The naming of Nini Doll iv / by Jonathan Hayes

I am delighted to announce the name given to my new doll - Erin Rose. Her new owner was inspired by a beautiful poem by the Irish poet William Drennen, "When Erin First Rose".

I appreciate that many doll collectors enjoy naming their dolls, although I do privately give each one a pet name as I make them. In the case of Erin Rose I had coincidentally named her Rose after one of my grandmothers.

I am currently busying myself with the creation of Nini v, a boy with red hair. He is inspired by and in honour of a close friend and fellow doll collector who is sadly no longer with us. She loved red heads and encouraged me greatly with my doll making. I hope to complete him in the next few weeks.

Best wishes,