I have uploaded photos of Anja’s dolls for sale.
I have uploaded photos of Anja’s dolls for sale.
We had just returned from our fourth and final Tokyo trip the day before and hadn’t even had time to unpack all the goodies Anja bought at Doll Show and Dolpa. But it was the most amazing holiday so Anja certainly left this world in style.
Even before I dated Anja she was my big idol as we attended drawing classes together in school and I love how she was and the art she created. We lost touch but ran into each other while I was in the army and have been together since.
I cannot overstate the impact she have had on me as a person and the massive driving force she has been behind my life and career. She truly made me a much better person and I feel lost without her.
Nor can I emphasise enough the massive importance all of you have had on her last years, whether you met her in real life or only online makes no difference. Her community was her life line to the world especially at times where she was confined to our flat or to hospital beds.
Your tweets, your DMs, your emails, your phone calls, your visits played a crucial part in her staying with us for so long it even baffled the doctors. Your support and hobby gave her strength to get out of bed and even fly to the other side of the planet to visit Japan.
If you need to contact me please freel free to email me on fransgaard(at)gmail.com
Thank you all for being such amazing friends to my wife.
Yours truly Robert Fransgaard
All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain…
Not been very active on the doll scene lately so was good to get to the monthly London meet this month ^^
Had a good chat with both old and new attendees and took a few photos.
Brought my new bunny Mamachapp that I am tempted to name Bunny, Sonja, Pino and Kanu.
Wanted to bring Chloe but just could not be bothered lugging her weight around in the heat.
Yesterday I finally got around to uploading my meet pics and some of them were of Lily’s last pose before Gabe was heading home with her.
Got her too but didn’t bring her.
Got the idea to let her play around with the White Album girls’ mic as her outfit made her look slightly 70′s punk chique in a kawaii way.
So, set her up in a dynamic “rocker” pose and started snapping away.
Added this pic to the Dollfie Dream group on Flickr and thought nothing more of it.
This morning noticed it had been faved a few times and had 26 views, not bad, pretty chuffed, nothing unusual for a meet pic that have been added to a group, normally gets a fair few views.
Then, this afternoon is checking my mail and there are literally loads of Flickr pings.
Bit puzzled heads of to Flickr to find out that this image have been viewed 500+ times and still counting and been added to 2nd page of Flickr Explore. Didn’t even know there was such a thing XD
Well, it was on there but now it’s gone :/)
(Edit: Still there but have been bumped to #91 from #11 – oh well, fame is fickle ;D)
Not bad for a random pic of a random pose taken at a random doll meet in London by me with my new 50mm lens
(Bugger – does this mean I will have to start taking this photography stuff serious now?)
Uploaded to Flickr and totally forgot to make a blog post ^^
Had a great February meet at the RFH despite some rude photo snapping folks and it being uber busy due to mid-term.
Mostly snapped the vinyl girls this time, brought five of my own: Moe, Natsuki, Yuki, Rina and Yoko.
Also, brought Vesuvia for Krowbar – strange to see her go but she will be much better of in her new home. Sniffle.
Finished this commission in November last year but just haven’t gotten around to getting a blog post put together before now.
This commission was requested by GabrielVH at the same time as the school uniform.
The style itself was pretty simple so the tricky part here was the print: Where do you buy fabric that matches the anime?
Answer is: You make it yourself!
Put Gabriel on the job and with a couple of pics back an forth got the scale right, the colour combo and the direction of the print.
Sourced a textile printing company to make the fabric for us. There were loads out there but some were just too expensive or they didn’t provide chiffon material as an option.
Production was around a couple of weeks and received a really good product.
Will definitely consider this option for own projects going forward if the print in your head is just not to be found in the stores.
Got the lilac trim from the local fabric shop.
To finish it of we decided on giving it a scalloped edge by using crochet to match the look of the anime.
Really proud of how it turned out. Was very close to keeping it for myself
Before shipping it out took a l o t of photos of it – 495. Sorted these down to 45 that does not look completely identical and is not totally out of focus.
During 2010 I started taking on a lot more commissions than ever before – mainly due to my new found interest in Dollfie Dreams and the current lack of people making clothing for this particular type of doll.
This meant that I actually didn’t really get around to doing my own projects as there was always a commission hanging over my head that I felt obliged to get finished before I started on my own stuff.
