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Interview: Francesco Catalano from The Black Swan Company

¡Hola a todos!

Francesco Catalano y, sobre todo, The Black Swan Company son muy conocidos entre los coleccionistas de Barbie por las maravillosas OOAK que llevan creando ya varios años y cuya seña de identidad, como más tarde nos explicará el entrevistado, son las plumas. Por eso, es un enorme placer y un verdadero honor poder sumar a Francesco a las entrevistas que en los últimos meses he realizado a grandes diseñadores.

Por respeto hacia este gran maestro, reproduciré sus palabras tal cual me las envió, es decir, en inglés para evitar así con mi traducción alterar el significado de alguna de ellas. En la entrevista, Francesco nos desvela, entre otras muchas cosas, cuándo y por qué surgió The Black Swan Company, en qué se inspira para crear sus diseños, qué material utiliza siempre en sus trabajos, cuál fue su primera Barbie, de qué OOAK se siente más orgulloso y… apunta un consejo para todos aquellos que quieran seguir sus pasos.

¡Espero que os guste!

Odette, The Queen of Swans by The Black Swan Company
Odette, The Queen of Swans by The Black Swan Company

Hello everyone!

Francesco Catalano and, above all, The Black Swan Company are well known among collectors for the wonderful OOAK Barbie that they wearing creating several years and whose hallmark, as the interviewed will explain later, are feathers. So it is a great pleasure and a real honor add to Francesco to interviews that in recent months I have done to the greats designers.

Out of respect for this great master, I reproduce his words just as he sent to me, ie in english, to avoid with my translation alter the meaning of any of them. In the interview, Francesco reveals, among other things, when and why did The Black Swan Company, in which is inspired to create his designs, what material always used in their work, what was his first Barbie, what is his favorite OOAK doll, and … points a tip for anyone who wants to follow in his footsteps.

Hope you like it!

Dulcinea from Don Chisciotte by The Black Swan Company
Dulcinea from Don Chisciotte by The Black Swan Company

Rebeca (R): What is The Black Swan?

Francesco (F): The Black Swan Company is a project started maybe when I was 5 years old. At that time I used to play with a lot of pink box Barbies that I had in my collection. During university years I used to create dolls for myself and thanks to the hard lessons of my grandmother I learned all the tricks of tailoring. Mary Deneb, my talented mother, have been doing all the hairdressings of my dolls since the very beginning. When the Black Swan has been created it was supposed to be a Prima Ballerina for our private collection and we would never imagine the consequences of this doll. The Black Swan was a worldwide success but the White Swan reached even higher records. The first prototype was sold for 1.300 dollars and in 2010 we founded the Black Swan Company. Today our dolls are requested all over the world.

R: What inspires you to do your job?

F: Love inspires me. Heart inspires me. It could not be different than this, there is no other way. It is not a job, it is a way of life. You feel to have all the love of the world for what you do, you could not love it more than you actually do. Barbie came into my life when I was very little, so I guess I had a “priming” with her. She is one of my first memories, when you are a child your heart is like a white paper where you can write on. The mark that Barbie left in my heart is still strong and unforgettable and it is clearly visible in the love, care, details and efforts I put in each one of my creations. This is the secret: love.

Safari by The Black Swan Company
Safari by The Black Swan Company

R: What makes your dolls are different? 

F: I guess our dolls are different not just for the huge amount of details, high standards or the severe perfectionism we put in our creations. They are different because we really put ourself on the line, who buys one of our dolls is buying a part of our lives, days, feelings and true passion. One of our last dolls was The Firebird, a customer congratulated for how human the doll was alike, maybe she had this feeling because of the reasons I said above.

R: Do you have any material (fabric, jewelry, etc.) that is always in all your OOAK dolls? 

F: There is an element that is always in our creations: feathers. From the very beginning, when we launched the Swans or our Showgirls and Carnival in Rio in 2011, the feathers were our signature. You can clearly see in our logo: a black feather. If you see a feathered doll, it is high probable that is one of our ooaks, we use feathers in 90% of our creations, or maybe inspired by. Before being artists and designers, we are collectors and we have been following the Barbie world since a very long time. In the past, we saw feathered dolls only occasionally by other artists, today you can see feathered dolls more often and in succession. In fact a lot of our friends contacted us saying that our works are inspirational, that is just wonderful.

Carnaval in Rio
Carnaval in Rio by The Black Swan Company

R: Since when do you like Barbies? Are you a collector? If the answer is yes, what was your first Barbie? 

F: Like I said, I love Barbies since the age of 5. Today I am a collector and a museum owner. My first doll as a child was Barbie Benetton from the series released in 1991. My first collectible doll as an adult was Bob Mackie Holiday 2006. Today I have all the Bob Mackie and Byron Lars Barbie dolls, they are my favourite designers.

R: Do you have any doll you’ve made that you feel the most proud of? 

F: If I have to choose one of the dolls we created that I am particularly proud of, I would choose our last doll we did not already released. Her name is The Flowers of Evil, inspired by Charles Baudelaire poetry book. Her gown is magnificent, the embroidery is outstanding, her face, jewels, hat and bouquet of black roses create a mystic atmosphere. When I look at her I am in love. You are going to see her just this week, so don’t worry, you don’t have to wait too much.

