These dolls have been rescued and rehabilitated from op-shops and tip shops around Tasmania. These lil fashion dolls have opted for a “tree change”, swapping high-maintenance glitz ‘n’ glamour for down-to-earth style. I hand repaint the dolls faces, mold new shoes, and my Mum sews and knits their clothing,” Sonia.

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My sisters and I grew up playing with second-hand dolls and home-made toys in the beautiful Tasmanian natural environment. I love the satisfaction of repairing and reusing discarded items to give them a new lease on life.

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Before and After

Day spa

If all goes well these little dolls will be ready to move out in March. I hope they are enjoying the day spa before their make under!” Sonia.

These lil dolls (salvaged from the Recovery Shop in Glenorchy) will get a good wash, new feet, new faces and homemade clothes. Then they’ll be ready for a new home! They may still have some scars from their previous lives (look at those chewed legs) but at least they won’t become landfill,” Sonia.

Sonia’s mum sews and knits their clothing

The whole gang in the garden

Sonia, the artist behind the dolls

The ‘making of’ video: