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I took the first photos of Rebecca with a 35mm film camera. Here, she seems curious about what is outside the window.
By March 2002, her original eyebrows (made of paint) had largely rubbed away. I repainted the eyebrows and added freckles with poster paint dotted on with a fine brush and dabbed with a finger.
Discus is as artificial as Rebecca and the plant.
Don’t bother looking for the café on the Rue de Remarques on a map of France. It exists only in the fictional Anglo-French town of Stepford-on-Sea. ‘Rue de Remarques’ is pronounced ‘rude remarks.’ (I find that I have to explain all my jokes!)
Anoushka is named after the character played by Anglo-Russian Tereza Srbova in the 2007 movie St. Trinian’s, in which she appears for a total of 30 seconds. In “Na zdrovia”, she re-enacts her scene from that film.
Annabelle is named after the leading character in St. Trinian’s, although she bears no resemblance to actress Talulah Riley.
The close-up photo of Faina in 2013, taken by Oleg or Irina Bartok before she (Faina) left the factory in Vladivostok, shows that the freckles on her face are lighter than those on her body.
New dolls, like kittens, need lots of sleep before they can make sense of the world.
The eyes on these heads do not close. This is a separate head, identical except that it has closed eyes. The head goes onto a steel shaft that projects upwards from the middle of the neck and is secured by a screw.
All dolls have their relative merits and faults, Faina being no exception, but in my estimation (as of 2018) she is the finest doll I have ever owned or seen. To me, she is insanely attractive and realistic. (However, I still love my first doll, Rebecca, most of all.)
This is Faina in traditional costume of Old Russia.
The greatest inventions of humankind must include books and dolls.
I took this photo of Faina in an icy gale in December 2015 at Poole quay on the coast of Dorset, England, while filming for a television show in Japan.
The hippo is a fixture at Christchurch Quay on the Dorset coast in the summer of 2018.
Hong Kong garden, where Faina is made up as Siouxsie Sioux, was taken at the UK doll convention in 2014.
More photos of Faina out and about…
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