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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

NEWS - LIFELIKE DOLLS IMPRESS CROWDS

Lifelike dolls impress crowds

The Meeanee Hall was a sea of crafted colour last Saturday as the Hawke's Bay Handmade Craft Market was staged, and many large faces were intrigued by the very little faces of Napier woman Cherie Brown's remarkably lifelike little babies.

She has been creating them from imported vinyl and silicon components for about three years and, up until Saturday at the market, had been selling her life-like creations online.

The babies take about 60 hours to create - about 12 hours are spent on the hair alone.

They generally sell for about $350 to $450, and have proven popular with doll collectors, but also as soothing, therapeutic company for grieving mothers and even people battling Alzheimers.

All the stages of babyhood are created, from premature to toddlers, and Mrs Brown, who has a background as a mum and in the field of nannying, was planning to expand the global family with Asian and Pacific Island babies.

Her creations attracted a constant chorus of admiring "aaahs".

Also on display for the last market of the winter was everything from wood carvings, jewellery, paintings, herbal ointments, designer clothes and soaps - all made by enthusiastic Bay craftspeople.

The markets will resume on Saturday, September 24.

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