Hello and thank you for taking a look at my site, my name is Marina and I am a painter, batik artist and dress/ doll maker.
Doll making has been an interest of mine since childhood, when at seven years old I was given my first Singer sewing machine.
At the time my mum was teaching fashion at St Martins School of Art and I was given off -cuts and scraps of fabric, always in dazzling colours and modern prints. I delighted in creating all types of dolls, clowns, and animals with my continuous supply of cottons, felts and slinky fabrics. As a teenager I was making rag dolls to commission, alongside drawing portraits, enabling me to earn my own money.
After my degree at Goldsmiths I worked as an illustrator, choosing batik as my medium. My enjoyment of fabrics continued in dressmaking and soft sculpture and is now finding a new direction in my art muses.
Looking at paintings I am often drawn to the female subjects, the muses or models who imbue the artwork with their persona, and I wonder at how important they are in expressing the ideas of the painter; or is the artist imposing his story and ‘modelling’ her in his colours, his ideas? I think the relationship probably works in two ways, the model inspires the artist and becomes his muse: and she is then portrayed in ways that tell his or her story.
This can be seen especially in the works of Rossetti of the Pre-Raphaelites, also Burne- Jones, Botticelli, Modigliani, Mucha and Klimt
With my art dolls I am exploring the artist via his muse.
Combining my interest in art with my love of doll construction and dress making seems a natural progression. The process of studying artists and their work is enjoyable research and allows me the pleasure of examining some of my favourite painters and their paintings in detail.
Inspiration and construction involve two very different thought processes; the first is exciting and can lead anywhere, the second needs careful consideration, trial and error.
I was excited by my initial idea, but to make it a success I had to work through several procedures; from sketching visuals, to drawing pattern shapes and making body prototypes.
After numerous revisions in my pattern cutting I came to a standard pattern. This all took time, but when I understood what was needed to make the body shape function, I knew I could tweak and alter it to make each muse doll individual.