Tree Change Dolls is the creation of Tasmanian artist Sonia Singh. Sonia recycles, repairs and upcycles forgotten and discarded dolls. They are given a new down-to-earth style and are soon ready for outdoor adventures!
Like Cool Mum Picks wrote, "What can we say — this is an artist after our own hearts. Sonja Singh is taking upcycled Bratz dolls, removing the provocative clothes and makeup, and turning them into the kinds of girls we’d rather our kids emulate. Have your kids take a look at them; who knows, maybe it will inspire the next generation of toymakers creating dolls that parents actually like as much as their children do."
The story itself is amazing. Rescued and rehabilitated from op-shops and tip shops around Tasmania, the dolls leave the high-fashion habits behind for a down-to-earth style. Sonia hand repaints the dolls faces, molds new feet or shoes, and her mum sews and knits their clothing.
Passionate about dolls, the idea came up after she lost her job as a science communicator, following a series of Australian government funding cuts to science research in September 2014. Soon the new "job" attracted attention and went viral, as you can see in the video below.