Frustrated at the overly sexualised appearance of Bratz dolls, artist Sonia Singh decided to give the toys a much-needed makeover – or should I say, makeunder?
In 2015, the artist from Tasmania started the Tree Change Dolls project to address the unhealthy expectations little girls get from their dolls. It involves sourcing used toys from secondhand shops and giving the glamourous dolls a more natural look. This means repainting the faces, sewing new clothes, and even re-conditioning the hair.
The result? Bratz dolls that actually look like the 12-year-old girls they’re marketed to.
“My sisters and I grew up playing with second-hand dolls and home-made toys in the beautiful Tasmanian natural environment,” said Singh. “I love the satisfaction of repairing and reusing discarded items to give them a new lease on life.”
You can buy the Tree Change Dolls over on Singh’s Etsy store.
This little dolly was in terrible condition when I found her at a local op shop. Her face is stained with pink pen marks which I have worked into her skin tone, her hair was an awful mess, her neck was damaged and she smelt of stale cigarette smoke. All better now! #treechangedolls #upcycle #opshopfind
Here's a bit of a preview of some of my next group of dolls – probably the last group before I take a bit of time off to have a baby. ( Yes, as well as working on these little dollies, I've also been growing a real-life little tree change baby!) These dolls, and others, will be in my Etsy shop on December 7th at 10pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time with at least 10% of sales going to @plan_australia #treechangedolls #etsy
These little Tree Change Dolls are part of my last group available for this year! I will be taking a bit of a break from the dolls after that – expecting my second baby soon! These dolls and others will be available in my Etsy shop (www.treechangedolls.etsy.com) on Wed 7th December at 10pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time. These four dolls are also part of Etsy's #makeforgood campaign, with 20% of sale price going to @plan_australia to improve the lives of girls worldwide. #treechangedolls #etsy #planaustralia