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Cathedral by Marina-B Cathedral by Marina-B
Iíve been working on this doll for a while and Iím absolutely infatuated with it. I think she is the best doll I ever made. But then again, I think that about every doll I just completed. But I do feel that she is very unique and different from everything Iíve ever made before. To me, she seems to signal some sort of a renewal, a new direction, new inspiration and fresh blood, like a shot of adrenaline to the heart.

She is one of a kind. Her name is Cathedral and she is the first doll from the new, Architectural series, which presently exists only in the concept/research stage and it will be at least a year until I expect to complete the collection. Cathedral will take part in the Berlin show as a special preview for the next series, but she is the only doll that wonít be for sale just yet.

Fragility show at Strychnin will consist mostly of 15 one a kind-tattooed and nudes in new, metal head dresses. There will be an online preview for everyone on the Strychnin website.

I havenít figured out how to photograph this doll yet. The cathedral head dress is very tricky to capture effectively an Iím still figuring out the best lighting that will show the piece best. More pictures to come.

You may recognize the cape from a while ago. It has a lot of Sterling Silver and Amethysts attached to it. The Cathedral itself is a one of a kind wax carving, also cast in Sterling. Itís quite heavy. In fact, this is the most silver Iíve ever used in a single doll. She is literally precious. Iíll tell you more about it in the next post and show the wax carving. I think you might be a bit surprised to find how I made it.
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TitaniumGrunt7 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
A cathedral crown, my life feels complete!
ladyeyeballz83 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I wish you posted a full view of her dress as well
christellia Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your dolls are so beautiful
WezlArt Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
She's gorgeous! And I love the use of precious metals and stones. There is so much creativity here!
Almatheya-Andra Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student General Artist
featured here :[link]
Princess-CoCo-154 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG, so beautiful and pure! i really love it, great job
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
The details are beautiful! :wow:
beccalendsahand Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Incredible detail!!
MaKo85 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is breathtakingly gorgeous :heart:
harera22dec Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
n i c e
NanaCasas Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully detailed work, Marina! Very pretty! :0)
bloodymarry222 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow... I cant even start to imagine how you made these dolls. I wish I could make some.. not quiet like your because I like to be original. But your dolls are very very beautiful.
HCullymore Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All your work is so beautiful!
faerietale456 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This one has to be my favorite so far
LilyVelly Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Wonderful! I love the jewellry work on all your dolls, but this one is my favorite.
HumanHunter Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i love her lips...
Sophia-Christina Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
Beautiful Nad Exquisite
ZoraSummer Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011
bvanhorn Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Totally amazing. I love the detail work. It must have taken you AGES to complete.
KathrynBriggs Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Featured! :heart: [link]
JuleeMClark Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i cannot wait to see this series come into production.
i'm so curious and absolutely hoping for onion domed cathedrals
and pagodas and who knows what else you have up your
sleeve... perhaps the taj mahal.
considering this piece here, there is no doubt in my mind that
whatever you do, they will be astounding.
your art certainly keeps me on the edge of my seat.
cinder-wrong Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011   Writer
Ah, beautiful. I love the use of different colors.
YumiYoukkai Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
That headpiece blows my mind, it's so gorgeous! I can see how it would be difficult to photograph. Her face is so realistic-looking, even her eyebrows look fantastic. :D I think this one is one of my favorites.
cowboytrix Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
It's exquisite. And I've been to Notre Dame Cathedral. This doll personifies it well.
zozeen Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
I thought this was a real human being at first! the face looks so....real! I love the beads and the attention to detail
my-immortals Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010  Professional General Artist
I have been watching your work for years and I am always taken aback by the stunning beauty of each and every piece! You are a true master of your craft!
Mistress-Needle Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
good spirits! this doll... there are no words for it. you have outdone yourself. how did you ever find time for sleep?
An-Old-Feathery-hat Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
It's beautiful.
ZhuanYun Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
Very beautiful! Great work! :-)
ephiekay Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010
vey good 100% good work
stevenshipman Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Miewou Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Oh my wooorrdd ... this is stunning ... would it be possible for me to use this as a reference for painting PRETTY PLEASE *cries* :la: shes like a dream this one, heartbreaking!
AprilMcGuire Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010   Digital Artist
This reminds me of my pic of the princess with the castlecrown :la: I love this idea! Yours is so grand and beautiful :heart:
There once was a princess named Robin
who sewed with gold thread and a bobbin
Then one day she told me,
"I feel oh, so lonely,
so I sewed a castle atop my noggin."

It's an old poem, but funny xD
Zae369 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
I wonder if it's too cliche to say that you really inspire me.
She is beautiful! How did you make all the metal parts?
RyanTottle Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
My God, I love this. Are copies for sale?

ssjSky59 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
Wow, this is absolutely beautiful, I work in a bead store and I'm marveling at all the little jewels and charms. I see a lot of amethyst and pearls? And that's all sterling silver? Holy crap.
Roogna Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
she looks so REAL!
and my custom wedding band was first carved in wax so I know it can be done, but I still look at detail like that in amazement! :worship:
pilarouro Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow her face is very realistic, the the jewellery must have been really difficult to do!! The job is stunning
SuupaaRabito Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010   Digital Artist
Stunning !
2snails1shell Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
LisaP21 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010   General Artist
wow, I'm watching you from now on. gorgeous, I'm captivated.
kemurikat Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful and fantastical.
Thabara Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2010   Artisan Crafter
This is so very lovely. It reminds me of Sulamith WŁlfing's artwork. <3
MasterWeirdo Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
This is one of my favorites of your dolls! Her face is just beautiful!!
mythfits Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
You know, we get to see a lot of incredible art through these wonderful online networks, but you just continue take my breath away. I find myself squeeking and gesticulating at the screen in exhillerating disbelief. I just had the image, (probably long since passed through your consciousness), of divine craftsmen- producing humanity and the wonders of nature in their heavenly studios. Perhaps one has come to dwell amongst us for a time. Thanks for gracing us with such beauty- :frail: :earth: :frail:
Madenn Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
rm5 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
Such beautiful doll, such skills!
lunaspirit Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
You work with these dolls are awesome, so far this one is my favorite with the Snow white one.
HatrednGretel Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2010
Marina, you're the Jimi Hendrix of doll making!! Your talent is breath taking. I think I would sell my own mother for one of your dolls!!!
anonbea Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
her face is so detailed, this is indeed precious but not through jewels and silver but through talent used C:
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