It has been a very long time since I even looked at this blog. Or that I really thought about doing anything with my dolls/action figures. I’ve been struggling with chronic depression with episodes of major depressive episodes to spice things up.
I’m glad to say that I’ve been working on getting to a functioning baseline, and that I am once more thinking about my 1/6 hobby and what it means to me, and what I feel inspired to do with it.
First, I’ve got to say that originally, when I first got into the hobby (lo, those many years ago) it was as an outlet to cope with my depression and mental illness. Through the years my focus on customizing, characters even types of dolls and figures changes and varied (rather like life, no?). And I am finding myself coming round full circle one more time.
I started doing customs because I needed something to focus on that allowed my creativity to flow and I didn’t feel constrained. Here are some of my first customized barbies & takara CGs. (they’re kind of laughable, but they were some of my first go-rounds. I’m hoping that when I start back at it I will be better).
So, talking about that, this leads to where I want to go (for a while anyway). I want to do fantasy oriented customs and eventually some photostories to go with them. Don’t worry–I’m not abandoning Quinlan, the Chronicles or my Contemporary dolls & characters. I’m simply allowing my focus to expand and hopefully it will give me some creative rejuvenation.
Now, if only Made to Move Barbies didn’t cost so much freaking money (and if my local wal-mart would carry them. The downside of living out in the rural countryside–people aren’t that into barbies and are much more into non-doll toys). Well we’ll see how it all goes, but I’m going through my collection of Fashion Royalty dolls and CG girls and thinking about what my options are with them, and how far I can push their bodies (Fashionistas are _nice_ but they can’t bend their arms or legs and that lack of articulation just begs that they get rebodied onto _something_!
Anyway. There it is.