Introducing 'After the Ballet' (Doll 2) / by Jonathan Hayes

Dear Nini Friends,

I hope you are all well and enjoying the joys of spring - if you’re in the northern hemisphere that is!

I’ve been working away in much of my spare time on my latest two girls, sisters, named “After the Ballet” - Dolls I and II. I’m delighted to announce that I have completed one of them, the slightly older of the two girls, with her sister being not too far off completion. They are being offered for ‘adoption’ separately.

After the Ballet - Doll II is a confident girl who knows her own mind and looks after her younger sister. She is bold and vibrant and this is reflected in her clothing. Her blazing orange faux fur coat and her spotted shirt are both created from fabrics that I have had for some time, fabrics that I’ve been itching to use. I am pleased to have found just the right doll and personality for them. Teamed with strong blacks and other orange tones, they have been able to create a bold and luxurious outfit.

The two girls are inspired by some very well dressed children I saw leaving a matinee ballet performance at the Royal Opera House last year. They also recall my cousins as children and the relationships between siblings, their differing personalities. They call to mind the stories of Snow White and Rose Red, sisters with contrasting personalities, but also very much girls cast from the same mould.

Please feel free to contact me with any enquiries at I am very happy to offer lay-away and always interested to hear of any possible commissions, I am as always looking at the evolution and development of my doll making and my future plans. I strive to make doll making the heart of my working life and thank you all who show so much interest in my creativity,

With next wishes,

Jonny X