it is my belief that everything and everyone is One, i look at purchasing/adopting a doll like in recollecting a piece of myself that has always existed but now is visible in front of me.

thus is my explanation for choosing a doll, and for choosing past dolls that now live with me, or even ones that no longer live with me. surely with the latter, there was something there, but this was no longer needed in my actual vicinity, and yet, leaving it, that thing would still not be gone from me, seeing that i am One with all that is.

i think you are beginning to realize that dolls, and indeed everything in my life, is spiritual to me. spirituality is the core of me, it simply is what IS and comes natural for me.

aaanyway, don’t think that i am not having fun, oh i have lots of fun, happiness is very dear to me, but i allow any feeling to pass through me and i don’t judge them.

back to the dolls, there have been other ones on my wishlist for a while but like everyone, i have to prioritize and can not simply buy each doll i see and like, for financial reasons.
as you know, i love my Enchanted Doll Iðunn, and it is my wish to one day add a second ED to my little doll family. that wish was always there ever since i put eyes on them for the first time. i was lucky to adopt dear Iðunn and would never give her up if i can help it, but i always also had the wish to have an ED who is closer to my dream doll. that changes slightly but most often is either Banshee, Sapphire or Penelope/Lily.
there is the wish to be able to use the beautiful wigs made by Amarilli which i feel enhance an ED greatly because she understands wigmaking for Enchanted Dolls.
now as ED fans will know, it is not easy to acquire an ED, custom orders were closed in summer 2008 and prices have risen exceptionally. there were plans for resin ED’s at some point, but each time Marina tried to realize them, it didn’t seem to work out. i almost wonder if maybe Marina took it as a sign to either wait, or altogether cease those plans. who knows.
the resin ED plan gave me some hope as it would have been a way for me to afford a second ED, but so far it was not to be. i certainly would welcome it warmly, should it happen in the future, but i am not so sure anymore.
even though this will sound outrageous for some, seeing that i am the lucky owner of an Enchanted Doll (and i am indeed aware of how lucky i am), not being able to acquire this fleeting dream ED has given me quite some heart ache, which i was not that consciously aware of until recently. i know that many people feel sad about being in a similar position, or not even being able to have one ED. i am not trying to diminish their feelings, i am simply stating mine.

now though, i am finally able to let these sad feelings go. i am finally realizing truly how lucky i am to have the dolls that are with me, and simply feeling happy while looking at them. i have realized that truly, “if it’s meant to be, it will be”. and all time is now, everything has already happened, i am just traveling thorugh time like watching a movie minute after minute, i simply feel the whole of it and i feel such a sense of gratitude for all that i am and have.

in this new way, i have found Ilona’s dolls and maybe others can relate, but don’t you love it when everything just falls in place and works out, and when you look back you see that it was meant to be? that is how it feels like having come across Ilona’s Lightpainted Dolls and being able to adopt one into my little doll family.

as i meant to tell above, there have been other dolls on my wishlist, and some still are on it, but there is a distinct change of feeling between the ones that end up with me and the ones that don’t. i now have learned to trust in it, when the time is right things work out, and if it isn’t, then it wasn’t meant to be.
there are those that remain on my wishlist, as hope of “some day”. Lidia Snul’s dolls are one such example.
i was actually quite excited to hear that she was releasing resin editions through Jpopdolls, but to be honest, i am not that fond of Jpopdolls faceups on them. i would prefer a doll painted by Lidia. not to say that Jpopdolls faceup isn’t nice, it is, but for me it just doesn’t live up to Lidia’s amazing painting.
that is why i decided that a porcelain doll painted by Lidia would be my preference.
Dust of Dolls Püns was on my list too, but ultimately i feel like it is a beautiful doll that i like to look at in pictures, but that i don’t need to own myself.
there are other ones but it changes slightly all the time.

it is obvious, seeing my little doll family, that i don’t buy many dolls, it is special when i am able to acquire a new one, because i don’t have a steady income (being a freelance translator) and so when i am expecting a new doll, i am always very excited.
this time, waiting for my very own Lightpainted Doll, i am extra excited because it feels special that she is being made especially for me. that experience is new for me, and i am really enjoying that.
i am thinking of her every day and i am making lists with possible names for her. i’m also feeling very inspired and tapping into a world of stories around her.
i think Lightpainted Dolls are unique in their tiny-ness with a mature ethereal body shape, this appeals very much to me and is part of why i feel i have been looking for them without knowing it.

i feel this is the point to conclude this document, and that i will share more about myself in a future one.
it feels very freeing so far, to share my thoughts, and i shall now release them into the world. ;)

