Anastasia & Alexei

Alexei & Anastasia

Both the dolls are one of a kind, 22cm tall,  have painted eyes and attached hairstyles in Mohair.

Anastasia is hand carved/built porcelain fired with a permanent pearl like finish. her headpiece is carved sea shell jeweled with crystals.
Alexei is enameled and silver plated porcelain.
He wears a silk cap and an articulated hand piece in the shape of a lobster (crayfish).

They arrive with two stands, and a wooden framed glass display box 45x33x46cm in size.

Both will be on display and for sale starting next month via Copro Gallery, during `Scope` New York 2014 Art fair.
Please contact the gallery for purchase inquiries.
More photos available on the site gallery

 *The story of Anastasia & Alexei*

For almost a century Alexei and Anastasia Romanov (the youngest 2 of the 5 children of the last Russian Czar ), were believed to have escaped the massacre of their family in 1918. Many people claimed to be their decedents over the years, and the mystery became even fiercer when the family grave was found with two children missing (a boy and a girl).

Finally their bones were discovered  2007, solving this misery, and  making it obvious that sadly, they could not escape).
Their bones are now kept by the Russian church as `saint relics`.

I was very moved by their story, as well as by the romanticism and almost stoic acceptance in which the Romanovs seemed to show towards their nearing end.
They seemed have known it was coming, but letting it arrive without putting up a fight, trusting it was somehow god`s will.

Masterfully Jeweled Easter Egg pieces, an unofficial symbol of this close-nit family, were commissioned  every year  by the Czar to the  Master Jeweler house of Faberge`, as a gift to his beloved wife.
The Jeweler himself would inspect the final product persnally before presenting the Czar with a new egg shaped treasure that holds a Romanov Family themed treasure inside (a miniature of the queen`s carriage, the imperial navy ship,  the family portrait, the Czar himself on horseback…)

I think the story of this family is especially touching due to their closeness as a family, the great love between the Czar and his wife, and between them and their five children.
Alexei was the youngest, and only hair to The Romanov. He was hemophiliac and kept pampered and spoiled by both his parents and elder sisters. Perhaps treated as delicately as would an Imperial Egg be handled :)

The bones of Alexei and Anastasia,finally came to rest, two relics of a Russian era that ended with their death.  I`ve used the elements of Faberge` jeweling to try and tell their stories.

Saying this, I`de still like to make emphasis, these dolls do not portray the real Romanov children, Alexei and Anastasia, they portray the spirits of romanticism and myth surrounding their life and death, in my eyes :)

Alexei  Anastasia Blueblood

Tiny Porcelain hands

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATried taking photos of these tiny porcelain hands, as I just finished the 5th paint fire on them .

( due to my poor photo skills or the limit of my lens, I just could not make out all the tiny detail on the fingers, and fingernails.)

looking forwards to fit them on their new tiny bodies :)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

After installing Merry and Angel at Bunkamura the other day, I went to visit Rose at Span Art. I`m sure she isn`t lonely with so much beautiful Art around her :)


I`ve finished putting up my installation at Bunkamura Gallery yesterday Afternoon, and the opening is from today (30th).

I was so lucky to be able to meet many Artists I`ve been admiring from afar for years.

My heart was illiterately fluttering to able to meet Artist/doll maker Koitsukihime in person.

Her work has been a main point of influence and inspiration to me for many years, and was probably the main force in pulling me away from my fashion design studies, and into the doll making world. Her dolls in real life are several times more moving then in the photos, and I always seem to discover some new detail. Her porcelain work is of course, perfection. This time, her new work at Bunkamura has a new taste to it, something more oriental, she looks like a beautiful child Shiva Goddess, with that classic Koitsukihime illusive smile.

One other memorable work (and encounter) was that of Kaoru Mori , Her doll installation at Span Art, desolves/desintegrates into a pig`s skull. Incredibly moving. I`ve seen this work before on Parabolica.bis`s site, but seeing it in person, brought on a wave of goosebumps, no words to how moving it was. I recommend going to see it if possible, I`m sorry, I  didn`t take any photos of it or any other works, as I was not sure if possible or not, but you can see a photo of it on her twitter account (background photo).

I was also so happy to meet Mari Shimizu, I always gasp at her character making and story telling abilities. Each one of her dolls is a window to a beautiful new world of her imagination. I`ve seen some of her dolls last year, but could only get the chance to finally meet her in person yesterday.

As for my installation, I have already introduced `Merry` last week, but I could also get a porcelain doll ready in time, `Angel`. I`ll post closeup photos on this blog in a couple hours time :)

bunkamura1  bunkamura2

Angel (34cm tall porcelain doll)bunkamura3

I`ve fixed the display for `Rose` earlier today at Span Art Gallery, (the opening is the 28th)

今日、銀座のスパンアートギャラリーに【ローズ】をディスプレイしてきました。 11/28 (木)~12/11 (水)まで御覧頂けますので、お時間のある方は、どうぞ、足を運んでみて下さい。

*11:00~19:00 (最終日17:00まで)(12/8(日) のみ休館)

沢山の人が見に来てくれると嬉しく思います。 宜しくお願い致します。rose1 rose2