Do you work together on all aspects of the creative process, or do you each have distinct roles? First we choose the theme, then we develop the prototypes based on that. This part we always do together. We draw, brainstorm what is going to be made from what and then divide the tasks. One of us will make the wig and shoes, while the other sews the outfit and paints the doll. Photographing them is something we always do together, it’s a really fun part of the process.
What is the starting point for a new collection? Usually some general idea will be conjured up. For example, our next collection is inspired by birds. We have feathers which we were fortunate to obtain, sadly the bird was not so fortunate. We found a big pile of white feathers in the forest, scattered around, but there was no body. It took us hours to collect all the feathers from the grass! The theme always varies. For our static dolls collection, ‘Skin’, we were inspired by African art and animal skin patterns, while our ‘Royals’ collection included chess inspirations and royal motifs.
How important is the hair to the total image? The hairstyles are always of great importance. For us it’s not even a hairstyle in the traditional sense, it’s a vital part of the whole image. Hairstyles are always closely tied to the full concept – the costume and the overall image of the doll. For us it is like a single art object.