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WITH the world’s selfie obsession at an all-time high, an artist in Cremorne has turned the pictures into a clever business venture.
Tania Martin takes peoples full-length selfies and turns them into cartoon-like dolls, which come in three sizes — key ring, 20cm and 30cm.
Depending on the size, each doll can take up to three hours to create. “I’ve made more than 400 dolls so far, it’s crazy,” Ms Martin said.
Miss Martin first thought of making the dolls being with an all too common problem; not knowing what to buy a friend for his birthday.
“I was in Spain at the time and wanted to get something for a friend back in Australia,” she said.
“I noticed something similar to a selfie doll while I was walking along the street and thought that could make a perfect present.”
Miss Martin, who moved from Spain to Australia last October, was “completely rubbish at craft” when the idea struck so she signed up for a month-long doll-making course.
That was when the selfie doll was born.
“I put a photo of the doll on Facebook before I sent it to my friend and it went crazy from there,” she said.
“Everyone in my family wanted one, so did my friends, and then when I moved here last year, it kept going on and on.
“I never expected them to be so popular because it’s so silly and funny but I’m glad people like them.”
Using materials bought in Australia and imported from Spain, the dolls range from $30 to $90.
“I try to buy as much as I can here but there are some skin colours you can’t get in Australia,” she said.
“For me, the more unusual the person looks in the photo the better.
“I love when I get a photo of someone with crazy hair or wearing a uniform.”
Miss Martin said he selfie doll business was expanding rapidly.
“Most of the people I’ve made dolls for are asking for a doll of themselves, which I can understand — I wanted one of myself too,” she said.
”But I’ve also made dolls of people who want to give them as presents and had people ordering dolls of someone else to give to them for their birthday.
“I have started doing pets too, which I really love, and wedding cake toppers.
“I did a cake topper for an Indian couple recently and that was so fun.”
For details, call 0420 475 130 or visit selfiedollaustralia.com.au.
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