Nelson's Incredible Doll Collection - Judith's Dolls.

Like many little girls, as a child I loved dolls. I would spend hours playing with my dolls and get very excited when I saw a new doll advert on the TV. Whenever I saw these adverts I would add the new "Cabbage Patch Kid" or "My Child" to my long Birthday list of "I wants" which my parents would be bombarded with. Unfortunately my daughter does not share my childhood passion and has about as much interest in dolls as a I do in sports, which is none. But somebody who does have a huge passion for dolls, one which has continued her entire life is Judith Hutchings. 

Judith amongst her collection over over 2000 dolls, holding a Kidz n Cats doll.

Judith amongst her collection over over 2000 dolls, holding a Kidz n Cats doll.

Article in Waimea Weekly Wednesday 19th February 2014

You can never be too old to play with dolls, at least that much is true for local woman Judith Hutchings. With more than 2000 dolls in her collection, her home is every girls dream and is a hidden treasure within the Wakefield community. Her fascination first began when she was just 13 years old. Judith would write to her pen friends from all over the world and in exchange would receive national costume dolls, from as far afield as Scotland, Germany, Austria, Malaysia, and India. Since then she has accumulated a huge ranged of dolls from small, to tall, old and new. The oldest and one of the most precious of dolls within the collection is one that is more than 100 years old. She says that someone almost threw it out before it was saved and given to her as a young lady. "It is made of porcelain and leather, and filled with sawdust."

With an extensive collection of NZ and English Pedigree dolls, Gotz dolls which are no longer stocked in NZ, a $500 doll, not to mention the huge selection of Barbies, Cabbage Patch dolls, and Bratz. A few years ago the dolls were given their very on house. At 30sqm the custom built home for Judith's doll collection is a breathtaking sight. Wall to wall, ceiling to floor, each doll is proudly displayed. Dolls are also displayed in cabinets her father built especially for her national dolls when Judith turned 21. "I used to keep them in one of the spare rooms, but the collection just grew and grew." Since taking her collection seriously around 16yrs ago, Judith has discovered many must have dolls at garage sales, online, through Trademe and through people she knows. While some are rare collectors items, others are more common yet just as special. Judith is also in hot demand for her dolls clothes making skills as she freqeently gets request from all over to create something special for other people dolls. Originally she began the clothes making as something to keep her busy in her retirement. But that has flourished into a very busy hobby. "Something that I have found a lot of people request is to recreate the outfit for their childhood doll, the one the dolls used to wear when they first had it."
Judith says she cant see herself ever stopping collecting and admits that she's always looking. "Ive always loved dolls and I just started collecting them. I collect stamps, coins, but I just got into this a bit more."
As for her husband Ian, if you are wondering what he makes of the 2000 strong collection of dolls complete with their own home, he says he simply "turns a blind eye" 

Judith has a purpose built dolls room on her property in Wakefield, Nelson. The room is protected from the sun to prevent fading and is home to over 2000 dolls. 

Judith has a purpose built dolls room on her property in Wakefield, Nelson. The room is protected from the sun to prevent fading and is home to over 2000 dolls. 

Judith's doll collection is doll lovers dream. 

Judith's doll collection is doll lovers dream. 

When I met Judith and visited her amazing doll collection, I just knew I had to find a model who I could turn into a real life doll and photograph. After putting out a model call I found Maddy, who was very excited to be made over with the help of  Angela McGuire  (makeup)   Ema Soole  (hair) and Tina Bishop of  Just Costumes  (costume). 

When I met Judith and visited her amazing doll collection, I just knew I had to find a model who I could turn into a real life doll and photograph. After putting out a model call I found Maddy, who was very excited to be made over with the help of Angela McGuire (makeup)  Ema Soole (hair) and Tina Bishop of Just Costumes (costume). 

Model, Maddy's dress is from  Just Costumes , Makeup by  Angela McGuire  and Hair by  Ema Soole    Five porcelain dolls. The burgundy doll at the back with the hat on was given to Judith by her mothers tennis friend Mrs Hunter, who only had one son and was going to through the doll out. It is a Japanese doll by Nippon with a leather body and full of sawdust. Judith brought the outfit at the 1999 Brisbane winter wonderland doll show.  The next doll in the front wearing the cream hat is a doll given to Judith by her older cousin. The doll belonged to her cousins mother and was made in 1912. It measures 13 inches and is a  Wiefel and Coy Germany brand, it has a leather body with porcelain face and arms from the elbow.   The third doll of significance is a Bye Loe Baby on the left at the front wearing cream. 

