Bonnie Brown

 Interview by

MacPherson Arts & Crafts


 1. Where are you from and where do you live now?
For the first 10 years of my life I lived in Nelson, New Zealand and now I live in Victoria, Australia.

2. Have you always been interested in dolls?

3. When did you first become interested in sculpting?
I have always loved sculpting!

4. How did you first encounter reborn dolls?
On eBay whilst looking for cabbage patch dolls there was a reborn doll that popped up in the search, I was amazed and hooked from that moment forward.

5. Have you sculpted dolls from the time you started sculpting, or did you start off with something else? I started sculpting babies fairly young, before my interest in sculpting babies I would sculpt anything really.

6. How long have you been sculpting?
I have been sculpting babies for almost 15 years.

7. What medium do you use to sculpt your babies with?
Polymer clay and on occasion monster clay.

8. What inspires & motivates you to sculpt?
My love and passion for babies.

9. Do you sculpt full time & do you have other hobbies?
I sculpt full time + I love photography and spending time with my pets.

10. Do you only sculpt for kit production or do you do custom ~ portrait orders too?
Mainly for kit production, on a rare occasion I can catch a little time to sculpt something for myself or for someone special.

11. When did your first kit come out and what was the baby's name?
Milla in 2006?

12. How many kits have you produced to date?

13. Do you have a list of names of all of your kits you have produced as we would love to have an archive directory for your sculpts?
Yes on my website

14. Which baby of yours has been your all time favorite and why?
My twins, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire process of sculpting them.

15. Do you plan to continue sculpting babies for kits?
Yes for now.

16. How do you feel about the reborn doll industry? What excites you and what upsets you?

I think it is brilliant and extremely diverse in every way, I love how it brings people together.
People who have made the choice to use my hard work to profit from and those who are using my art to take molds from, to sell or not, it is illegal.

17. How do you feel about the progression of the art of reborning over the past 10 years?
It is incredible! It is mind boggling how it continues to get better and better.

18. Do you think that this industry has a long term future or do you think its just a fad that will blow over?
As long as people love babies, this art will forever remain.

19. What are your plans and hopes for the future?
I want to have some real babies, that has been my life goal and it sure has some obstacles. As for my art, I want to do great things, things that I still feel in my heart, we will see.

20. Do you have something new in the works?
Always :)