Interview: Seiji

Today we’re joined by Seiji. Seiji is an incredibly talented and versatile artist from Germany. She’s an author who writes novels and draws the different characters she creates. She also customizes ball-joint dolls for her original characters. Seiji also takes photos of the dolls she creates and she also photographs other things like nature and animals. Her photoshoots are really beautiful and I was particularly drawn to her photoshoot entitled Willow (which is just gorgeous). My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.

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WORK

Please, tell us about your art.

I’m a writer of own novels who creates drawings of her characters. Plus I customize Ball Jointed Dolls to look like my characters (or sometimes like characters of a TV show) and take photos of them.

It’s going hand in hand with everything, customizing the dolls helps me to deepen the relationship with the characters, drawing help me to visualize the characters and to make references for the dolls.

And sometimes I just like to take photos of almost everything I can find.

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What inspires you?

Almost everything. I can go through the woods or drive to work and find a scenery that inspires me, is it to take photos or finding a way to evolve a scene in the novels. Seasons and Holidays can be inspiring as well.

For a quite long time I would have count “Tim Burton” as my biggest inspiration, I still love his works but I think I found my own style.

Of course I find inspiration in movies and series. I just discovered that my favorite shade of green is actually the color of the little Mermaid’s tail, which is funny, because it is one of my favorite Disney movies and I have created my own undersea world as well.

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What got you interested in your field?  Have you always wanted to be an artist?

Ever since I can think I have drawn pictures. Mostly fan art of movies and shows I watched. I began writing in 1998 and was inspired by series like Sailor Moon and Digimon.

Later I began to create own characters and put them into fan fictions. Within the following years I decided that the characters were a piece of me and I wanted to honor them with their own stories in their own world. I left the world of fan fiction and began to write my own novels.

In 2005 I got my first own camera and I started to take selfies a lot, some photos of my pets followed. Photography was nice, but as I got into customizing Ball Jointed Dolls it became more important. The dolls joined my life in 2007 and somehow combined all the things I already did: writing, drawing and taking photos.

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Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in your work that you’d be willing to reveal?

Somehow my work is easily connected to the world of circus, freakshows and carnival. The theme crawled slowly into the world of my novels and is now an important part of it.

This theme is present in my photo signature, it’s “Zirkusdolls” which is a combination of my native language (“Zirkus” means “circus”) and English.

What advice would you give young aspiring artists?

Don’t aim to be perfect. Perfect works are soulless and boring. Do your thing, make mistakes. Try and fail, cry and laugh. You have your own views and you know what you like, nobody can create something like you can, there is no second you and therefore your work is unique and creative.

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ASEXUALITY

Where on the spectrum do you identify?

I’m panromantic asexual. And “romantic” is maybe too much. I’m not really attracted to anyone. So . . . maybe it’s aromantic? The perfect relationship for me is a best friendship. I need my space, you need your space – perfect.

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Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field?  If so, how do you handle it?

To be honest, since I weren’t out in public and only my two best friends ever knew that I’m ace I never encountered something myself. I tried to avoid any discussions regarding that matter. My sexuality is maybe a part of me but I don’t let it control my life.

I read discussions about sexuality in the BJD hobby and – fingers crossed – at least the asexuals are left out and have their peace there.

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What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?

When I read entries or blog posts it is that asexuals are just “lazy” or haven’t been “fucked good enough” and that’s why they think they don’t need a sexual partner.

As said, I try to ignore things like this. It’s hard sometimes, but luckily I know it better.

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What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?

If your perfect ideal of a relationship is like a good friendship: there is nothing wrong about that. You are not alive to be reduced to your sexual needs. And take your time to find your orientation, there is no deadline that says “now you have to choose your final one”.

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Finally, where can people find out more about your work?

I have two sites that I update regularly:

http://www.zirkusdolls.de/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/zirkussoldat/

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Thank you, Seiji, for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.

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