Model, Maddy's dress is from Just Costumes, Makeup by Angela McGuire and Hair by Ema Soole

Five porcelain dolls.
The burgundy doll at the back with the hat on was given to Judith by her mothers tennis friend Mrs Hunter, who only had one son and was going to through the doll out. It is a Japanese doll by Nippon with a leather body and full of sawdust. Judith brought the outfit at the 1999 Brisbane winter wonderland doll show. 
The next doll in the front wearing the cream hat is a doll given to Judith by her older cousin. The doll belonged to her cousins mother and was made in 1912. It measures 13 inches and is a  Wiefel and Coy Germany brand, it has a leather body with porcelain face and arms from the elbow.  
The third doll of significance is a Bye Loe Baby on the left at the front wearing cream. 

Our beautiful real life doll Maddy, with makeup by:  Angela McGuire  and hair by:  Ema Soole , wearing dress from  Just Costumes . The baby is actually a reborn doll called Lucy purchased in the Hunter Valley on Mothers day 11th May 2013. Lucy was made by reborn artist Wendy Potts of  Wingles Angels Nursery . She is filled with fine glass beads and poly fibre filling making her cuddly with that oh-so-real floppy head like a newborn baby. It takes from 50-150hrs to complete each baby. The hair is mohair, which has been hand rooted individually including the eye lashes. 

Our beautiful real life doll Maddy, with makeup by: Angela McGuire and hair by: Ema Soole, wearing dress from Just Costumes.
The baby is actually a reborn doll called Lucy purchased in the Hunter Valley on Mothers day 11th May 2013. Lucy was made by reborn artist Wendy Potts of Wingles Angels Nursery. She is filled with fine glass beads and poly fibre filling making her cuddly with that oh-so-real floppy head like a newborn baby. It takes from 50-150hrs to complete each baby. The hair is mohair, which has been hand rooted individually including the eye lashes. 

Maddy holds an  Ashton Drake  dolled called, Little Grace. She was purchased in 2016, and fits newborn clothes. 

Maddy holds an Ashton Drake dolled called, Little Grace. She was purchased in 2016, and fits newborn clothes. 

This little porcelain doll measuring 3.5" wearing a fine crocheted christening gown was purchased at the Brisbane doll show W  inter W  onderland in 1999. The very fine outfit was given to Judith a year ago, it fits the previously naked doll perfectly. 

This little porcelain doll measuring 3.5" wearing a fine crocheted christening gown was purchased at the Brisbane doll show Winter Wonderland in 1999. The very fine outfit was given to Judith a year ago, it fits the previously naked doll perfectly. 

Maddy dressed as Raggedy Ann holding a boxed Raggedy Ann & Andy set. The dress Maddy wears is from  Just Costumes . Over 101 years ago, cartoonist, illustrator and storyteller Johnny Gruelle gave his daughter, Marcella a gift - a long forgotten rag doll that had been stored away for years in an attic. Johnny drew a new face on the rag doll and named her Raggedy Ann.  Perpetually smiling and always ready to be hugged, Raggedy Anne quickly became Marcellas's constant playmate. They shared countless adventures and quiet moments together. Johnny was amazed at the effect Raggedy Anne had on Marcella and was sure that she would appeal to other children. Johnny sent a hand-drawn illustration of Raggedy Ann to the US patent office and was awarded well. In 1915 a phenomenon was officially born, today Raggedy Ann and her brother Raggedy Andy are timeless classic characters that continue to spread Johnny's value of generosity, compassion and love to generations of girls and boys around the world. This set is to celebrate 100yrs and was released by Australia post in 2015, Judith's daughter purchased it as a gift for her mother. 

Maddy dressed as Raggedy Ann holding a boxed Raggedy Ann & Andy set.
The dress Maddy wears is from Just Costumes.
Over 101 years ago, cartoonist, illustrator and storyteller Johnny Gruelle gave his daughter, Marcella a gift - a long forgotten rag doll that had been stored away for years in an attic. Johnny drew a new face on the rag doll and named her Raggedy Ann. 
Perpetually smiling and always ready to be hugged, Raggedy Anne quickly became Marcellas's constant playmate. They shared countless adventures and quiet moments together. Johnny was amazed at the effect Raggedy Anne had on Marcella and was sure that she would appeal to other children. Johnny sent a hand-drawn illustration of Raggedy Ann to the US patent office and was awarded well. In 1915 a phenomenon was officially born, today Raggedy Ann and her brother Raggedy Andy are timeless classic characters that continue to spread Johnny's value of generosity, compassion and love to generations of girls and boys around the world. This set is to celebrate 100yrs and was released by Australia post in 2015, Judith's daughter purchased it as a gift for her mother. 