Love,
Annina

A Crown and a Throne

April 7, 2011

it has been quite a while since i blogged last, and a lot has happened in that time, but most recently, on April 5th which also is Calle’s birthday, i got a package from Canada in the mail.
it was something that had been coveted by Iðunn and i for a long time.

if you would like to experience a little box opening, you can do so by following this link to my flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/anninaislove/5595846453/

when Iðunn first arrived to me from her previous owner, there was a print of the costumed doll Agnetha included with her, this one:

and when i took her first pictures, she seemed to suddenly align herself to be crowned:

ever since then i dreamed of really crowning her, and now this dream has come true.
Marina has made the beautiful Banshee crown in bronze for me.

an arrival ♥

Iðunn is crowned ♥

Iðunn is crowned ♥

it is even more amazing than i could have imagined and i am so happy that i went with my initial plan of bronze. i was considering gold plated but now i am so happy that i went with bronze because it is such an amazing colour and it looks so beautiful on Iðunn. she looks like out of an old fairy tale, the crown looks so precious and ancient, i just can’t even describe how much i love it.
i want to start saying “my prrrrecioussssss”. :)

thank you dear Marina for making that dream come true and making my dear Iðunn a crowned doll!

and so the time came to also show something else that i have had since a while.
this wonderful Throne in Enchanted Doll size that Calle made for me as a christmas gift.

Iðunn is crowned and enthroned ♥

Iðunn is crowned and enthroned ♥

Iðunn is crowned and enthroned ♥

around christmas time last year i went to my home country switzerland for 2 weeks to visit my family there, and while i was gone Calle kept telling me how his arms and fingers were hurting from making my christmas gift. he kept taunting me and i was so eager to find out what in the world he was doing, i just couldn’t imagine what it could be.
and so when i came home and we exchanged gifts, mine was this magnificent throne made from high quality oak wood by Calle himself. it is just so thoughtful and i love it so much! :D
he designed it himself being inspired by nordic and european history and he got input and assistance from his father Lasse.

both these creations are so precious to me and i am so happy to be able to share them with you now.
if you would like to see more, there are many more photos on my flickr if you follow this link:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/anninaislove/tags/thronefored/

Iðunn’s Portrait

September 29, 2010

on friday i was at the summerhouse with the family to collect mushrooms all day and when i checked the mailbox on saturday (on which we don’t get mail) there was a note among fridays mail saying that there was a package at the post office for me. immediately i hurried Calle along to make ready to drive me there and get it, as i don’t drive myself, and once i got the box i knew what it was. i walked over the parking lot with a biiig smile. :D

what it was:
when the Enchanted Forum was celebrating it’s second anniversary earlier this year different people were holding contests, one of them was Ama. she held a contest called ED & Poetry that you can see here: http://www.biscuitshouse.com/Enchanted/showthread.php?t=1287

even when this contest was pre-announced and i read that the prize was going to be an oil portrait of the winner’s doll made by Ama, i right away was burning for this contest and made a wish that i would do my best to win this amazing prize.
magically, i did, and now my precious prize, an oil portrait of Iðunn with a specially treated frame, created by the talented Ama has arrived. :D
this prize is the most amazing thing i have ever won and i love each detail of it!

i had a little box opening photoshoot that you can see on my flickr starting with this picture:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/anninaislove/5034005499/

here are my favourite photos:

Iðunn says, thank you dear Ama from our hearts for this special creation, we will always treasure it! ♥ ♥ ♥

happy 1-year-Iðunn

July 21, 2010

on July 17th Iðunn has been with me since 1 year!

Iðunn on her first day with me, July 17th 2009

i am on the waiting list for a crown for her, once it is my turn i will commission it from Marina.

there and back again

July 9, 2010

we are back from our little vacation in the middle of nowhere, i really enjoyed the nature and the quiet. lying on the veranda, writing in my diary, the walks down to the lake, sometimes just the sitting outside doing nothing.

i also took many photos of iðunn, she really fits so well for outdoor photography, she looks right at home in nature.

because i brought her in a box with pillows she even “went to bed” every night ;)

one night we drove around in our car and ended up on this cemetary, i quite liked it there.

as you can see it’s half past eleven there and that is as dark as it gets for the night in the summer. at something after 3am dawn starts.

here some more photos of iðunn:

on one of the last days i braided her hair, i think she looks so cute like that.

i’ll end with some photos from another walk we took, along a little stream in the woods.

you can find many more photos of this vacation on my flickr (there’s 5 pages full).

this and that

June 26, 2010

been’ washing a ton of laundry lately, machine by machine. we have a tendency to pile our mountain of laundry, but it’s annoying when it happens so we are working on getting the mountain away (and then hopefully keep it that way ;) ).

