Goldmedal winning (GDS Competition) Elly Knoops began sculpting in the mid 90's. In the beginning, she sculpted both dolls and reborn babies, but now she is only creating babies. In 2004 she developed her first reborning kit. This first baby, Eefje, was presented at te Nurnberg Toy Fair.
Elly's first dolls were made in hard vinyl. This changed after a visit to IDEX, Orlando in the USA, where she discovered soft vinyl which is now the preferred kit type especially for rooting hair.
In 2008 Elly Knoops introduced the new series of long limbed soft vinyl kits: Amy, Chrissy and Debby. The newest addition to the family is Daphne, introduced in 2009.
Elly passed away in November 2019.See also: