|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 por-
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 with-
out 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.