Summer 2007 I visited Nicole
in her Zwergnase studio
in Schalkau Germany.
Here some picture-impressions
of the place where
many Zwergnase dolls
and bears are born.
Nicole with Nadeschda
the little winterdoll of 2007
with a new face.
the 2007 Zwergnase collection
like displayed in Neurenberg.
Here is Nicole with
her husband Bernd
who is the commercial director
of the Zwergnase company
And even though
Liv-Grete does not look pleased,
I sure am glad,
to be standing next to Nicole!
Bettina, the lady on the phone,
is leading us through
the studio and further.
Here the space with the vinyl,
where the dolls are made of,
is stocked in barrels,
The man responsible
for the molds
is explaning what is needed
to be done,
to get a good working mold
In this bath
with a certain chemical solution
the molds, in this case the mold of a leg, are made.
This can take about three weeks
cause a metalic layer has to be formed over the model.
Here the model of a leg gets to start its treatment.
Here an example
of a dollshead mold
The inside is now made of metal.
Now it is fixated in a clamp
so it can be put on the holder
seen in the next picture
In yet another space
this strong man
is preparing the molds,
fixated on the plateau
to be filled with the liquid vinyl
Here the molds are filled with
The receipt of the Zwergnase dolls vinyl,
is of course kept secret!
This is hot work in summer,
also because after the filling,
the molds will be put in the oven,
standing in this space also.
Here a vinyl doll head is pulled out of the mold while still soft.
This is a very tricky part of the proces cause the pulling must not be to hard or to fast but also not to slow.
It took this man several years to realy master this part of the proces
The oven is visible in the background
Here the dolls are put together,
and the clothing,
and soft parts of the dolls
In the sewingroom
my daughter Lotte is showing
a special limited to 7
bear with dogg from Nicoles own
In the background the stock of
all the different parts and accessories needed for
the dolls and bear production.
all the different
Clearly recognisable are the cloth used for
and Antoinettes hat.
Here I am admiring
one of my favourit dolls:
the angel with Laurentijn's face.
She is a special limited edition for Japan.
In the entrance-hall
of the Zwergnase building
is the blown-up Neurenberg toyfair picture
of Liv-Grete from 2000 showing.
It seems she is looking at the bears
hanging from the ceiling.
An attractive sight when you enter the buiding!
Here Lotte posing for Liv-Grete
to show how big her picture is.
One of the smallest faces from the entire
here 35 times her own size,
and still she looks so lifelike and real.
It must be the very nice and
detailed sculpting of Nicole,
and the very good quality
of the Zwergnase vinyl.
Here in another displayroom
near the entrance
the toyfair picture from 2001 showing
the delightfull laughingJojanne
peeking from behind the back of Lauritz,
as the background for the Zwergnase dolls
and bears of previous years.
dolls and bears
Nicole has her own name as a special brand
All items are very limited to only seven.
In designing these issues Nicole can take some
more artistic risks, so most
are of a very high original and experimental level.
Here three NM bear ladies
NM bear girl
NM bear violist
NM Sailor bear
Some of the latest
Nadeschda is a new Zwergnase face.
She is limited to 75
just visible here are her freckles.
with winterbear issue 2007
Zwisbl lim to 50
He comes with his snowman!