Best-of-the-best coming to doll show

26 years of painting wrinkles, lips and cheeks

KELSEY FLETCHER
Last updated 07:29 16/04/2014
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PAINTING LIFE: Colyton dollmaker Judith Le Fleming-Herd says after 26 years of painting wrinkles, lips and rosy cheeks, she knows her craft and has about 100 dolls of all shapes and sizes.

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There is something about porcelain and a perfectly painted face that Colyton dollmaker Judith Le Fleming-Herd says everyone can appreciate.

After 26 years of painting wrinkles, lips and rosy cheeks, the Rose City Porcelain Doll Club secretary knows her craft and has about 100 dolls of all shapes and sizes.

But only four of her recent best works will be accompanying her to the 26th annual Rose City Porcelain Doll Club Doll and Show Competition this weekend.

Le Fleming-Herd said the competition will be staged over Easter weekend with dolls going on display for the public Saturday and Sunday after judging on Friday."Our club project this year was Shirley Temple, which will be on display, so there will be about 20 Shirley Temple dolls made by members over the year," she said. "Our theme for the show is Easter Parade which involves a lot of easter bunnies, bonnets and eggs."

Le Fleming-Herd said there will be about 70 dolls on display from throughout New Zealand so it would be: "the best of the best".

"It's the only show in the area and there are only four shows in the whole of New Zealand," she said. "We've got a couple of entries from Dunedin, Hamilton, New Plymouth and Napier.

"They will be judged on the Danish system, out of 100 points, and judged on everything including smoothness, dress, overall effect and if we've done it correctly."

Le Fleming-Herd said it could take her about six months to complete a perfect doll, from crafting to naming the doll. "It becomes a consuming hobby, it grabs you and you want to make more. It's all the different aspects and details - painting and I've always been a sewer so I can put all those skills to work."

The event will also include trading tables with related materials and goods for dolls and teddies, porcelain doll repairs, and a raffle with proceeds going to the Make-a-Wish charity. It runs between 10am to 4pm on Saturday and 10am to 3pm on Sunday.

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