When did you first start sewing actively?
I sewed a lot when my daughter Nadja was born, in the early 1980s. She only wore handmade clothes and I enjoyed every minute of making them. That’s when I discovered I like recycling textiles – I loved gathering nice clothes and rags and reusing them. I still do.
How did you develop your dollmaking craft then?
The first doll I made was, again, for my daughter. When it was done, everybody was delighted, and I thought "I could really do this!" That’s how it started. Afterwards came holiday decorations, patchwork quilts – and today I have a proven method to sculpt a doll’s head and sew removable clothes, it is the best it can be.
What inspires your doll designs?
When I was little, the first picture book my mother gave me was about squirrels, dressed squirrels living in “real” apartments in a tree. The first doll I ever got had a red polka dot dress – something I adore recreating. I am also inspired by Beatrix Potter, Watership Down and by children’s literature in general.
What do you love most about your profession?
What I love most, is when a real customer comes along. Someone who truly enjoys it. And when they call me later to say someone is happy because of my doll. I also love the thought that an object I made will go somewhere and have a life of its own. My dolls are now spread all across the planet.