Maddy holding a  Bratz  doll

Maddy holding a Bratz doll

Maddy with older folk dolls from the USA

Maddy with older folk dolls from the USA

Corolle Doll. Angelique Bride Doll 1992, 508 Limited Edition signed by Catherine Reflabat. This doll has lovely brown real human hair and is beautifully detailed with a train that is approximately 4 feet long. 

Corolle Doll.
Angelique Bride Doll 1992, 508 Limited Edition signed by Catherine Reflabat. This doll has lovely brown real human hair and is beautifully detailed with a train that is approximately 4 feet long. 

Reproduction dolls.  The doll on left a Simon and Halbig with K R (stands for Kammer and Reinhardt) which took over S&H in 1920 and was given to Judith by her mother in law. She is lovingly dressed in pink and has a sweet face. The doll on right in floral was made in 1986.

Reproduction dolls. 
The doll on left a Simon and Halbig with K R (stands for Kammer and Reinhardt) which took over S&H in 1920 and was given to Judith by her mother in law. She is lovingly dressed in pink and has a sweet face. The doll on right in floral was made in 1986.

Porcelain doll made by Judith in 1992 called "My Princess" it is a mould by Joyce Wolfe filled with glass beads so it can be moulded into your body. 

Porcelain doll made by Judith in 1992 called "My Princess" it is a mould by Joyce Wolfe filled with glass beads so it can be moulded into your body. 

Elizabeth purchased from Trade Me March in 2011. She is a Pedigree Elizabeth the Dressmaker doll. She came together with four patterns containing full instruction for making a complete wardrobe of designer clothes fit for a queen. Elizabeth was introduced in June 1953 to celebrate the coronation and was every little girls dream doll. She was produced by Lines Bros LTD Merton, South West London by a factory under the name Pedigree Dolls & Toy and advertised through woman's magazines. The doll has a beautiful English rose face with hard plastic moulded cellulose acetate, the current doll making medium during the time. She had a glued on brushable soft saran nylon wig in dark blond, blue sleeping flirting eyes with lashes, five moving joints and a true teenage figure. She was just the right size of 19 inches. 

Elizabeth purchased from Trade Me March in 2011. She is a Pedigree Elizabeth the Dressmaker doll. She came together with four patterns containing full instruction for making a complete wardrobe of designer clothes fit for a queen. Elizabeth was introduced in June 1953 to celebrate the coronation and was every little girls dream doll. She was produced by Lines Bros LTD Merton, South West London by a factory under the name Pedigree Dolls & Toy and advertised through woman's magazines. The doll has a beautiful English rose face with hard plastic moulded cellulose acetate, the current doll making medium during the time. She had a glued on brushable soft saran nylon wig in dark blond, blue sleeping flirting eyes with lashes, five moving joints and a true teenage figure. She was just the right size of 19 inches. 

Pedigree dolls in three sizes, made in New Zealand. 

Pedigree dolls in three sizes, made in New Zealand. 

A photograph of a young Judith with her "Walkie Talkie" doll wearing her bride outfit, taken at the Selwyn Huts in the 1960s. 

A photograph of a young Judith with her "Walkie Talkie" doll wearing her bride outfit, taken at the Selwyn Huts in the 1960s. 

English pedigree doll 16" with open mouth and teeth. In original wig with plaits. Purchased on Trade Me in April 2010.

English pedigree doll 16" with open mouth and teeth. In original wig with plaits. Purchased on Trade Me in April 2010.

English pedigree doll "Walkie Talkie" with bent legs, still in box with instructions. Purchased in January 2013 from a Nelson Antique Shop. The doll was manufactured in England by International Model Aircraft LTD Merton London S.W.19.  The doll is fitted with a detachable mama voice, which you can replace in the event of a failure. A replacement may be obtained from your local stockist.  

English pedigree doll "Walkie Talkie" with bent legs, still in box with instructions. Purchased in January 2013 from a Nelson Antique Shop. The doll was manufactured in England by International Model Aircraft LTD Merton London S.W.19. The doll is fitted with a detachable mama voice, which you can replace in the event of a failure. A replacement may be obtained from your local stockist. 

