Beautifully Life-like Collectable Baby Dolls
Pat Goodrick is a doll artist based in Cape Town, who creates highly collectable life-like baby dolls under her business name, Pat-a-Cake Babies. Also referred to as reborn dolls or life-like babies, Pat’s creations are well known throughout South Africa, as she is one of the top artists of this craft in her home country.
Pat discovered this appealing art form six years ago when they first took South Africa by storm. Having experience as an artist specialising in watercolours, she found the complex painting process of bringing these dolls “to life” no problem.
Pat mainly makes custom babies, each one unique, and invites clients to specify the size of the baby – which of course affects price. Each reborn baby doll is made of a soft durable vinyl that even has the feel of a real baby, and has the advantage of being non-breakable, unlike a porcelain doll.
Starting with a doll that is supplied in kit form, Pat spends up to 15 hours painting each one to show exquisitely fine detail, right down to tiny veins, natural skin blemishes, and perfectly formed new baby finger and toe nails. Each hair is individually rooted with top quality mohair that is fine and soft, just like the hair of a real newborn baby. The hair-rooting process can take more than 15 hours to complete.
Finally these collectable baby dolls are filled with soft, cuddly stuffing and weighted to create the feel of a real baby, including its floppy head.
Pat exhibits these exquisite baby dolls at all the well-known craft markets in the Cape Town area.
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