Frankie “Tazer” Harris, award-winning Kaitangata artist, said his “gothic” art Facebook page was recently shut down for unknown reasons.
Although his other social media pages, including his “cool” art and digital art, remained up, he could no longer sell his self-proclaimed “creepy” dolls through the platform.
Despite the setback, the former cleaning contractor was determined to pursue his dream of one day seeing his macabre creations on screen.
“It all started with a doll someone gave me for a little fun, then I started experimenting, in the classic number eight thread tradition, and uploaded the result. L interest had started to snowball until last week when the page was suddenly taken down without warning, which is quite irritating.
“I’ve been making them since Christmas and using online feedback to make improvements.”
In June, her work received three awards in the Golden Time Talent online art competition.
Mr Harris, who graduated with an art degree 13 years ago, said he has received largely positive feedback for his creations from around the world, including domestic filmmakers.
He loved experimenting with new techniques and had created his own “crack effect” for the dolls’ skin.
“One or two people said ‘what the hell is that?’
“But most people are really committed to what I do.
“They have been compared to some [film directors] The models of Tim Burton or Peter Jackson, like Bad tasteand that’s certainly where I’m aiming.
“I can understand that they’re not to everyone’s taste, but it’s just bad taste for you. It’s a mix of horror and humor that I try to capture.”
Mr Harris was forced to turn down an offer to work on a short film in Auckland earlier this year, due to the cost of travel, exacerbated by ill health.
“Unfortunately, I cannot have a regular job because I have [rare blood cancer] essential thrombocytosis.
“Art is a great outlet and helped raise some pocket money.”
He estimated that he had sold about 30 pieces, ranging in price from $30 to $200.
A call to Facebook had come to nothing, and he would now “look elsewhere”, he said.
“There’s definitely a market for them, whether in film as props or for those who like the macabre.
“I’m not giving up. I’ll run out of space before I run out of ideas.”