micaeverywhere:

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So I get on average 1-2 anonymous messages a week asking if I paint recasts. If un-anon I will inform people that I do not paint them privately but I don’t really feel comfortable filling up my blog with anons asking me about recasts.

So as a formal announcement in hopes of everyone…

In the past I recommended this artist for her services (she painted Gull) but she is no longer interested in painting recasts. I just want to make sure this is clear to anyone who still follows me and might have been thinking about contacting her - please respect the artists’ wishes when it comes to what they will or will not work on!

jerolv01:

With this text, I hope to bring something new to the recast discussion in a short text without repeating the old too much. Please be kind and read it and think about it. I hope I’m not too incoherent. *w*

Following the continuing, luckily plentiful discussion about recasts in the bjd hobby, I…

Finally, sometime meaningful to respond to! Very interesting post, a few thoughts/arguments from myself…

I have to disagree that companies appear faceless to the consumers within the BJD hobby. Perhaps to those who do not attempt to reach out to connect, yes, and I won’t disagree that it’s easy to grow disenchanted and annoyed with companies when you sometimes wait months without any communication for a basic doll, but in my opinion most companies try to reach out on an intimate level to their consumers within the ABJD hobby. Companies connect with us by reacting to our community directly - Luts/Fairyland (I can’t remember which it was, oops) has put at least one doll towards DoA Anniversary celebrations, and many companies have representatives who answer questions on DoA and post news, and even more have Q&A boards where you can get responses that are (arguably) endearing and open. There is also a personal touch when a doll arrives with a certificate that has your name handwritten on it.

When you buy a recast, there is none of this. Yes, you talk to someone directly to make the order, but that’s not a personal connection. That’s just how to order the goods.  Your doll doesn’t have anything linking your online actions to you (ie certificate or handwritten note) and, to me, it’s just as impersonal (even more so) than when something from Amazon arrives.

I’ll also happily point out that related to the recast issues plaguing the hobby, many companies and artists have issued statements. If that is considered bad communication, or doesn’t reflect a company/artist speaking for themselves, then I don’t know what more you want. In some cases they only state that they are pursuing litigation, but in others, they offer personal insight, they share how exactly this new branch of the industry is harming them. 

I do agree that an individual’s opinion is based on their experiences with companies. I know I’ve seen more than one case where someone has said in particular that they do not like Fairyland’s service or the quality of their dolls, and choose to buy recasts based off that. Personally, I never had any conflicts with companies, even when the transactions didn’t go personally, and I have always felt that I was taking an action that benefitted the artist when I bought a doll from the originating company.

I’ll also flat-out say I think it’s always a load of hogwash when big companies try to present themselves ‘intimately’ in advertising, but that’s a whole other mess that we don’t need to go into.

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Anonymous asked:

Hi! I came across your writings and photos in the bjd tag.. And it caught me like wild fire! You made me want to look into the recast community and I love what I see. Thank you so much for doing what you do

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Thank you! Please remember to always think critically about everything you read, and no matter if you decide to be for or against recasts (or in some foggy middle ground like I am) don’t forget to give consideration and weight to everyone’s arguments equally.

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Anonymous asked:

I love your girl. I also wanted to say that you make some insightful and some of the most valid arguments to the owning of recasts. It's great to see someone really work on a doll, perfect its mold flaws and bring it to life, recast or not

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Thank you! I appreciate it.

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Anonymous asked:

You always kind off as kind of snippy and rude. You can respond to people without coming off this way, and to be honest I've unfollowed your blog because of how rude you are when people submit questions, despite claiming that "reader input is greatly valued and welcomed". Rude and snippy is not welcoming.

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There is reader input, and then there is “where did you buy her” and “how do you like your Volks doll” - both questions I’ve answered many times, and things that contribute absolutely nothing towards the recast discussion. I’m not sorry about coming off as snippy and rude, though I do disagree - looking through the last dozen posts by me, I don’t think I’ve been cruel at all.

I don’t have the time to try and please everyone, which is impossible in the BJD fandom anyway. People who follow me hopefully do so to get some photos and information on my recast, and to read my opinions and thoughts on recast BJD. Granted, I’ve been inactive as of late…

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Anonymous asked:

how well can your Volk's girl (Gull) pose? I'm wondering b/c I've heard Volks dolls are nice and heavy, but will this heaviness translate into a bit more trouble into say, leaning forward and standing or balancing on one leg and leaning backwards. Would like to get your opinion, love your dolly by the way!

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I do not own a Volks doll. I own a recast of a doll that Volks designed and sculpted. She is very flawed, as there is not as much care focused into her production, and as such, I don’t consider her a valid reference for Volks posing - especially when it comes to things like weight, as she is cast and drilled in different ways than the original molds.

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idealgirl123 asked:

I just kept reading your blog and I see you are not willing to give out recast resources. The tagline of your blog makes it seem as if you are open to this type of question. I now see the tagline under nearth. The only way I will find links and resources is by asking. Googling is not helping me. I will find someone else to ask my research questions.

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Cool story, bro.

I don’t know how many times I have to plug Castaways. If you can’t find anything by google, I have no idea what you’re looking for.

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Anonymous asked:

gah! Your Gull has me tickled, she's so lovely :) It's always a pleasant surprise to come up here and see new pictures of her. Lovely outfit by the way, it looks so very nice on her!

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Thank you, dear! Sorry to all the PD followers that I don’t post much these days.

A quick, crappy snapshot of Miss Gull!

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Anonymous asked:

Do you support recasts of small studios/one artists studios dolls?

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I absolutely do not. Please read my earlier posts to understand the situations in which I think considering purchasing a recast is ok - you’ll find that I think the consumer should make every attempt to support the original companies whenever possible.