It's true, my dolls are bought as much by adults for themselves as they are for children
and it has always been this way.
A doll fulfills many needs and touching the soul of the child within us is one of the most important
regardless of our age.
When I used to take my dolls to markets to sell I loved watching the faces of the people who came past. You could see it as soon as it happened, mostly with women but occasionally with men too, a gentleness, a warmth, a slow soul touching smile would appear on their faces.
My dolls dressed in the fabrics of childhood, sturdy cottons, soft corduroy, neat ginghams and hand knitted woollies, transported them to that place where they felt the eternal sunshine of childhood when summer days were long, winter days were cosy, most things felt better with a cuddle from mum and dad always knew how to fix everything, Granny loved them no matter what and having your favourite meal cooked for dinner made even the dreariest day a celebration.
Not everyone has memories of a sunshine childhood I know and for some a doll is a way of making a new childhood, the one they wished they had, feeding and nurturing the child who somehow wasn't acknowledged or treasured.
|dolls by Mariengold, FR dolls, Fairywool dolls, Ineke Grey and|
I collect dolls, I love them.
I don't have thousands but each of the dolls I have has spoken to me in a way that makes me happy or makes me want to protect them.
I had that sunshine childhood and I have that golden start within me to share, through my work as a dollmaker, through the mothering of my children,
by sharing my love of childhood memories, books, toys and games.
It makes me so happy that people of all ages love my work and the work of my colleagues.
I am happy that I was lead to make functional dolls, dolls who can be played with, have their clothes changed and their hair styled,
dolls that are made from natural materials that over time show the love they have been given.
Looking through Pinterest at the Waldorf style dolls, the natural dolls, the rag dolls fills me with wonder at the time, energy and love that goes into this work
and the appreciation of lovers of this style of doll,
a fan base that has grown amazingly in recent years,
is just such a wonderful thing,
it makes me love being a dollmaker even more.