Calle and me are going to his parents summer house tomorrow, and we’ll probably stay till anywhere from 2nd july or as long as 7th july, we’ll see how we feel.

summer house

it’s always lovely coming up there, once you arrive, you are in the middle of nowhere, all nature around you, half forest and half clearing, no sounds of cars, all you hear is birds chirping and the occasional cow mooing from afar (as there are some fields with cattle in the vicinity). it’s simply amazing and you forget how lovely it is and only remember it once you are there again.
i really look forward to quiet lovely doing-not-so-much time, writing in my diary, sketching, drawing, and i will bring my Iðunn (enchanted doll) and camera, probably an old tripod, to find cool places and take pics of her.

i’m predicting that we’ll fill the car, even though we say each time that “we won’t bring that much this time around”. it’s about a one and a half hour drive.

Calle and me in the summer house in 2004

Rii was there with me last time

wishing everyone a lovely summer ♥
~Annina

berlin trip

June 22, 2010

finally time is right to write about the berlin trip, this will most likely be a long post because amazing things happened in berlin!
Calle and me were there between the 9th and 13th june.
i kept a diary while there and so i’ll copy/reference it for this post. :)

us in the plane

thursday june 10th 2010
i met Marina today!
there is so much to write down, i don’t know where to start. i want to remember it all!
Calle and me arrived here yesterday on the 9th, it’s crazy it feels like a week ago already. it seems we are here while the first heat wave is happening, it was sooo hot today. Calle is so great, he gets the U- and S-Bahnsystem so well, he always knows which line to take to get to our preferred destination.
first we went to Brandenburger Tor, there were dressed up people, among others there was a storm trooper from star wars, we were dying in regular clothing, i don’t know how that guy survived the heat in his plastic looking suit.

we walked through the Tor and the to the Reichstag where a marching music in full uniform was playing. the waiting line to go up to the Glaskuppel of the Reichstag was very long and it was so hot that we decided to skip it. walked back around to the Brandenburger Tor, kissed under it ♥ and then drove to Hauptbahnhof to buy our lunch, big baguette sandwiches. we then realized it was getting closer to the time for the Sneak Peak at Strychnin gallery (4 – 6 pm) so we drove there getting off at Samariterstrasse.
asked someone on the way if we were walking in the right direction and indeed we were. finally after looking for somewhere to sit we decided to just eat our sandwiches while standing, no benches in sight (this was something i noticed in Berlin, they don’t have a lot of benches, or maybe we were just always looking in the wrong places).
after “inhaling” our lunch we walked on towards where we thought the gallery must be and actually found it after some looking around. also found the flower store some blocks further from the gallery as i knew i wanted to bring Marina a flower to congratulate her, and i had checked google maps at home for the nearest flower store. was so happy that i actually found it, and we went there first looking for the perfect flower.
i had something white orchid-like in mind but they did not have this, so i finally went for a beautiful deep red rose. the woman in the store added some nice “grass”, you know this long slim kind, and i asked her to add such a thingy with some water in it, in case there wouldn’t be any vases.

then went with my rose back to the gallery and were actually in time. were a little shy, the door was open, but finally we went in. oh my, i got glimpses of new dolls lining the walls. went to the desk and introduced ourselves to the woman behind it, who turned out to be Elizabeth. it was lovely meeting her after having talked to her over email before. she immediately looked at us and asked if we were thirsty, we gladly accepted the softdrinks, they were called aloha and were fruity and nice and cool, life saving in this heat.
she also asked if the flower was for Marina and said she’ll find a vase and that i can put it on the desk, Marina would be arriving later as she was busy right then.

now Calle and me started walking around to look at the dolls. it was simply overwhelming to be in this room with all these new girls Marina had made and most of them kept secret. i also hadn’t seen the preview pictures of them online, and i’m quite glad i didn’t, it was amazing to see them for the first time in person.
the gallery was empty except for Graham running around fixing stuff, Yasha walking outside the gallery being on the phone constantly, Elizabeth doing online stuff at the desk and there might have been one or two other people fixing and setting up stuff. i asked Elizabeth if Ilona was going to come, and she said yes but she did not know when exactly. i asked for permission to take photos and then started taking full shots and close-ups of each doll.

the feeling i had seeing each one is indescribable, the beauty of them overwhelmed me. i had to think sometimes to properly realize that i really was there and this wasn’t a dream.
the dolls were on their little shelves, some posed standing and some in a sitting or kneeling position. there were no glass or plexiglass boxes on them yet, at some point Elizabeth unwrapped those on the sofa in the middle. there were no descriptions of the dolls on the walls yet so i did not know their names or stories, i only knew Cathedral.

