I create dolls and I love them.
How did I start making Dolls?
After not working in a creative environment for any time of my adult career, I had the need to revisit my childhood. I wanted to create and play with dolls just like the ones which my mother would make for us as children.
I started to create my first doll over six years ago, and it’s been a rewarding journey ever since. I had to learn to embroider, construct molds, sew, choose colours, and make wool wigs and clothing.
I think now a day’s, we lose a lot of the magic of dreaming and building something with our hands, from a cake to a house, to a doll. Everything comes ready, made in large productions, with questionable materials and craftsmanship, and without love.
My dolls are made from natural and organic materials, with love and patience, for someone with a caring heart. Incredible how just a few pieces of wool, can transform into something so adorable.
Apart from creating dolls, I give workshops in which I teach how to create Waldorf-inspired dolls and have online lessons.
Franz Kafka, the story goes, encountered a little girl in the park where he went walking daily. She was crying. She had lost her doll and was desolate.Kafka offered to help her look for the doll and arranged to meet her the next day at the same spot. Unable to find the doll he composed a letter from the doll and read it to her when they met. “Please do not mourn me, I have gone on a trip to see the world. I will write you of my adventures.” This was the beginning of many letters. When he and the little girl met he read her from these carefully composed letters the imagined adventures of the beloved doll. The little girl was comforted.When the meetings came to an end Kafka presented her with a doll. She obviously looked different from the original doll. An attached letter explained: “my travels have changed me… “Many years later, the now grown girl found a letter stuffed into an unnoticed crevice in the cherished replacement doll. In summary it said: “every thing that you love, you will eventually lose, but in the end, love will return in a different form.”