Marina Bychkova (Enchanted Doll) is a Canadian artist of Russian descent who makes the most amazing beaded and bejeweled dolls. It's no wonder her one of a kind handmade porcelain dolls are highly sought after by collectors all over the world. She makes everything - the dolls are cast from her original sculptures, elaborate costumes, props and even the case.
She explained, “The reason I love making dolls is because it’s such a multidisciplinary art form. I’m not content working in just one medium such as painting or sculpture, and dolls offer me a very diverse and satisfying tactile experience. To create a doll I get to do it all: sculpture, industrial design, painting, engraving, mold-making, drawing, metalwork, fashion and jewelry design. I want it all, or nothing!" She also does wood work and photographs her dolls herself.
She designs and carves all the wax models which are then used to cast in bronze and other precious metals the metal components of her dolls' attire. She also uses gemstones. This video shows her talking about the materials she uses for her dolls.
But her exquisitely painted (and often tattooed) dolls are not just beautiful. They showcase her research into historical costumes and adornment. The head dress of the Orchid doll below is inspired by the vivid blue kingfisher feather hair ornaments of the Qing Dynasty.
|The Bloody Lady|
|Red Riding Hood|
|Red Riding Hood's Basket|
|Princess and the Pea|
The art dolls she creates are in the luxury stratosphere. Her Daphne doll below sold in an eBay auction for $42,473.41 in 2013. The most expensive one sold cost $76,500.
|Daphne in Disguise or The Mystery of the Venetian Carnival|
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