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I have always been a creative kid, so no surprise that after finishing the secondary school I’ve entered the Art College.
I’ve been working as a graphic and interior designer for more than 7 years, but I had always the feeling, that I can do more. At this point I have discovered art dolls, and I felt in love with this art. Inspired by works of many fabulous doll artists, at year 2009 I’ve started sculpting myself.

I just can’t describe the wonderful feeling of creating a doll. I enjoy each process. First they appear in my mind, and I am carrying them there for a while. I am trying to see as many details as possible – the face, the position, the colors, the fabrics of the outfit, all the accessories and finally to guess the character’s name and the story behind it. When I know enough, I am starting to work. I’m making sketches and notes in purpose to put all the ideas together…

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  • Female
  • Born on March 9
  • Joined June 12, 2009

Favorite materials

air dry clay, paint, pencils, pastels, natural fabrics, beads

About

I have always been a creative kid, so no surprise that after finishing the secondary school I’ve entered the Art College.
I’ve been working as a graphic and interior designer for more than 7 years, but I had always the feeling, that I can do more. At this point I have discovered art dolls, and I felt in love with this art. Inspired by works of many fabulous doll artists, at year 2009 I’ve started sculpting myself.

I just can’t describe the wonderful feeling of creating a doll. I enjoy each process. First they appear in my mind, and I am carrying them there for a while. I am trying to see as many details as possible – the face, the position, the colors, the fabrics of the outfit, all the accessories and finally to guess the character’s name and the story behind it. When I know enough, I am starting to work. I’m making sketches and notes in purpose to put all the ideas together and I keep it as a reminder on my table during the whole doll making process.
I never stop getting surprised, when a simple peace of clay turns into a face with its own character. It takes a lot of hours until I am completely satisfied with the sculpting. I keep cutting, sanding and sculpting again until there comes a moment when I see – yes, this is it!
Then it comes the painting time. Oh, what a celebration for the eyes, when a colorless face becomes a face of a truly living being. I love oil painting. I love the smell of natural oil; I love how the paint lays on the surface. I also love acrylic paint – one can create such a wonderful rough surface making the doll into a creature from other dimension. I also enjoy a lot pencil and dry pastels - the doll becomes a 3D drawing, as she would have stepped out straight from my sketching book. It is always about the style of a doll I am creating, I just choose what fits it best. Painting the doll is a wonderful experience – it is like painting a three-dimensional picture.
Then the hair and the outfit come. Did you know that the hair of a doll can be stilled in absolutely any hair dress? There are just no limits for that! And it is the same with the outfit. You do not need to worry if the clothes are comfortable, if they are easy to wash or will they still fit if their owner will gain a couple of kilograms more! There are no limits for fantasy, non limits at all! I love inventing new techniques, combining unobtainable, playing with colors and textures, making beadwork and embroidering. I believe that real peace of art must have lots and lots of hand work. Sometimes I get surprised by myself – where do I get so much patience? :)
Suddenly everything finishes. The doll doesn’t need my work anymore. It is complete and now it lives on its own. It is always a bit sad and very joyful at the same time. Sometimes I catch myself just sitting in front of them and looking at them for hours. It’s like taking back the energy which I gave while creating them. That energy never finishes, it comes back like a strong float and brings the new inspiration to work and create.

When I’m not making dolls, I spend my time drawing or making beautiful OOAK thingies. I just love creating, I can’t live without it, and I’m very happy that my artwork brings joy to other people.

Since the beginning of my carrier as a professional artist, I have been published in several doll and art related internet and paper magazines. I have became a member or Art Dolls Only group. My works have spread all around the world - USA, Australia, Singapore, Nederland and many other countries.
I have also been giving doll making classes and now my pupils have became great teachers themselves.

Here is my blog:
http://tirelessartist.blogspot.com/
and my doll galery:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/handmadebjd/sets/

Do not hestitate to contact me if you have any questions ;)

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