My name is Anouk. I am the designer and maker of MonPilou dolls. I live and work in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
With my first child on the way, in 1994, I started making dolls. I found my own creativity in making those woollen children. My first dolls were not perfect, but I knew from the start that I could do this every day and it has not changed, since then.
I used to work from home and after working for several years in workshops elsewere, I choose simplicity and quiet, and work from home again.
I am together with Dave since I was 17 years old. We have four grown up son`s. They have lovely partners. And I have a little cat named "Pilou".
What I like to do most, after doll making, sewing and crochet, is being in nature, swimming in the sea, reading, listening to music of all times and I love to dance (on old Motown preferably :-). We own a caravan in the coastal area of North-Holland. Here I make my dolls as well and take a lot of the doll pictures.
Pilou is the French name for a soft flannel. And, the first flannel cuddle doll for a baby, is often called a Pilou, as well.
Although I do follow the world news, I have always looked for the tender, natural and beautiful in life. I try to incorporate that into my work and pass it on to others who are also looking for this softness.
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