Karen Whitmore, a reborn doll artist in Valdosta, Georgia, creates custom lifelike baby dolls that look and feel like real babies using creative reborn doll artistry techniques.
Online PR News – 19-January-2010 – – Valdosta, Georgia – Reborn doll artist Karen Whitmore announces the release of several new custom dolls produced in her Valdosta, Georgia studio. For Whitmore, a Georgia doll artist specializing in creating custom reborn dolls for clients, a reborn doll is best described as a fake baby doll that is artistically brought to life by the creative talents of an experienced doll artist.
"A lot of people don't get what 'reborn doll' means, and it's really a term that can be used in different ways" says Whitmore, who has been designing and hand-crafting custom baby dolls for years. "The term came from the process of using a store-bought doll, removing all the mass-produced clothing and features, and customizing it to bring it new life and personality."
She says the term is now generally used to include dolls that are customized from a blank doll kit and which have never been sold as a finished doll.
"Using dolls as a medium for artistic expression really became popular after a the BBC did a show called 'My Fake Baby' in October 2008. Since then, many other shows have been done on the art form, and doll collectors everywhere have responded with a lot of interest."
Whitmore says that a lot of time and artistic talent goes into each custom baby doll, from individually rooted hair to hand tinted and painted skin features. Some people who buy a reborn doll even ask for it to be matched to baby pictures of a real baby. In some cases, it is a baby that has been lost and the parents wish to memorialize it, and in others, it is intended as a gift to the person whose likeness is being recreated.
Asked about prices, she says that prices vary widely from artist to artist, but that the cost of a reborn doll can be anywhere from $500 to $4000 or more.
"These are really a labor of love, as my clients can attest. I'm really passionate about painting and creating my reborn dolls, and I feel very blessed to be doing this for people."
Can a fake baby ever replace a live baby? Of course not, she says.
"A reborn doll is not intended to replace or substitute a real human life, but if I can bring a little joy to a collector's life with a realistic baby doll, that means a lot to me."
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