A busy summer with Nini / by Jonathan Hayes

Dear Nini Friends,

I hope this finds you well.

I'm busily working away on several Nini Dolls at the moment, allowing myself to think about one doll, the fabrics, the designs, the character,  as I work on another. 'The Acrobat's Assistant' has been a while in coming, but he is now moving along a-pace. "Seaside Breeze' is similarly arriving to near completion, and I am pleased with how their costumes and personalities are taking shape. A little further in the background, and soon to be coming to the fore is 'School's Out', a 1950's girl from the New York Bronx...

I'm also pleased to announce that I am planning a slightly smaller doll, that I look to make alongside my 20" Nini Dolls. As you may know, the original Nini was inspired by my niece and the first of my dolls was given to her as a Christmas present. My slightly smaller doll will be inspired by my nephew. As with Nini the head sculpt will be versatile enough to use for both boy and girl character dolls. The new doll will have the name 'Doudou', the name that my two year old nephew calls out to me. I have investigated the word 'doudou' which in French means a beloved soft toy, and also 'sweetheart' or 'darling'. The words fits beautifully.

I look forward to unveiling 'Doudou' in the coming months. They will play alongside Nini and be a whole new part of my doll making adventure.

With very best wishes,

Jonny