Hello I am Regina and I will introduce you to the project ‘ 700 Dolls to Bring Peace to 7 Billion People’.
I woke up almost three years ago, beginning of 2011, with the idea of making one doll that represents each one of us in the world. More than an idea it was a deep feeling of ‘ I must do it’! I was absolutely sure that I had ﬁnally found my mission in life and the feeling was just amazing! I felt like Noah when he was told to build the Ark or like a fairy tale character who is told to accomplish almost impossible tasks in order to achieve something really precious.
I’d like to tell you that I have never sewed in my life. I decided to buy a little sewing machine and started to learn how to make them. It was just when I began the process of making the dolls that I realized it would be quite difﬁcult to reach a target of 7 billion! So, with my feet back on the ground, I started cutting the zeros. When I got down to 70 I thought it was too few. I added one more zero – 700 – and I thought this is a good number, it is a lot but possible. I would not be making one doll to one person but a percentage that would represent each continent. To be honest with you I felt a bit frustrated but at the same time I was happy to ﬁnd a possible way to make the project succeed.
Each doll is roughly the same size and colour, the colour of our bones, suggesting that we are all the same regardless of our little differences. They are all stuffed with the ﬁlling from old pillows which are full of dreams and each one has a heart. With Dreams And a Heart we can help this suffering world to become happier, healthier and more just.
I have been making the dolls since 2011 but it was only at the end of last year, 2012, when I could start making them regularly. Every person to whom I talk about the project falls in love with it and most of them help in one way or another: making the entire doll or just stufﬁng them, giving me their old pillows full of dreams and also pieces of fabric such as clothes and mainly old sheets. They help me to build this website and make ﬁlms and photos of the process. They help me correct my English so people can understand that I am not talking about 700 doORs but doLLs.
We have now reached more than 600 dolls. There is a page in this website where you can ﬁnd photos and how to make the dolls in case you want to help us.
I just want to ﬁnish by saying that I am so grateful for all contributions I have received so far. I love you all!