I was born in Amsterdam to a Dutch father and an Australian mother. In 1985 I moved to Western Australia and in 1992 became involved with the Yallingup Steiner School in the state's South West. First starting as a Playgroup leader, later as Japanese language teacher and supplementary Arts/Crafts teacher, I have come full circle and am currently taking five Playgroup mornings a week.
I started making Waldorf- or Steiner dolls in 1992, after having learned the craft from Fran Rosenthal at the Perth Waldorf School in Bibra Lake. Over the years I have changed or added to some of the traditional designs to make them more sturdy for creative play, and have always enjoyed the process of designing new types of dolls and soft toys. Since 1994 I also give regular dollmaking- and rainbow dyeing workshops. See under Enquiries if you are interested in these.
A waldorf dollmaker breathes life into each creation by slowly and lovingly sewing a body for its spirit to come into. These dolls are not just stitched together; they are 'born'. Something of the maker's own self goes into each individual doll; therefore it would be ideal for parents to make all their own children's dolls and toys. The next best thing is to have a doll custom-made for a particular child, and for the dollmaker to endow that doll as much as possible with the personality and colouring of the child.
Seeing that the doll is the child's 'alter ego', through which he or she can express his/her deepest feelings, they are not only for girls, but for boys too! I have made many dolls for little boys whose mothers tell me, years later, that their son still plays with that doll and that it is his favourite toy.
These toys have a timeless quality which appeals to children and adults alike; many grown-ups buy a doll as a present for someone, only to keep it themselves because they couldn't bear to part with it! In the dollmaking workshops I have held there have been as many people who made a doll for themselves as for their children. There is something very healing in creating an image of a human being yourself.
I love making these dolls and toys, and hope you will love and cherish them too.... Victoria
How to order:
By phone: Victoria 08- 9755 3754
Please have order codes at hand, and the size and colours required; I can help you make your choice.
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact me with your requirements; I aim to reply within 24 hours. Please quote order codes.
By post: Victoria Robertson
130 Yungarra Drive
Western Australia 6281
How to pay:
Please note that prices given are in Australian dollars and don't include postage. I will notify you of the total after you have placed your order.
You may use the following payment methods:
please make these payable to 'Victoria Robertson' and send to the address above.
Via direct deposit:
please deposit payments into this account:
National Australia Bank
BSB no. 086- 565
Acc. no. 45-387-4325
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