Hey, everyone! T.K. here to tell you about one woman's quest to recycle and make a statement about the world of children's playthings: Sonia Singh, of Tree Change Dolls.
Sonia, the Tasmanian mum of one, started her journey when she was laid off at her day job as a science communicator with the CSIRO, an Australian scientific think-tank. She grew up with four sisters and many second hand toys. Sonia would go to the local thrift stores, see dolls there and purchase them for the future use of her daughter (who was two at the time of her beginning). Noticing the heavy makeup on these dolls, she decided to do something a little different. Armed with acetone nail polish remover and acrylic paints, Sonia made-under the dollies. This was the result:
Sonia never set out to make a statement about toys, she was just trying a new hobby! But as the dolls went viral, she realized that by not making a statement, she was making a statement: That makeup and fantasy have their place, but sometimes little girls want to embrace their real world. Watch this video to see real little girl's reactions to the dolls:
Not only is Sonia making history with her dolls, her knitting wiz mom is helping! Sonia's mum makes all the hand knit, crochet, and sewn clothes for all the dolls, resulting in a unique look for each one.
Sonia does not keep her secrets to herself, in fact she encourages people to make over their own dolls. You can find DIY tips and tricks on her YouTube channel. I will warn you that doll repaint videos can be addictive!
Sonia's story has been covered in her national press and international press by such publications as Bored Panda and Time Magazine. You can also find stories about her on the website of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Aussie magazine DailyLife.
If you want to find information about Tree Change Dolls, you can stop by their Tumblr, Etsy (where you can find the patterns Sonia's mum has written for the dolls), Facebook, and their under construction main website. You can also check out Sonia's Instagram for more news and photos.
For my part, I was given a huge box of Bratz dolls for a personal project in my community. I puzzled over what to do with them, until I decided that these girls could have a makeover of their own. With a little time and practice, these dolls will be put to a good use, making another generation of little girls smile.
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