Sunday, 14 July 2013

We are happy to introduce: Saience!

Sunday, 14 July 2013
The new round of "The traveling Blythes" will kick off soon: the sign-ups started and everyone is anxious to see who our new travelers will be! While we are still working on the perfect travel routes, we will use the opportunity to present our three customizers of round 4.

Last week we introduced Christy from Pixiepoo, today Rebecca from Saience (see here for her Flickr) is in the center of our attention:

♥ Could you please tell us a few words about yourself?

Hi, I'm Sai / Rebecca! I'm 28 years old and work in scientific R&D as a biological-technical assistant in a land-based marine recirculating system with fish, prawns, zoo plankton and algae. I share my small apartment with my husband Jan, 2 guinea pigs and a crapload of dolls, toys and miniatures.

♥  Please tell us a little bit about where you live.

I'm originally from Leverkusen, Germany, a city mostly known for the company Bayer (Aspirin, anyone?). Last year we moved to Saarbrücken (also Germany), because my husband started his PhD in Computer Vision at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics.

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♥  How and when did you discover Blythe?

I remember that I saw pictures of Blythe in a magazine back in 2004, and I thought they were extremely weird! Five years later an online friend from the US was bitten by the Blythe bug. She took really pretty photos of her doll and convinced me to get one, too. My first one wasn't a Blythe, though, it was a Pullip, because they were cheaper and I didn't want to spend too much money, just in case I wouldn't enjoy the hobby as much as I thought (uh, I think the current count is around 50 dolls, 20 of them being Blythe). But we all know how long it takes for a doll to arrive from overseas, so I had a lot of time to browse Flickr and fall in love with Blythe dolls (my favourites at the time being Darling Diva, Princess a la Mode and Ultimate Tour / Momolita - only the cheapest ones, right? Haha).

♥  How did you start customizing and where does the name Saience come from? 

I knew that I wanted a black-haired Blythe with bangs, but I didn't like the moles that Bow Wow Trad and Nightflower had. This is when I found out about customizing...and I just HAD to get a doll to transform her into the black-haired beauty I had in mind! My first victim was Can Can Cat, she was pretty cheap at the time and I figured it would be easy to dye her blue hair black (didn't go as planned...she got a reroot eventually). Thus Lilith, my first Blythe custom (or rather forever WIP) was born!

Saience was just my Flickr URL, because "Sai" (my screenname of 10 years, based on The Dark Tower and my favourite song by Acidman) was already taken, and I really love science. I'm lame like that, haha.

♥ What are your projects with Saience in 2013?

I'm really busy with my job, so I didn't have much time for my hobbies in the last 2 years, which means that my own dolls have been WIPs for a looong time and got dusty already! So except for the Traveler my only plans include to finish my own doll projects (for the last years I only worked on commissions). There will be reroots with alpaca fiber, saran and nylon in white, pink, yellow, teal...if I manage to finish them all, that is!

♥  Why did you decide to take part in the Traveling Blythes project?

I thought it would be a great opportunity to work on a doll for someone else (many someones actually) again but without having too many constraints, which is both pleasant, but also a challenge - because of course I would like to please everyone's taste with this custom doll. What I did know was that this project needs a blue haired Blythe!

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 Do you like cheese?

A life without cheese is possible, but pointless. I freaking LOVE cheese!

♥  What is the most challenging with customizing a Blythe doll?

Commissions! Satisfying people's expectations but without being "just" the craftsman, but also artistic, is the hardest thing for me. One of the reasons why I shut down my commission list. (But the most prominent reason was that I just don't have that much free time.)

♥  Who is your favorite Traveler from the past rounds of the traveling Blythes?

I had the pleasure of hosting both Perrin, sammydoe's girl and Geo, FrankieDarling's girl and I really liked both! Especially Geo's lids were perfection.

♥  What will your Traveler be like?

As mentioned in the initial interview she will definitely have blue hair, I already got the TBL with the most perfect hair in my opinion (see picture above!). My inspiration is the river Danube and Rainy Day London Dunny.

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Depending on how her face up turns out she might get a hair cut, but I'm not sure about that. I prefer natural face ups with brownish/beige/pinkish tones and a not too intense lip and nostril carving. 
She will definitely get Licca arms! I think you get the best of both worlds with a Blythe body and bendable Licca arms. I really hope you will like her!

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