Pedigree dolls made in New Zealand in two sizes. One on right is made in Australia and South Africa. Pedigree dolls were very popular in Australia during the late 1940's and 1950s. They came in many sizes and styles. They were manufactured by Pedigree Soft Toys LTD of the United Kingdom, which had factories in New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. Pedigrees Sindy doll was the great success of the 1960's toy industry, cleverly catching the mood of the new teenage culture. Sindy first made in 1962 by the Pedigree company is the best selling 'teenage' fashion doll ever produced in Great Britain. Pedigree in financial difficulties, sold the Sindy licence to toy giant Hasbro in 1986. Sindy's popularity with modern children has now been eclipsed Barbie. 

Pedigree dolls made in New Zealand in two sizes. One on right is made in Australia and South Africa. Pedigree dolls were very popular in Australia during the late 1940's and 1950s. They came in many sizes and styles. They were manufactured by Pedigree Soft Toys LTD of the United Kingdom, which had factories in New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. Pedigrees Sindy doll was the great success of the 1960's toy industry, cleverly catching the mood of the new teenage culture. Sindy first made in 1962 by the Pedigree company is the best selling 'teenage' fashion doll ever produced in Great Britain. Pedigree in financial difficulties, sold the Sindy licence to toy giant Hasbro in 1986. Sindy's popularity with modern children has now been eclipsed Barbie. 

Childhood Pedigree with bent legs. It has painted brown hair, Judith made her do a headstand as a child and broke the dolls head in two, she had to go to the dolls hospital!

Childhood Pedigree with bent legs. It has painted brown hair, Judith made her do a headstand as a child and broke the dolls head in two, she had to go to the dolls hospital!

Judith's "Walkie Talkie" doll from the 1960's, she is still in her original frock with straw hat, shoes and socks. Orginal wig was brown hair in plaits, which has been replaced twice. 

Judith's "Walkie Talkie" doll from the 1960's, she is still in her original frock with straw hat, shoes and socks. Orginal wig was brown hair in plaits, which has been replaced twice. 

Tiffany by  Jan McLean  2002. Limited edition 34 standing 22" tall. She is a vinyl collectors doll with on 3500 worldwide. "Tiffany brings out the parent in me" says Judith who loves her soft lavender dress with layers of sequinned and flower trimmed tulle wearing delightful lavender shoes. Her little fluffy sweater is also trimmed with sequins and she has velvet flower's in her blonde mohair curls with a cute little innocent face. She has a lovely crystal necklace with gorgeous piercing violet eyes, you just cant take your eyes off her. 

Tiffany by Jan McLean 2002. Limited edition 34 standing 22" tall. She is a vinyl collectors doll with on 3500 worldwide. "Tiffany brings out the parent in me" says Judith who loves her soft lavender dress with layers of sequinned and flower trimmed tulle wearing delightful lavender shoes. Her little fluffy sweater is also trimmed with sequins and she has velvet flower's in her blonde mohair curls with a cute little innocent face. She has a lovely crystal necklace with gorgeous piercing violet eyes, you just cant take your eyes off her. 

Tiffany by  Jan McLean

Tiffany by Jan McLean

While in a craft sale on her road in Christchurch, Judith saw this doll and remarked how much she liked it. At the time she was a member of the Christchurch Doll Club (1989-2002) and decided that the doll should became the mascot for the club. In appreciation of the large amounts of orders for the doll following it becoming the Christchurch Doll Club mascot, the doll maker gave Judith this doll as a gift. She has "To Judy from Wilma Aug 1999" inscribed on the back of her head. 

While in a craft sale on her road in Christchurch, Judith saw this doll and remarked how much she liked it. At the time she was a member of the Christchurch Doll Club (1989-2002) and decided that the doll should became the mascot for the club. In appreciation of the large amounts of orders for the doll following it becoming the Christchurch Doll Club mascot, the doll maker gave Judith this doll as a gift. She has "To Judy from Wilma Aug 1999" inscribed on the back of her head. 

Porcelain doll, gift to Judith from Wilma Mans. 

Porcelain doll, gift to Judith from Wilma Mans. 

Group of porcelain dolls all made by Wilma Mans, now living in Sydney. 

Group of porcelain dolls all made by Wilma Mans, now living in Sydney. 

Kewpie Lavender dolls.

Kewpie Lavender dolls.

21"  Robert Tonner dolls  from America. Madison Ave field trip "Gloria Ann" in pink duffel coat and Central Park stroll in green "Ruth Anne" both 2004. 

21" Robert Tonner dolls from America.
Madison Ave field trip "Gloria Ann" in pink duffel coat and Central Park stroll in green "Ruth Anne" both 2004. 