During a recent tidy of my dollie clothes drawer I realised that I don’t have any XD
So, I have decided that for 2011 I am going to concentrate on my own stuff again as this is what I went into this hobby to do.
However, I do love the challenge of commissions as often they make me do stuff that I would otherwise not enter into and it’s good practice as well as fun. Plus I love when people receive their stuff and post pictures and are happy with what I made for them.
Therefore, I’ve decided that I am only going to be taking in one commission per month with end of month delivery time going forward. This will make sure that there are hopefully no major delays to any orders and also, I will get time to do my own stuff as well. No rules without exemption
If you got an idea for a project and I am already booked up there is no harm in asking – I might get time to fit you in.
I have set up an event widget for commissions in the right hand side column – still can’t figure out how to get it into the calendar so for now it will do as is.
8 March 2011 Commission Update
Due to personal circumstances I will no longer be accepting any commissions.
I sincerely apologise to those I have had to cancel on, trust me, I would not have done so if I had the choice to do otherwise.
If you are looking for a BJD commission you should head to DoA, plenty of talented people on there who I am sure would take on your project.
Unfortunately I don’t really know many dollie tailors out there who make good quality commissions for Dollfie Dream girls.
Only one I know of is Kuraikawaii of www.murasaki.me.
If I do hear of any, I will add them to the list ^^
Thank you to all my previous commission customers! It has truly been great fun to work with you all ^^
On a grey November Sunday morning I ventured out with my packed suitcases, camera bag and my ticket for the London doll event of the year: Midwinter Masked Ball.
Arrived at the pub before everyone else and started to be a bit worried that I had either gotten the address wrong or the dates mixed up…
Everyone finally started showing up about 15 minutes late and setting up could finally commence.
It was an epic day with lots of socialising, putting faces on user names, meeting up with new and old peeps, taking lots of photos, having a really good pub buffet, competitions and general sillyness.
A few of us ended up in Wong Kei for dinner which was equally epic although I am not a huge fan of their food, the company was brilliant!
Huge thanks to Madame Mau Mau of the Nacht Zircus for arranging this and hope that we can all help bring this back for next year if all goes well!
Not sure if we beat the Russians this time but we sure made a bloody good effort!!!
As any creative person will know: Doing things well in advance is what we all set out to do but in reality we mostly end up doing it the night before we have to hand in the project.
I had known about this event for months but had been pushing the outfits aside for other things like commissions and general life.
My initial idea was to make a double act in the form of two identical dresses, one black and one white worn by my Unon twins.
Only obstacle was the fact that I actually did not have my Unon twins yet as no2 was on her way with expected delivery September but with Hobby Japan’s notorious record of being late, the risk of her not turning up in time was pretty big. Therefore, did not want to start before I knew she was home safe and sound.
She arrived mid October but was busy finishing of the Misaka Mikoto commission so had no time to put her together when she finally arrived after months of waiting for her.
Then, a week before the event I finally started up the machinery to get the Unon twins dressed up.
Started up a moodboard on Pinterest.com to get some inspiration for the ball gowns.
As time all of a sudden was tight I decided on doing the dresses with fabrics I already had in stock as well as accessories and trims. Only had to go get some minor parts such as tulle and some silver fabric for one of the dresses as I didn’t have anything like that already.
So the black and white idea was scrapped in favour of a silver and gold theme and two different styles as the fabrics did not agree to being the same style.
Also had to make some masks as the event was a masked ball and you cannot really attend a masked ball without a mask
Decided on papier mache as wanted something slim and delicate and from forums had noticed that other fellow crafters had issues with Fimo being too heavy and not able to hold its shape when cooking.
So, wrapped up the extra faceplates in clingfilm and covered them in a layer of tin foil in order to get the face features to stand out.
Cut out small pieces of newspaper and got myself some wallpaper glue stuff and covered up the faceplates in several layers.
Left to dry for a couple of days and then drew the shapes on the full casts and cut them out. The eyeholes were a bit tricky and could possibly have used a bit of sanding but just cleaned them out with a scalpel.
Gave the masks a couple of layers of white paint to make sure that the newspaper wasn’t shining through.
Then, gilded them with fake gold and silver leaf, never tried that before so result was a bit wrinkled in places but all in all, personally happy with the finished result.
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