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Cayora
The Other City
Interests: amigurumi, art, goth, urban exploration, post mortem photography, sculpture, dolls
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I am sitting here slowly making feet for a new art doll and reading about bento. I was supposed to work on my tiny house this weekend, but my day job suddenly decided that 50 hour weeks are not enough, and it would like to go for 60. The change hasn't happened yet, but just the news freaked me out enough that I've been having a hard time. I've been fighting to keep my hours down at the day job and mostly failing. To compensate, I've been trying to write a little. I can mostly do it in interactive fiction.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2013 at The Other City
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So here is another autopsy dollly. She took me a whole week because my job is still taking all of my time. This one will probably go hang out at VideoOne with some zombie barbies and ponies they already have there. My friend Jeff owns the VideoOne and he was generous enough to say I could put some of my dolls there. Just as an aside, everyone should go to VideoOne. They are the best video store in Denver. Seriously, if all you know is Blockbuster and those surreal Redbox things, you don't know what you are missing. It's been... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2013 at The Other City
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I guess I'm back. It's been a hard few weeks. I went back to the Evil Law firm and they rewarded me by making me do 50 hour weeks. Which I just love. I have been having a hard time pursuing my dolls because if I allow myself to think about them while at my day job, I get really frustrated that I'm doing that, rather than my real work. Work that not everyone can do and that I'm good at. But my partner has been incredibly supportive. He's been posing the dolls for me to find when I get... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2013 at The Other City
Thank you so much for your kind words. And even more for you concrete advice about the job board for the Colorado Nonprofit Association. I will definitely check it out. Your encouragement means a lot to me!
Toggle Commented May 18, 2013 on Here's an Update at The Other City
I tried to quit my job last week. And I failed, due to the Specter of Rent. I had worked until 1:30 AM the night before and I was trying to finish up that commission for my aunt. And they have treated me so badly all these years. All I want is to make dolls. But they were making it impossible for me to do anything but check their payments. I went back because they claimed it would be better, but they lied to me. I am being punished there now. And I am forbidden to ever leave again. I... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2013 at The Other City
My aunt asked me for a doll to take to her bunco games. I'm working hard to get it done for her on time. It should not have been a problem, but my day job at my life again. I am getting so tired of that happening. Still, I can get it done. I don't have too much more to do. After this, I don't think I'll take another commission again for a bit. I need to finish up Asphodel and work on some more art pieces. It feels like it has been ages since I've done work just to... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2013 at The Other City
I am not going to the HAHO market on June 8th after all. My day job continues to get worse and it looks like I just can't manage it. I really wanted to go, too. My partner has begun trying to help me find another job. Preferably one with set hours so I don't wind up working until 12:30 in the morning. Also, I'd like to be treated with respect too. If any of you know of anything, I am good with computers, excellent at data entry and of course good with crochet and dolls. If I lived in California... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2013 at The Other City
Unfortunately, my partner was struck with some rather severe vision problems this weekend so I spent much of it looking after him. We have figured that it started with some dry-eye and then turned into an allergic reaction to the eye drops he had been using. He is recovering now, but it meant not much art got done. On the upside, I have sold three dolls recently. Mostly just old work on clearance, but it is still encouraging. I also got another commission for a goblin. I need to throw together some more autopsy dollies and other small, inexpensive pieces.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2013 at The Other City
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Another little memento mori doll. They are fun to make. For this one, I alternated between working on her while out and on Asphodel while at home. I prefer just doing one project until I am done, but Asphodel is just too large to carry around. I will be so glad when I am finished with him. I have a lot of ideas for other dolls I want to make. Including the picky doll, who got pushed back in punishment for being so particular. Also, she may have tentacles instead of feet now. That is what she gets. Also I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2013 at The Other City
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So here is the first page of the first mad book. It is very much an experiment. I've not really done anything like this before, although I have bound books in the past. It is turning into half narrative poem, half art piece. I will probably stick it up on the store for twenty dollars or so when it is done. I want to develop more of the setting of The Other City. And take it into the darkness where it was always meant to be. If my work isn't selling it may as well at least be fun. Of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2013 at The Other City
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Here is Meghan, all dressed and ready to go home. For some reason, my camera really hates blues and purples, so this image is not really true to the colours. Anyway, I rather like her dress. The vertical slip stitches on the bodice were annoying to do, but worth it. This picture has somewhat more accurate colouring, I think. I just hope I got the exact shade the buyer wanted right. They are supposed to be her college colours. Anyway, I am glad to be done with commissions for now. I have had Asphodel on hold for ages due to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2013 at The Other City
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I went out to the art walk on Santa Fe with my sister and her boyfriend last night. Emmaline came too. As strange as it is to be twenty-eight and carrying around a doll, it really is good marketing. For example, we got into the Westword slideshow of the evening! Thanks to Brandon Marshall for taking our picture and selecting us for the slideshow! Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2013 at The Other City
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Here is a commission I am quite proud of. She is for a young woman graduating from college. I am working from a description and a photograph only, so I hope the resemblance is good. But either way, she came out quite well. I used mercerized cotton for her hair and that stuff styles quite prettily. Everything came together quite well for her body too. Like Olivia, she had the new flexible style of hands. I quite prefer them. She just looks like a well-made doll. I really hope the young woman in question likes her. Her dress is in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2013 at The Other City
