Think if the doll makers would get the same amount of money per hour as the electricprepairmen get, or the men who work on plumbing (all the guys we have to call to fix this and that on our houses ).. Marina gets that much -the rest of the makers certainly don't
I've been looking at the photos again and going crazy with frustration. oh how I wish I could buy this doll instead of my new kitchen! Such bad timing for me. I just love that gentle vulnerable little face peeping out of her strong armour headpiece. She is trying to be so strong for all women against all the odds. I hope someone here will 'rescue' her so that we can see more of her ....sigh...
I am not trying to offend anyone, sorry for that. I forgot to put s on month(s). It has taken me about 2,5 month of 6 - 8 hours a day to make the doll and her accessories. I also work a few hours a day with Psychotherapy so usually I work until late in the evenings, weekends too. To get where I am now has taken me about 4 years of practice making several dolls I have not shown to anyone apart from my closest friends. I am extremely passionate and just love what I am doing else I would not pay the price not seeing friends and not having time to do the things i used too do. I am aware that for some people 4900 dollar is a lot of money but there are plenty of pretty dolls to buy on eBay at a lower price so I am sure there is a doll for everyone. Thank you for all the nice words about my dolls being a bit shy to get started in this forum because putting my dolls out there is one thing but to write about them is different because I feel they are a part of who I am and that makes me vulnerable. I probably just have to practice
I love what you said about the price of dolls--there is something out there for everyone's budget! It's just a matter of finding the right match. Good luck with your auction!
When questioning the price of a doll, I think people should stop and consider how much they themselves earn per hour, and how they would feel if they were told they are not worth it, and should be earning a lot less....
I only quoted a little of what you said, Bibarina, but you are so right in all of it. Artists' labor, skills and time are undervalued all too often. I have a few close friends who are self-employed artists and I've heard and seen the struggle. They're asked if they can be paid later or to donate their time when that's their only source of income.
Lene is very talented and it was love-at-first-sight back when I first saw her dolls. Having spoken with her via email, I know she is of the mindset that I am: Collecting dolls is like collecting fine art — it's a lifetime investment. Unfortunately not all of us are able to invest so easily despite the appreciation and respect for the artists making the dolls. it doesn't mean they're not worth it though. In perfect world those who truly appreciate a particular doll should be able to afford it, but we know that it just isn't so. So forget clothes, bills, car repairs, kitchen renovations and all that "dumb" stuff and spend all you've got on dolls! Hehe.