|Heidi has been creating dolls with her magical touch reflecting childrens 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 approach her own style and improve her skills she specialized on portrait dolls. Her love to children provides her with the gift of observation not only of the visible but also can she look into children's souls. Kids from the school and preschool right across Heidi´s house have inspired her to quite a number of dolls that collectors might treasure right now at their home. Ten years after the beginning of her life as a dollmaker Heidi visited the first Toy Fair in the US. It was quite an ordeal to find her way from the airport to her hotel without speaking
hardly any English.
Years later at another Toy Fair she meets Mrs. Zapf from ZAPF CREATION and a very good and long cooperation followed during wich Heidi created her own vinyl collection. The difficulty was not only to transfer the porcelain models into vinyl but especially making an artist doll in line production. Through this way of producing the dolls their
soul and personality often got lost what was literally painfull for Heidi. Her goal was to paint these dolls herself, put them together, pick their
wardrobe and give them back their magic. Small porcelain dolls
first came out in 2002 and were a great success.
Every year she spends two weeks in Indonesia with her longtime
friend and designer Rosemarie Ionker to design new dresses and
pick out the most beautiful fabrics to match Heidi's high expectations. She loves the contact to her collectors and visits a great number of retailers every year for signings.