|Whimsical even before you step in
|A simply stunning display
|The unassuming and charming dollmaker
|Tako puts her heart into the creation of every doll
|I love these brooches !
|The doll maker's workshop at the top
|My heart squealed with delight on seeing this !
|The colour and fluidity these goldfishes show the skills of the maker
Through someone who has a wide circle of friends in the field of artistic crafts, I had the pleasure of meeting Tako Yeo Mei Ling, a doll maker with the most beautiful shop I've ever seen. It's not about upmarket furnishing but the heart and soul she puts into every nook and corner. With a pair of legs dangling from the postbox in front and a little rabbit at the shop window, it was indeed beckoning me to go into the rabbit's hole of whimsical surprises. Through the door, wooden shelves of delights filled with the most well made dolls with pretty outfits, little chairs and on the wall, portraits of the most quaint looking faces. A wonderful twist of the iconic poses of Mona Lisa and Audrey Hepburn and comical expressions of Mr Rabbit popping out in 3d. As if swooning over her creations was not enough, I couldn't help admiring the wooden vintage furniture she had to display her creations.
It felt like I had walked straight into the fairy tale home of Alice in Wonderland. It even had a little attic workshop at the top, accessible by climbing up a little steep but short flight of stairs. Beautiful sunshine shines through a little window to light up the dollmaker's work desk from where she works her magic on her dolls. Love the different dress styles of the dolls as they are truly vintage and stylish! Her box of little dolls' legs sticking out was also a sight to behold and that really tickled my fancy!
It was so heartening to see a young lady doing what she was most passionate about and with today's technology, Tako is able to reach out to a market worldwide. Her beautiful shop is only opened on Saturdays and Sundays (12pm -6pm) as she spends most of the weekdays on her creations. I heard that her dolls are snapped up as soon as she puts them on the shelf and I was indeed lucky to see some on a weekday with my friend's help. What's lovely too is the creativity that runs in her family. Her father made the little chairs for her dolls and her brother's postcard drawings of animals are on display and sale in the shop.
22 Jalan Tan Hock Ngee
80000 Johore Bahru