I had a lot of dolls when I was a kid, including Barbie dolls. I loved the movement of the dolls and all the tiny accessories they had. However, my dolls were given away by my parents after I grew older. When I saw the beautiful dolls made by Marina Bychkova, the memory suddenly resurfaced. In a moment of inspiration, I decided to make dolls with metal.
The dolls I make right now are mainly in bronze and sterling silver. I use my jewelry and metalsmith skills on the dolls, from wax carving, mold making, casting, to stone setting, soldering, enameling, etc. Ball jointed dolls are usually made in porcelain or raisin, I choose metal as main media not only because of my metalsmith background, but also because no one makes ball jointed dolls in metal. I love to challenge myself. To me, the texture of metal represents the strength of my figures. They are not just for playing. I make them to convey my personal philosophy, life experiences, and people who inspire me.
The current series I am working on is Alchemy Girls Series. I am fascinated with alchemy symbols due to the essence of my works. I would love to apply the symbols to doll parts and apply meanings to each doll.