One of my ridiculous dream hobbies once I become financially independent is BJD-making. I have always wanted to create little dolls and try out my creative juices on something 3D. This is my personal favorite when it comes to BJD inspirations. These ain’t no Barbie dolls. Let me introduce you to the Popovy Dolls.
Popovy Dolls are ball jointed doll collections made by Sisters, a Russian duo of real life siblings Ekaterina and Elena Popovy, who are totally into ridiculously fabulous and meticulously made dolls, creatively photographed to rival those in a high fashion magazine spread. If Lady Gaga were a doll, right?
Here’s a short bio from their webpage:
“We are twin sisters Ekaterina and Elena Popovy, professional artists and fashion designers. We were born and grew up in Perm, Russia. We graduated Ural State Academy of Architecture and Arts in Yekaterinburg. We started making dolls in 2004.
At the beginning we were interested in realistic human gesture. The magic of certain personalities inspired us to create their images. We tried not only to make portrait dolls but also to convey the nature of the characters through the gesture and costumes. Before making a portrait doll of the personality we were interested in we made a thorough research of the biography, read interviews, gathered photos and videos. Thanks to this interest we deepened our knowledge of human anatomy and facial gesture. We also learned to work with various artistic materials: china, self fusing plastics (paperclay, efa plast, la doll), fumo, baked plastics.
However portrait doll didn’t let us express ourselves as designers and we started experimenting with materials. Finally we found a perfect solution by combining our passion for fashion design and dolls art. This has grown into small conceptual collections of 10 to 15 dolls.
Huge amount of preparative work is behind every collection. First an idea/emotion is born and we develop a concept of a project. Then we start preparative work: we learn the history, search for the images, develop the texture, choose technique and draw sketches. Figure’s gesture, stylization, artistic delivery and costume design all of this goes along with one theme to express the idea to maximum extent.
The first conceptual project called fashionMOON was presented at the 3rd International Salon in Moscow. The collection was readily accepted by the audience and justified our boldest expectations. The project received two high awards. This was a powerful motivation for our further creative work.
We challenge ourselves with every new collection. We make several dolls or one collection a year. Every doll is handmade from start to finish. We make them patiently, thoughtfully and with a lot of love. We always work together, inspiring and completing each other, besides it’s interesting and a lot of fun.”
As gorgeous as it may seem though, each doll is worth more than most of us could ever make in a year. You know why? Because each piece is given life with relentless amounts of labor that takes days to plan and months to accomplish; they don’t use cheap materials but fabrics and accessories from practically around the globe; and they worked so much to put their projects out there, so the price is not so over the top after all. If passion for fashion and doll making were taken into consideration, if you ask me, Popovy Dolls could be worth millions. I can only watch their collection and dream myself that I can do what they do.
So if most of you are aspiring to reward yourself with a Louis Vuitton or a Rolex, for me I want a Popovy. :]