When the children were small, they loved playing with Schleich toy animals. I also found the lifelike plastic animal figurines very alluring. Small works of art. I would often bring home an animal for the children from my travels, or they would nag me into buying one in the shops. Gradually, we amassed something resembling a small Noah’s Ark, however with a preponderance of horses and dinosaurs. Then the kids grew up, and the animals moved from the children’s rooms into my creative workshop, where I decorate them, personalise them and turn them into my own little works of art. I sell them regularly at Lulu Mosquito – look under Unique.
From the Schleich website: “How long the modelling takes depends on the figure itself. A dog takes two weeks, while a horse, designed down to the smallest hair, takes three and a dinosaur takes up to eight weeks. Each hair and every fold of skin is applied individually. If the last model withstands all the tests, a prototype is made from synthetic resin. And here, at the latest, we involve specialists from museums or zoos. Only if the prototype meets the high requirements of these experts’ critical eyes have we created a lifelike depiction of nature we can feel satisfied with.”