The Maker Series: Little Miss Viv Dolls
What first drew me to these wonderful handmade dolls, was their hair. I was so fascinated by how those long beautiful ponytails were made. I thought they were so clever and I had to know more! I asked Meg, the creator and maker of the Little Miss Viv Dolls if she would answer our get-to-know-you questions and she kindly said yes. Read all about her journey here.
1. Tell us a little bit about you, your family and where you live?
My earliest memory of sewing, growing up in Brisbane, was in Year 8. I often tried to make things that I couldn’t afford to buy with my pocket money, which was nothing back in those days. I have never been formally trained or educated but fortunately for me it seems to be a natural ability. As long as I can construct a pattern in my head, and make sense of how it can be created, then usually I can create it.
I only started making dolls when my daughter was born in 2014.
2. Tell us more about the creation of your business?
I am Visual Merchandiser by trade and along with that job comes a small obsession with interior design, so when Abbey was born I wanted to create a wonderful little girl’s (or Mummy’s) paradise. I tried to stay away from pink and most things girly but was slowly drawn to it discovering all the beautiful handmade local kids interior products available in Australia. That’s how I discovered Instagram, yes I’m a late beginner!
Dolls are a huge part of my interest in interior design, a must-have accessory for any girls room. Unfortunately, my daughter Abbey is still in that destruction stage but I have managed to dot a few dolls around her room.
3. What inspired you to focus on handmade and heirloom dolls?
4. We absolutely love your dolls, where do you get the inspiration from during the design process?
Inspiration comes from the fabrics I have gathered over the years. Sometimes the colours or prints of these fabrics tell me what type of doll would belong with the each piece.
I started my business to share the pretty and to have a creative outlet, I can only hope people will embrace my dolls, and get just as much happiness out of them, as it gives me to create them!
5. What is your favourite doll to make and why?