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A Moving Promotion Machine

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Nikki Thompson has always been interested in the arts. She has explored many media: watercolour painting, poetry, drawing and various crafts, but somehow never found anything completely fulfilling. Now, however, as a 30 year-old mother of four daughters, Nikki has finally found an outlet for her creativity that really makes her happy. ‘Reborn’ dolls, or reborn babies, are play dolls that have undergone what might be termed extreme makeover, changing them from mass produced toys into unique, staggeringly lifelike, collectible dolls. Since 2007, Nikki has become a reborn baby artist, creating dolls so realistic that some purchasers regard them as substitutes for real babies. “I never really found anything that made me truly happy until I found reborning. I can’t think of anything more amazing than creating these beautiful babies to make others happy. All my babies are made with 100% of my love and I don’t allow any of them to go to their new homes until I feel totally satisfied with the end result.” Nikki is grateful to the lady who first introduced her to the concept of reborn babies. “The biggest turning point in my reborning journey was meeting a lovely woman, Arzu Dixon. Together we have swapped ideas, inspiration, supplies and friendship. Since we met in August 2007, I feel I have come a million miles. Arzu introduced me to Simply Reborn [a website providing training and supplies to reborn artists] and since then I haven’t looked back. I now have a rewarding full time career that I love and enjoy.” Nikki has worked hard to make her venture successful. She is receptive to all avenues of promotion, and has created her own website. She has also bought magnetic signs for her car. A good quality personal registration seemed like the perfect way to add a finishing touch. “Finding my number plate, R33 ORN, along with my new car magnets, has made me feel a lot more professional. I feel my car is now a moving promotion machine. “I would definitely recommend using Amazingly fast delivery and great customer service. Definitely the friendliest group I have dealt with, so if anyone is thinking of getting a personal plate, I say they should go for it!” The results of the reborning process really have to be seen to be believed. Reborning may include some, if not all, of the following – and often more. Factory applied paint is removed and techniques applied to improve the realism of skin tones. Hair and lashes, usually human or mohair, are inserted laboriously by hand. The plastic body is often replaced with a soft body whose filling and weight approximate the feel of a real child’s body. The reborn doll is painted with special, durable paints that provide realistic features and pigmentation. Reborning, and the customers who buy reborn dolls, were the subject of a Channel 4 documentary entitled My Fake Baby. The programme, which aired in January 2008 met with mixed reactions. Some people found the dolls endearing and very appealing, while others didn’t see the point and even considered the concept somewhat odd. With her husband, Shaun, and their girls behind her, Nikki is in no doubt about how she personally feels. “There have been many differing opinions about this art form recently, and I have even lost friends – although, I have to say, I have made far more new ones. But, at the end of the day, I am so happy to have discovered reborning. It has become a big part of my life now and I feel I can bring so much joy to so many different people through this art. Having the love, support and encouragement of my family and friends means more to me than anything.”

Len Stout

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