Heidi has been creating dolls with her magical touch reflecting children’s souls since 1980. She made her first doll out of cernit for her daughter Katja who was then 10 years old. One year later she found herself making her first porcelain dolls.
To develop her own style and improve her skills she specialized on portrait dolls. Her love for children provides her with the gift of observation not only of the physical child but also the soul of the child. Children from the school and preschool right across the street from Heidi´s house have inspired her to create some of the many dolls that collectors of her work treasure. Ten years after the beginning of her life as a dollmaker Heidi visited the first Toy Fair in the United States. It was quite an ordeal for her to just find her way from the airport to her hotel since she spoke little English at that time.
Years later at another Toy Fair she met Mrs. Zapf from ZAPF CREATION. They developed a close working relationship and through this Heidi was able to create her own vinyl collection. The challenge for Heidi was how to translate the porcelain models into vinyl and how to take her artist dolls and then produce them to be manufactured. During the production process the doll’s soul and personality often got lost and this was literally painful for Heidi. Her goal was to paint these dolls herself, put them together, pick their wardrobe and give them back their magic. As a result she brought out a line of small porcelain dolls in 2002. These dolls were a great success and were quickly sought after by collectors.
Every year Heidi spends two weeks in Indonesia with her longtime friend and designer Rosemarie Ionker. Together they design new dresses and pick out the most beautiful fabrics in keeping with Heidi’s high standards. She loves being in contact with her collectors and visits a great number of retailers every year for signings of her dolls.
The theme for Heidi’s event in New Orleans is “A Touch of Spice” and will focus on Heidi’s connection to and affection for Indonesia. The Spice Islands are part of Indonesia. Heidi will be producing a child of that nation, something near and dear to her heart.
What’s Cookin’? Convention 2012 Artist Spotlight
“Jambalaya Jubilee” may be months away but our event artists are already hard at work. Each month UFDC is pleased to introduce you to the artists whose work will be showcased at the meal events planned for New Orleans.