Hello, my name is Rosemary. I have been a professional reborn doll artist since 2003.
I am very proud to be featured in the February 2007 issue of Doll Crafter Magazine, regarding portrait babies... Also in the June 2007 issue of Doll Crafter Magazine, regarding IDEX Orlando 2007... Thank you Doll Crafter, for this opportunity and for bringing focus to the wonderful art form of "Reborn" babies.
Doll Crafter and Costuming Magazine had a reborn baby competition and I won under Professional Vinyl 3rd place.
I have been featured in the July 2007 Doll Reader Magazine regarding Wee Ones 16 Babies (Babies, Newborns, and All Things Small). Thank you Doll Reader for this opportunity.
My dolls have hand/micro rooted hair with Angora Kid goat mohair by me.. They have German glass blown eyes.. My babies are weighed with poly pellets, tiny glass beads and polly fill. Each doll is made with love and is difficult to part with. I've found such joy in making the dolls because it enables me to use my artistic skills, which I discovered later in life. I strive to create keepsakes that mommies will treasure forever even after their own breathtaking babies have left the nest.
My babies have painted creases, painted nails, naturally colored lips, realistically painted eyebrows, skin mottling, skin depth, blushing. They are painted in several layers to achieve the most realistic looking reborn possible.
Weighting: All of my babies are weighted with tiny round glass beads, and premium polyfill stuffing and poly pellets. The limbs are weighted with tiny glass beads, and topped off with polyfill. The bodies are also weighted with beads contained in a 4 layer nylon bag. They are weighted for even weight distribution.
Bodies: I only use top quality soft suede cloth bodies. Either German soft white flannel bodies, or durable flesh colored bodies. Most bodies are jointed, unless requested otherwise.
Hair: I am very picky about the hair I use, as it has to be the best. I only use soft, silky, non-frizzy hair on my babies. For sparse hair I use a 43 g German needle, and for thicker haired babies I use a 42 g German needle. I use only the best mohair I can find.
Eyes: The glass eyes I use are the German hand blown glass eyes.
After purchasing some reborns I decided to try to make my own. When I was finished with my first reborn baby I was amazed on how beautiful she turned out. I spent many weeks on my first baby who I named Maria I was hooked. I was so in love with the process that made her seem so real that I had to make another. So began my life as a Lifelike Reborn Doll Artist. I have been reborning for fourteen years now and it has become my love and passion. I started selling them on ebay and to local customers.
I have done many dolls shows which included IDEX, EXPO and ID&TS.
I have also placed babies in Alzheimer's centers where they have been used as doll therapy for the patients.