Pedigree doll wearing an Avonside Girls High uniform knitted by Judith in memory of her school days. 

Pedigree doll wearing an Avonside Girls High uniform knitted by Judith in memory of her school days. 

Strawberry Shortcake  dolls from the 1970s to present day. All sizes, some from Burger King and McDonalds.

Strawberry Shortcake dolls from the 1970s to present day. All sizes, some from Burger King and McDonalds.

Kader dolls made in Hong Kong in the 1960s. Almost every collection of modern dolls in this county includes one or more dolls bearing the Kader trademark. Yet for all the popularity and availability of Kader dolls very little is known, other than it became famous for a fire that killed many of the young workers in the plant. The primary product is model trains and accessories the company do not appear to make dolls any longer. Collectors sometimes refer to the company as OK Kader because their logo is the letter OK inside a globe. The heads are usually made of a very rigid type of vinyl sometimes mistaken for hard plastic but not technically so. They commonly include bright blue sleep eyes with lashes and a tongue which retracts when the eyes close. All of the dolls have moulded hair and additional joints at the wrists allowing their hands to turn. 

Kader dolls made in Hong Kong in the 1960s. Almost every collection of modern dolls in this county includes one or more dolls bearing the Kader trademark. Yet for all the popularity and availability of Kader dolls very little is known, other than it became famous for a fire that killed many of the young workers in the plant. The primary product is model trains and accessories the company do not appear to make dolls any longer. Collectors sometimes refer to the company as OK Kader because their logo is the letter OK inside a globe. The heads are usually made of a very rigid type of vinyl sometimes mistaken for hard plastic but not technically so. They commonly include bright blue sleep eyes with lashes and a tongue which retracts when the eyes close. All of the dolls have moulded hair and additional joints at the wrists allowing their hands to turn. 

Barbie  dolls. The seven sitting in the front are from the 1970s-1980s, they belonged to Judith's daughters. 

Barbie dolls. The seven sitting in the front are from the 1970s-1980s, they belonged to Judith's daughters. 

The  Heart Family  dolls by Mattel 1985. As a little girl I remember playing with my own Heart Family dolls. 

The Heart Family dolls by Mattel 1985. As a little girl I remember playing with my own Heart Family dolls. 

Kelly dolls, also Jenny and Marisa. 

Kelly dolls, also Jenny and Marisa. 

Lil Babies. There were 48 different babies made by Hasbro in 1991, with names such as Softie, Shouter, Sunshine, Dreamer, Chuckler, Bashful and Puzzler,  Judith has 64 of these dolls. As a little girl I remember collecting these dolls with their tiny colourful nappies and bibs.

Lil Babies. There were 48 different babies made by Hasbro in 1991, with names such as Softie, Shouter, Sunshine, Dreamer, Chuckler, Bashful and Puzzler,  Judith has 64 of these dolls. As a little girl I remember collecting these dolls with their tiny colourful nappies and bibs.

American dolls. Linda Cartwright in blue and white, Saucy Walkers, 1957 Cameo baby and Miss Peep designed and sculpted by Joseph Kallus it has unique pin jointed arms and legs that allow the doll to be posed in very realistic baby like poses. Cameo Kewpie doll in vinyl. 

American dolls.
Linda Cartwright in blue and white, Saucy Walkers, 1957 Cameo baby and Miss Peep designed and sculpted by Joseph Kallus it has unique pin jointed arms and legs that allow the doll to be posed in very realistic baby like poses. Cameo Kewpie doll in vinyl. 

Gotz dolls.  1950 Marianne and Fran Gotz found the Gotz Puppenfabrik in Monchroden (later part of the town Rodental) The first dolls were made of paper mâché. All family members helped to make the dolls  a success. Franz Gotz sold and delivered the dolls himself in the first years.  The first doll on the right in blue jeans is Felix from 2007, the next two girls are Annie and Taylor from 2008 with Sarah beside them, standing at 10" is "Just Like Me". Second from left is called Hannah, the rock star. 

Gotz dolls. 
1950 Marianne and Fran Gotz found the Gotz Puppenfabrik in Monchroden (later part of the town Rodental) The first dolls were made of paper mâché. All family members helped to make the dolls  a success. Franz Gotz sold and delivered the dolls himself in the first years. 
The first doll on the right in blue jeans is Felix from 2007, the next two girls are Annie and Taylor from 2008 with Sarah beside them, standing at 10" is "Just Like Me". Second from left is called Hannah, the rock star. 

