Dolls are not only playthings for children—in fact, many grown-ups collect and create dolls as an art form. Collectors enjoy original, one-of-a-kind, and high-quality pieces that are purchased only through art shows, usually for thousands of dollars each. These dolls are often realistic to begin with, but there is one artist who takes that realism to the next level.
Rachel Smith‘s dolls are often considered eerie because of their accuracy. Constructed from vinyl and silicone doll parts with extreme detail, Rachel’s American-based hobby has now global.
The accuracy of Rachel’s ’s live-like baby dolls are so amazing, in fact, you many people are said to have done a double-take when you first see them…
These live-like baby dolls each takes at least 40 hours to create and complete. The bodies are weighted to move and feel like an actual infant and everything is customizable.
“You can get a breathing mechanism and the heartbeat…and there are silicone dolls that will poop and pee,” chuckles Rachel.
The dolls have inspired countless online communities and viral videos, with “reborn” parents feeding, bathing and even driving around town with a doll in an actual child’s car seat.
But aside from the satisfaction of seeing such precision and beauty, there is a potentially groundbreaking therapeutic use for the Reborns. The dolls are dramatically helping grieving parents who have lost a child, as well as Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
These dolls are so lifelike that they’re kind of intimidating! Even so, they are true works of art, and extremely original in their precision and beauty. For more of Rachel’s work, visit her facebook page.
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