after i had taken photos of them all i kept going around looking at each of them. i also took a tour in the back rooms called “the vault” so see the other art pieces of Wendy Froud, and Virginie Ropars. Sasha Petrova’s pieces were not up yet and several pieces of the other two artist weren’t up yet either, and there were big well packed boxes in some places, so i realized things were being set up here. (Graham was running about)

several times Elizabeth came to tell me that Marina will be a little later, but it wasn’t as if i wanted to leave anyway. ;)
then, i think it must have been around 5 pm, Marina and Chad came. i was already overwhelmed seeing all the new dolls, so when i found myself in front of Marina i was even more overwhelmed, i think i had tears in my eyes because it felt just so unreal and amazing to meet her, the person who makes these magical dolls that i admire so much. i was also so surprised how sweet and humble she was, and how short and cute. it’s not often that i meet someone who is shorter than me but i think she must be about 1 cm shorter than me, and she is so very sweet!

it’s almost hard to remember our conversation, it becomes a blur because my mind was racing to try and think of all the questions i had for her, so i wouldn’t forget anything.
i gave her my flower and congratulated her for this accomplishment, and she seemed so humble and surprised that i would give her a flower and said how she wishes she could bring it along with her but that it won’t work when traveling. it did not matter though, because i just wanted her to have a little gift to look at while she was in berlin.
she asked me how i liked the dolls and i told her how incredibly beautiful i find them all and that it was overwhelming to see them all at once. i also told her how there is a new feeling about them, that the painting techniques are impressive and new, even more improved and that all the dolls together create a wholeness and fit with each other.
she seemed very happy to hear that i loved the dolls, she told me once she had put them up she was worrying that they were not good enough. this surprised me so much, i couldn’t believe she had such doubts after having created such beauty. i guess that even the greatest artists have this self doubt, but i assured her to please feel very accomplished about the show, because really i was blown away by these new dolls!

at some point i was wondering if the bug headpiece of Specimen was a real bug, it looked so real even in person. Marina asked me “Do you want to touch it?” and went right over to it, removed it from the doll’s head and put it in my hands while she explained that the parts were cast in silver/bronze and painted with enamel colour, but the wings were real bug wings covered in “rubber gel”. i was stunned that she would give it to me as i thought the dolls were all aligned and posed in their final state and i did not want to create more work for her, having to align everything again, but she waved that off as “no problem”. it was also so cute how she asked “Do you want to touch it?” because her face lit up like that of a little girl at christmas somehow, and now in retrospect i remember she mentioned once on her blog that she is very tactile and need to touch stuff to know it, she does not like simply looking. so maybe she translated that over to me, that i too should touch it to know it. and of course it was amazing to get to hold this headpiece, like any of her works it was so detailed and beautiful and at the same time functional, that’s what i love about her work!

at another point Calle said how intricate and incredible Virgin’s headpiece looked. again Marina went to it, grabbed it and put it in his hands. Calle said it was heavier and sturdier than he expected. after a while he asked me if i wanted to hold it. i reluctantly did (again just not wanting to be “too much”). it really was sturdy and heavy, and even looking at it so close up i couldn’t say how she made it to look as it does, how she got it to be sturdy like that. i think she is a pioneer also in Jewelry work because i have never seen such jewelry work before.

later some time i said how i loved all these new hair-do’s and especially Anna Karenina’s and Marina said they are all wigs, went and grabbed Anna’s wig to let me check it out. this i loved the most, these tiny braids were just a joy to look at, and the tiny hair comb, just sooo beautiful!

i think in full we talked something around 45 minutes but time just flew by, it was time to say good bye. i asked if i could have a picture of her and me, and i asked Chad to take it with my camera (because Calle has hard time to hold the camera steady as his asthma medicine makes him shaky) and so Chad took the picture.

i asked if they wanted to do something together forgetting that Marina had a show to finish setting up, she had a lot of stuff still to do and so we said good bye and that we’ll be back for the opening the next evening.
we thanked them and Elizabeth of the gallery and stepped out.

then once again it felt like stepping out of a dream, i had to pinch myself to realize i had just met Marina and see all the 15 new amazing dolls she made. in reality words really aren’t enough to describe how this whole experience felt, i am ever so grateful for it!

i will be writing about the opneing night another time, if you have not yet seen my photos on flickr, all 126 of them are here, and even 4 short videos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/anninaislove/sets/72157624281314180/

i am off to bed as it has gotten really late.

~Annina

off to berlin!

June 6, 2010

just a quick post to say that Calle and me will be in Berlin from the 9th to the 13th June!
we will be at the Sneak Peak of Marina’s Fragility show at Strychnin Gallery on the 10th and at the opening on the 11th, so looking forward to this!!!
will be back with lots of photos! :)