Thank you for your interest in my re-painted dolls project. I’ve been overwhelmed by the positive response to this art project. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions, which I have received to date:
1. Are you selling the dolls you’ve repainted?
A. Yes, I will be auctioning the dolls on ebay in a few weeks. Please subscribe or check back to find out the details.
2. Do you accept commissions? Will you make me another Malala doll?
A. All the dolls I make are one-of-a-kind and cannot be reproduced. I will be continuing to make other inspiring figure dolls, but I will not be making more than one of them at a time. I’m open to the idea of accepting a commission if a used Bratz doll is available and suitable for a refurbishment. Commissions are kind of hard to do, because the doll and the new subject need to share some common features (hair and skin tone).
3. How can I learn to do this?
A. There are many videos online that demonstrate step by step how to refurbish a doll, including some by Sonia Singh of Tree Change Dolls. Just google “how to repaint dolls”.
4. Why are you doing this craft, when you already had such an original idea (Child’s Own Studio)?
A. I really did enjoy making softies with children’s drawings; I did this for 8 years and inspired many others to take up the craft and start their own home-based businesses. However, I was starting to feel stifled and I wanted to try other crafts and projects; it’s good for my creativity to keep trying new things.
5. Does Sonia Singh and the Tree Change Dolls know that you are borrowing her idea?
A. It is important to credit Sonia Singh as the one who showed this idea to me. I’m sure she is aware that there are many people who have watched her How-To videos and have now set up shop and are selling repainted Bratz dolls on etsy. Sonia has stated: “Because they are hand-crafted the number of dolls I can make is limited to about 20 a month and they always sell so quickly. I like to encourage others to have a go at it themselves.” (Mercury, Sept. 9, 2015)
6. What’s happening with Child’s Own Studio?
A. Child’s Own Studio continues to be a directory service for independent softie makers around the world. If you go to: http://www.childsown.com, you’ll find links to talented artisans who will be happy to provide you with a quote and time estimate for a custom softie based on your own drawing.