Applicant 2021_002

ARTIST MEMBER APPLICATION ~ Initial Image Review :: Images submitted by applicant for evaluation by the Standards Committee.

Resin, antique lace / 17 inches / 2021
She started as an experiment to see if it was possible to recreate the unique beauty of Japanese gold repair – kintsugi – in resin for a ball jointed doll. She has since become a wonderful example of how I want to explore the art of ball jointed dolls.

“Playing with Power”
Premier air dry clay, mixed media / 17 inches / 2018
An example of the kind of final artwork I do with my dolls, where I use them as models in my photography. Each one is a character in a story I’ve been exploring and using my artwork to help create.

“Ready for Fun”
Premier air dry clay, mixed media / 17 inches / 2021
A follow up / sequel shot to my previous ‘playing with power’ where I continue to use the same dolls as models and start to create a narrative through my photographs.

“Vulpes and Mau Nouveau”
Resin, cotton / 10.5 inches / 2021
The most recent reincarnation of a pair of dolls I make to order, they are sort of mascots/ambassadors for my doll shop Cirque de Fantomes. Just like with my larger dolls, I love using them as models in my photography, challenging myself to bring them as much to life as possible.

Detail view Image
Detail view of “Bai” (from ‘playing with power’ and ‘ready to play’)

Application Standards

Excellence of Artistry
  • Every applicant should hold the highest personal standards for his or her work.
  • The work must be well-designed, made, and finished.
  • The work must show excellent control of the medium.
  • Sculpting should be flawless, with accurate proportions or, if exaggerated, should harmoniously fit the concept of the piece.
  • Hair should be of a material appropriate to the piece and flawlessly applied.
  • Costuming should be created out of a good idea or concept and be expertly made, using materials appropriate to the figure’s scale or its intended effect.
Identity of Design
  • Every applicant should have a style of working that is unique, consistent, and recognizable. Having a true signature style is an essential element of NIADA’s standards.
  • NIADA looks for engaging, captivating work that inspires a meaningful response.

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