LES FLEURS DU MAL (THE FLOWERS OF EVIL) by The Black Swan Company.
LES FLEURS DU MAL (THE FLOWERS OF EVIL) by The Black Swan Company.

R: What advice would you give someone who want to make a OOAK?

F: My advice to everybody wants to make ooak is to follow you heart. I have heard that a lot of people wants to approach this world because it is profitable. That is horrible. Don’t make it for business or to emulate other artists, it is the worst form of art. Creativity and love should be always in the first place and they have nothing to do with business that is secondary. But if you have strong passion, if you really believe in what you do, then go ahead and follow your instinct as I did and create, design, day and night. There are people who can’t really imagine their lives without Barbie. I am one of them

Thanks Francesco for everything. You make us happy with your designs. You deserve all the success in the world.

Rebeca

The Black Swan by The Black Swan Company
The Black Swan by The Black Swan Company
Imágenes: The Black Swan
 
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La Barbie de Rosa Clará

¡Hola a todos!

Ya sabéis cómo adoro yo a una novia, versión Barbie o no. Por ello, os presento la OOAK (One of a Kind, esto es que solo hay una) que realizó la prestigiosa diseñadora española de moda nupcial, y desde hace no mucho también de comunión, Rosa Clará, con motivo del 50 aniversario de nuestra muñeca favorita, para el proyecto Generación Barbie en el que participaron cincuenta mujeres que han triunfado en sus diferentes profesiones (Alaska, Rosa Oriol de Tous, Asha Miró, Chelo Sastre, Rosa Bisbe, Gemma Bernal, Judith Colell, Teresa Sapey, Ouka lele, Gema Hassen-Bey o Àfrica Fanlo ) plasmando sus obras al tamaño de la muñeca y que podéis ver en las entradas del blog anteriores y posteriores a esta.

¿Qué os parece esta bonita novia? Para mi gusto, Rosa Clará hace verdaderas maravillas y creo que podía haberle sacado más partido a Barbie, aunque entiendo la dificultad.

Rebeca

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Hervé Léger by Max Azria Barbie Doll

¡Hola a todos!

Confirmado: según la publicación Vogue en diferentes ediciones internacionales, estará disponible el próximo 15 de octubre. En Barbie Collector de momento sólo afirman que será a principios de dicho mes.

¿Qué os parecen las imágenes del prototipo?

Rebeca

Hello everyone!
Confirmed: Vogue as published in various international editions, will be available next October 15. In Barbie Collector in that moment only they say earlier that month.

What do you think about the pictures of the prototype?

Rebeca

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Una Vitrina Llena de Tesoros y Amigos tendrá su propia OOAK

¡Hola a todos!

Como ya he comentado en anteriores ocasiones, en el post anterior sin ir más lejos, el blog además de un perfil y una fan page en Facebook cuenta con una comunidad para coleccionistas que se llama Una Vitrina Llena de Tesoros y Amigos. En los pocos meses de vida que tiene esta última se han creado fuertes lazos de amistad entre la mayoría de sus miembros y es que, sin duda, en nuestro grupo (al que todos estáis invitados) predomina el buen rollo, el compañerismo, el respeto y, por supuesto… ¡el rosa de Barbie!

Desde que se anunció cuándo se celebraría la segunda Convención Nacional de Coleccionistas de Barbie en España, es decir, la de este año, pensé en que estaría bien poder crear una OOAK de parte de todo el grupo, tanto los que pueden asistir como de los que no, y colaborar así con una buena causa donando, en este caso, el dinero recaudado por ella a la Asociación española contra el Cáncer (aecc). Sin embargo, tengo que admitir que lo mio no es eso jeje. Por suerte cuento con muchas personas dispuestas a ayudarme y gracias a ellas puedo decir que… ¡Una Vitrina Llena de Tesoros y Amigos donará una Barbie en la próxima Convención!

La modelo escogida es una Barbie Basics, la número 008 de la colección 001 y lucirá un vestido que representará claramente a los miembros del grupo y su espíritu, del que me siento tan orgullosa. ¡Estoy segura de que os encantará porque además para crearla contaré con la ayuda de Carmen Ortí y Nuria Rodrigo! Aunque (pista) en realidad la haremos un poco entre todos… ssscht es una sorpresa 😉

Próximamente… ¡las fotos finales antes de la Convención!

Rebeca

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Holiday Barbie Dolls videos

¡Hola a todos!

Como seguro ya sabréis, este año se cumplen 25 años de una de las colecciones más populares entre el público, la que muchos consideran que convierte a muchas niñas y niños en coleccionistas en su edad adulta: la Holiday Dolls, es decir, las muñecas que salen cada año para celebrar la Navidad.

En los últimos años se ha podido disfrutar de estas muñecas para coleccionistas en los anuncios de publicidad de la televisión como ocurre con la mayoría de las playline o pink box. A continuación podréis disfrutar de algunos de ellos. ¡Espero que os gusten!

Rebeca

2013 Holiday Barbie Doll
2013 Holiday Barbie Doll

Hello everyone!

As I’m sure you already know, this year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most popular collections among the public: the Holiday Dolls, ie dolls that leave each year to celebrate Christmas.

In recent years it has been enjoying these dolls for collectors advertisements on television like most playline or pink box dolls. Here you can enjoy some of them. Hope you like!

Rebeca

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