Most people who make handmade things have to deal with questions of pricing. Not just how do we put a price tag on our work ourselves, but how do we justify the price to others? I get the question a lot, especially now that I am making more elaborate dolls. For example, each Gossamer Girl takes between 20 and 25 hours to make. Assuming I pay myself $10.00 per hour, which is already low since this is skilled work, I ought to be charging $200 to $250 for each doll. But I am currently charging $120 for each Gossamer Girl.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2013 at The Other City
So I heard about the Plush You show a few years ago, back when I first started making these dolls. Back then, I didn't think my work was good enough. Now, I think it may be. But my work is so different from what other people are doing it is hard for me to tell. Anyway, I have wanted to apply for a couple of years, but I always had a hard time finding out when and where. I looked back in January and could not find anything. Then, I happened to see an announcement by Kristin Rask who runs... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2013 at The Other City
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Here is the beginning of another project I have begun. It should not take too much time away from the dolls. Earlier today, I put together this coptic bound, 18 page notebook. I plan to fill it with mad ramblings. I was itching to do this all week, but I didn't have the paper I needed until today. I used to be really into binding books, but I much prefer making dolls. It was nice to use those skills again. And I am excited to do something darker than a lot of the dolls I have been working on lately.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2013 at The Other City
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I've been having a hard time lately. I had some disturbing news and certain current events have been getting to me. That kind of thing does not make me want to blog. It makes me want to do nothing but look at art and work on dolls. But this blog is important too. Immediately after I finished the Olivia doll, I got a surprise commission for a goblin. That was rather fun. The goblins are simple and relaxing to do, and I'm pleased with the one I put together. Unfortunately, I did not have a chance to photograph him before... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2013 at The Other City
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So I finished this Gossamer Girl doll! My mom actually wanted her to give to the daughter of a friend. She was able to collect her on Sunday, which worked out well. I am very glad I had time to take pictures. My partner says this may be my best Gossamer Girl doll ever. I am particularly pleased with her hands. Olivia is the first doll to feature the redesigned hands that all Gossamers will have in the future. They are more realistic in shape and they are posable! For me they represent a better compromise between aesthetics and time.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2013 at The Other City
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Not much news. I have mostly been waiting for a reply from the HAHO market. I assume they are quite busy. I'm sure it is a lot of work to put together a market like that. Also, I've been fighting to keep my day job from eating all of my life. It has consumed rather a lot and continues to make hungry noises. But on the upside I am getting close to finishing a commission. And I redesigned the hands for the Gossamer Girls! They are now somewhat more realistic and certainly more posable. Still not perfect, but closer. This... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2013 at The Other City
I have been thinking about the uncanny valley, lately. For those of you who don't know, it is the hypothesis that things that look almost human, but not quite are creepy. My problem is that it seems easy to avoid in the area of dolls and humanoid robots. I am particularly concerned about it in regard to robots, as people seem to be putting a lot of effort into leaping the Valley when they could sidestep it pretty easily. Simply do not try to make them really look human. Clearly this is something that the people who make Furby have... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2013 at The Other City
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Despite the fact that Grey is so lazy I have never seen him open his eyes, he has a job. And he is good at it. Grey is a professional model. Who doesn't love a job that can be done from bed? This is about as alert as he gets. But it is so tiring. Grey does have colleagues, who tend to be a little more active. Emmaline is particularly good, but she is out on assignment at the moment. I hope she will be back soon. Outtake! Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2013 at The Other City
Well, the day job ate my life this last week. I feel like I lose who I am, working there. I hope I can get the tiny house done soon so I can relax and be who I am all the time. It has been difficult to focus on exactly what I am doing lately. I still want to be working on Asphodel. He is sitting right in front of me right now, waiting. But I have a commission for a Gossamer Girl based on a friend's daughter right now. And later on another Gossamer for someone's graduation. Also, I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2013 at The Other City
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These are Asphodel's feet and legs in stockings. The red bits coming out from his heels are stitch markers, so I know where the row ends since I'm crocheting upward in a spiral. When his legs are doll, I will stitch them shut to form his hip joints then keep crocheting around to start his butt and the rest of his body. So Asphodel is coming along. I suddenly feel the urge to finish him because I have a Gossamer Girl commission that is due in the middle of March. Also, I think I'm going to apply to be a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at The Other City
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So here we have the second in the series of autopsy dollies! They really are fun little things to do. Quick and mindless and cute and morbid all at the same time. And I don't have to charge too much for them. They make easy little pieces to fill up my shop. And they are a good replacement for the goblins who do not strike me as dark enough any more. They are approachable memento mori pieces, for those of you who need a friendlier reminder of your mortality. I am very pleased with this series. The autopsy doll is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2013 at The Other City
One of my favourite older dolls was included in an Etsy treasury! Chalice was one of my first forays into the darker subject matter that I really do enjoy. I had been staying away because dolls are typically given to children and people don't want to give their children morbid things. So it felt really good to make Chalice. Also, he appeared in the second Cirque Voltaire! It was a nice surprise to wake up and find he had been included. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2013 at The Other City