Post by orchidsdesigns on Nov 1, 2014 20:50:59 GMT -8
Calling all porcelain BJD fans down under!
I'm really interested to know how many of "us" there are. After 3 years in Europe, and seeing of all the amazing BJD events held overseas like L-Doll, it's really saddening to see there is nothing even close in calibre here in Aus. The biggest doll event I've been to so far is BlytheFest in Australia, where they manage to put on a pretty good show and get great participation from the online community showing up in person too. I'm always terribly disappointed in the "doll and bear" shows that are put on several times a year with the main presence being from re-born dolls, I'm really saddened there doesn't seem to be the interest here to justify a small event dedicated to BJD. Maybe in time, or just meets to start with, it'd be nice to have a little community we could meet with and share our love for BJD and artists with!
I tried to start a flickr group for collectors and BJD dollmakers in Australia to share their work and collections, please join up! BJD AUSTRALIA - FLICKR
Hi, I'm from New Zealand and I feel much the same way you do about the lack of a doll community here. We are so lucky to have the internet to keep in touch with the worldwide BJD community. I also despair of the focus on reborn dolls and other reproduction dolls at doll fairs here.
I am just finishing my first doll at the moment and hope to start a better version soon. After that I hope I can begin to start selling dolls. I would really be interested in joining an Australian group as I it would be close enough for me to travel to if a suitable doll show was organised. I'll take a look at the the Flickr site.. x
Post by orchidsdesigns on Nov 3, 2014 13:07:58 GMT -8
Yes, this is a hot topic on the Popovy forum right now too. I KNOW there are talented Aussie artists here, and collectors with incredibly impressive doll collections we would all die to see! There is an infamous collector is WA who is rumoured to have about 8 ( don't quote me the exact number, it is probably more!) porcelain Enchanted Dolls, as well as a few Popovy, and some other very impressive dolls. I myself have amassed quite a varied collection and I love showing them off. Granted, it is just tricky to carry them with you, it can be nerve-wracking to fear for their safety, the thought of loss or damage to a one-off porcelain masterpiece is sickening!!
I was always really amazed when I heard that the owners of Enchanted Dolls got together a little stand in Italy for a doll convention in Rimini 2013, a few porcelain and resin dolls were all represented there, generously brought down by their owners from all around Italy.