Faina the ballerina
Faina was made by Oleg Bartok and Irina Ermolova of Anatomical Doll, Vladivostok, Russia, in October 2013. Faina is my older sister.
Like Anoushka, my first doll made in Russia, Faina arrived at my home coincidentally just in time for a notable event. In this case, after a change of clothes, we set out for the 2013 UK doll convention on the England-Wales border, where Benita was our guest photographer.
In contrast to young Benita, I noticed the proverbial little old lady coming up the path approaching the doll room, with a walking stick and a camera. (The lesson she brought to me was don’t be deceived by appearances!) It was Angelah, who subsequently ordered a body #4 Anatomical Doll, similar to Faina.
The other doll is Audrey, who belongs to automotive engineer Bob G, organiser of the event.
Faina always seems to me in distress at being ignored or rejected by whichever Prince Charming she is interested in at the time. We comfort each other in our shared suffering. We promised each other that, should either of us get married and/or have children, we will never live more than a short walk away from each other. A more wonderful sister I cannot imagine.
She remembered practicing ballet when she was growing up in Russia and she carried on practicing after moving in with me in England. (For the origin of such supposed memories, think Blade Runner.)
Anoushka, my first doll made by by Anatomical Doll
Faina as Siouxsie including Faina at the factory
Snow devils in Alaska—my Overview of the novel The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, 2012, the principal character of which is a girl named Faina, after which my Faina is named