Monthly Archives: July 2012

The gothic world of Light-Painted Dolls

When we think of dolls, we imagine young children playing, dressing plastic figurines in tiny outfits, of ‘Action Man’ or ‘Barbie’ and all the fun of innocent childhood games, but dolls have been used in magic or religious contexts across the globe throughout history. Earliest findings document the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans among the ancient civilisations creating doll-like figurines. Immortalising their gods or deities, they were used as burial artefacts as well as ornaments or playthings. These were often crude representations, manufactured from clay, wood or stone, but even in those ancient times, examples of dolls created as elaborate art existed. Discoveries of wooden ‘paddle dolls’, dating back circa 2000B.C. have been made during past excavations of Egyptian tombs while the earliest examples of dolls with moveable limbs pre-date A.D. by some 200 years.

The modern doll has its origins in 15th century Germany and with the dawn of the industrial age, new materials such as porcelain and plastics allowed for mass production. As a predominantly  art-loving species, our fascination increased popularity in collectible figurines, opening a gateway for artistic creativity and to the world of ‘light painted’ dolls.

Painting with light, an imaginative technique employed by photographers to capture and create different, often mesmerizing effects, utilizes hand held coloured lighting sources and movement; it is the antithesis of photography and doll photographers take great advantage of this form of art.

Ilona Jurgiel, a professional doll maker and photographer with a sound background in the arts and literature, uses her multiple creative disciplines to infuse her dolls with the very essence of life, adding a sense of realism into each design and bringing together sculpture, painting with light, photography and ball jointed dolls. Immersing herself in the art from an early age, Ilona worked for years with pre-purchased resin based ball jointed dolls, stylising each creation with dress and traditional paint, all the while dreaming of creating her own artist Poupée from start to finish. A fortunate meeting with Lidia Snul, creator of BJTALES, led Ilona to study porcelain doll making, a highly complicated, yet extremely rewarding and versatile process.

“Porcelain”, Ilona says, “an extremely delicate yet highly durable medium, takes several stages of work to produce a finished doll, each requiring a different skill set; ceramics artist and sculptor, wig maker and designer with an intricate imagination for detail as well as mould maker and an understanding of physics to ensure the the joints move naturally and smoothly”.

There are very few porcelain doll artists in the world, and fewer still who do so, so skilfully as Ilona, so that each final piece is elegantly beautiful, unique its in own creation, yet truly representative of its creator’s brilliance in creating fine art. As important as the doll making processes are, the real mastery is seen in the technique and understanding of China painting, it is learning how to apply the subtle colours to a doll and how to ‘fire’ each of the painted parts. Both, China paint and porcelain require firing at high temperature and success is an art in itself. Porcelain’s delicateness can lead to faults while the paints too have their own demands. China paint is applied in layers with each layer fired separately and different colours fired at different temperatures, a set of processes requiring incredible depth of knowledge of both kiln and the chosen materials.

Combining doll making with her profession as a photographer, painting with light and her keen interest within the alternative scene, each doll is dressed, staged and posed, often, in a gothic or steampunk style, lighting and light filters create the mood, highlighting the intricate balance of detail and mystique Ilona captures into each finished doll. Reproducing such imagery in this way opens the eyes and channels the mind to the iridescent elegance and exquisite mastery of this beautiful craft, it conceptualises something idealised as a ‘double’, an abstract notion once referenced by Freud as ‘uncanny’.

To view more of Ilona’s incredible creations, her dolls and photography, take a look at her websites or find her on facebook.

Handmade Porcelain Art BALL JOINTED DOLLS

Photography/Light painting photography

All images supplied courtesy of Ilona Jurgiel/

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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in Uncategorized


Psychedelic Furs – Unreleased Photos from the 70s

Back in 1979 a friend of mine came from London and had a bunch of goodies with him.

He had been studying at a film school and in order to find a little extra money he used to work as a sound engineer in concerts…

He came back with photos from many bands he had worked with, acts such as The Police, Nazzareth, Sad Café, The Girls, The Boys, John Otway, and many others.

There was one more band he worked with.

The Psychedelic Furs.

So I kept these photos cause in the years that followed this was one of my favorite bands…

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Posted by on July 23, 2012 in New Wave / Dark Wave




Latin America has a great scene and every now and then it offers lots of excellent bands.  Thanks to the internet, though, the distances on this planet have become shorter.

Amáutica was formed in 2008 by drummer Romina Dusk and writer, narrator, and novelist Eugenio J. Caceres, known as “The Guru“, on guitars and vocals. The duo are based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and their sound is a mixture of post punk with some metal elements.

In 2011 Amáutica had their first release through Sombrati Records under the title “El Oscuro Toque de lo Impersonal“.

Amáutica - El Centro Secreto

Their new 5-track EP is titled “El Centro Secreto” and the lyrics deal with the mystery of the human soul.

The following video will give you an idea of their style which is very personal and unique.

Official sites for Amáutica:  Facebook | MySpace | YouTube


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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Music


Love In Cage

Love In Cage
Love In Cage is a French band from Rouen that continue the tradition of good bands coming from their country.
The band performed at WGT in May 2010, and Madrid, Spain in September 2010.  More gigs followed in Belgium and of course…France
The band members are: Isthmael:  Vox, Lyrics, Photography / Alexis, aka Dorian:  Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Drum Machine / Marielle:  Bass Guitar, Keyboards.
So far, they have released an album titled “Position” that you can order from HERE.  “Position” was released through Ünerecords and features six songs inspired by the guitar-oriented new wave of the 80s mixed with electronic elements.
Love In Cage, "Position"
Official Sites for Love In Cage: 
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Posted by on July 11, 2012 in Music


New Zero God – Club Bizarre – 2012 UK Release

New Zero God

The 4th of July certainly turned out to be a day of fireworks for our hometown boys, New Zero God!  Their day started off with the anticipation of their UK release, but, as usual, things snowballed into a full day’s events for them, beginning with an article on  (Yahoo article in Greek language only.)  From there, congratulatory messages and requests for interviews filled their day as they prepared for the evening’s release of “Club Bizarre“, their 7-Track Limited-Edition Collectors EP which has been released by Secret Sin Records [UK]

New Zero God  - CLUB BIZARRE

This special edition features 6 tracks from their debut album, “Fun Is A Four Letter Word“, as well as their new exclusive UK-release track, “Widow’s Walk“.  Each copy is hand-numbered and limited to 100 copies, has handmade packaging, and is signed by the band members of New Zero God on parchment inlays.

According to Secret Sin Records, pre-sales greatly reduced the stock-at-hand and they suggested that those who wish to attain their own copy do so quickly.

The track listing for “Club Bizarre” is as follows: Dead Inside | Kiss The Witch | Fun Is A Four Letter Word | Winners | Lap Of The Universe | Widow’s Walk | Strangest of Fruits.

Orders for “Club Bizarre” can be placed securly and directly through Secret Sin Records.

New Zero God - Club Bizarre [UK 2012]

You can catch the first scheduled radio interview with Mike Pougounas (frontman and vocalist of New Zero God, formerly of The Flowers Of Romance and Nexus) and on Saturday, July 7, 2012, 15:00-17:00 [Greece]. 

Official Sites for New Zero God:
Facebook 1 | Facebook 2MySpace | YouTube | ReverbNation

Posted by on July 5, 2012 in Goth, etc., Music, The Flowers Of Romance