MOST little girls grow out of their fascination with dolls, but for Chris Boston, her passion for them has continued to grow.
The talented woman made the decision in 1987 to use her craft skills and love for all things dolls to sculpt and create unique works of art.
Her dolls and creatures have been showcased across Australia, the US and Germany and have made people of all ages fall back in love with this childhood comfort.
Boston said the bond that formed between her and each doll after spending many hours creating them was hard to break, but knowing they were going to good homes made it easier.
She said the process to create her dolls was complex and time- consuming but worth every minute.
Boston chooses either pure mohair or Lincoln wool for the dolls' hair and her carefully constructed wire armature skeletons allow all owners to pose their dolls if required.
Heads, hands and feet are sculpted from Australian-made polymer clay, with each hand displaying Boston's distinctive trademark of a thumb and three fingers rather than four, "to distinguish the Notsoblings from humans".
Boston said making dolls was more than just a creative outlet.
It was a way to voice her feelings about the world, and environmental issues in particular.
Her display, titled Where Have All The Mermaids Gone?, was created to draw attention to negligence associated with the worst practices of commercial fishing.
"I am very proud the doll became a part of a marine educational display in Darwin," she said.
Another doll with a message was an elderly man holding a child and a sign saying "Save our homes - Emu Swamp, Peregian".
The area was preserved following protests by locals.
As a result, several seriously threatened species such as the Wallum Rocket frog and the rarely seen Ground Parrot have been given a better chance of survival.
"I like when fantasy crosses over to science, environment and real stories," she said.
"I hope the messages behind the dolls teach people to think twice."
Boston said she would love to branch out to window display designing and conduct more doll-making workshops.
Last year, she held a hugely successful retreat at Buderim where 12 women came together for a weekend to learn about doll making.
"Each person left with their very own fairy - it was marvellous," she said.
"It is such a great creative outlet and a lot of fun."
To find out more information or to place an order visit www.chrisboston.com.au.
Alternatively send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0439 660948.
DOLLS ON OFFER
- Bliss in a Basket $250
- Sea Sprite $275
- Patti Mint $850 (90cm high)
- Sherbet Fizz $500 (52cm high)
- Rosie $350 (22cm high)
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