Judith's national dolls, a collection that began in 1963 when her pen friend's from other countries sent her dolls in national costumes.  In the front row is a 1950 12" Vinyl M Hummel "Rosl" little school girl by W Eoebel of Germany.  

Judith's national dolls, a collection that began in 1963 when her pen friend's from other countries sent her dolls in national costumes. 
In the front row is a 1950 12" Vinyl M Hummel "Rosl" little school girl by W Eoebel of Germany.  

Doll in white and red spotty dress is "Shirley Temple" by Ideal  Patsy, Betsy McCall  Composition dolls 1950s Spanish Reproduction dolls 1990s Tony doll 1940s

Doll in white and red spotty dress is "Shirley Temple" by Ideal
Patsy, Betsy McCall
Composition dolls 1950s
Spanish Reproduction dolls 1990s
Tony doll 1940s

Pedigree squinty 1970s

Pedigree squinty 1970s

Pedigree soft rubber 1970s

Pedigree soft rubber 1970s

Pedigree dolls, the two on the right are wearing their original outfits 1970s

Pedigree dolls, the two on the right are wearing their original outfits 1970s

Cabbage Patch Dolls (two boy dolls) 1970s.

Cabbage Patch Dolls (two boy dolls) 1970s.

An assortment of little dolls. You can see at the bottom the two with curly red hair are Annie dolls. 

An assortment of little dolls. You can see at the bottom the two with curly red hair are Annie dolls. 

Getting in close with some of the smallest dolls of Judith's collection

Getting in close with some of the smallest dolls of Judith's collection

Judith holds the tiniest dolls of her collection, the little baby measuring only 20mm and "Heidi" the wee porcelain doll, 50mm made in Switzerland. 

Judith holds the tiniest dolls of her collection, the little baby measuring only 20mm and "Heidi" the wee porcelain doll, 50mm made in Switzerland. 

My Child doll   Made by Mattel from 1985-1988 My best friend and I each had My Child dolls, which were very cuddly with their felt skin. They had a cute button nose and nylon hair you could brush. Underneath their dresses they wore nappies and had a little tummy button on their belly. The only problem with them being made of felt was that they got very dirty. 

My Child doll

Made by Mattel from 1985-1988
My best friend and I each had My Child dolls, which were very cuddly with their felt skin. They had a cute button nose and nylon hair you could brush. Underneath their dresses they wore nappies and had a little tummy button on their belly. The only problem with them being made of felt was that they got very dirty. 

Matilda Australian girl 20" inches given to Judith by her daughter for her 60th birthday. 

Matilda Australian girl 20" inches given to Judith by her daughter for her 60th birthday. 

Jasmine, purchased in New Zealand on Trade Me

Jasmine, purchased in New Zealand on Trade Me

Plastic baby doll wearing an outfit knitted by Judith. 

Plastic baby doll wearing an outfit knitted by Judith. 

Judith with her Kidz n Cats doll called Helen.  Kidz n Cats  are slim articulated 18" play dolls designed by Sonja Hardmann for the German doll company, with Heart and Soul. These dolls were first introduced in 2009 with a small collection of seven dolls bearing two different face moulds, this one is called Helen.  Since then three new faces have been added and a total of 37 dolls have been released. The collection is named for the fact that most of the dolls are accompanied by a small plush cat dressed in a matching outfit, Judith's doll only came with a straw bag. Sonya Hardmann also designed an 18" play doll with multiple joints. These dolls don't have exaggerated portions like large eyes or huge heads, but rather strive to accurately represent the features of real children. 

Judith with her Kidz n Cats doll called Helen.
Kidz n Cats are slim articulated 18" play dolls designed by Sonja Hardmann for the German doll company, with Heart and Soul. These dolls were first introduced in 2009 with a small collection of seven dolls bearing two different face moulds, this one is called Helen.  Since then three new faces have been added and a total of 37 dolls have been released. The collection is named for the fact that most of the dolls are accompanied by a small plush cat dressed in a matching outfit, Judith's doll only came with a straw bag. Sonya Hardmann also designed an 18" play doll with multiple joints. These dolls don't have exaggerated portions like large eyes or huge heads, but rather strive to accurately represent the features of real children. 

Judith offers tours of her dolls collection by appointment for a small donation, and makes dolls clothing to order. 

To contact Judith about arranging a tour, purchasing a doll or dolls clothing email her at: hutch50@xtra.co.nz

Special thanks to Judith Hutchings for kindly sharing your beautiful doll collection with me.