CRA -certified reborn artist. Some of us had this conversation a week or two ago. We were brainstorming ways to set ourselves apart from the “REBORN BABY DOLL, LIFE LIKE ONLY 49.50” folks out there. You know who they are, and what they do, and it is hard to compete with a place like China that mass manufactures at a rock bottom price, not only that but they steal the idea and don’t do it well but appeal to people because of price and misrepresentation.
I am not trying to come across angry but I agree it would be helpful to have a badge, widget, banner that states the artist who made this doll is a person not a factory and they put many hours, used quality parts and products to make the doll come to life and there is no other doll in the world exactly like it.
So I am in the process of putting together a data base.
It will cost money…not a lot just enough to cover my time and keep the data base current, live, and make it accessible. I am thinking 5 bucks a year ( I am a cheap date).
I am having someone design the badge.
Here are the rules and regulations to be considered a Certified Reborn Artist.
You have to be a person not a factory. You can not be involved in mass manufacturing or outsourcing your work. This does not mean you can’t get a fellow artist to root for you, it means you can’t ship 100 dolls to China or India or where ever else to have them do it. Your hand has to be in the work.
You do not have to be actively selling but you have to be an active artist and we will need to have a place to find you. The Database will be made public through the website and it will also serve as a directory of CRA’s. (bonus marketing for everyone).
You should provide the years you have been making reborn dolls, and your affiliations. You don’t have to but it makes you look pretty awesome.
You will need two referrals from other CRA’s, being on this forum I can be one. You need to provide and active link where we can see photos of your work. We just need to make sure you are not a robot, a spy, a bad guy, or a factory.
We will Renew every year at the same time, even if you applied mid year. It makes it easier to keeps costs down. If you report your earnings your membership is write off.
I will send a link to a printable certificate and the appropriate badge for your social media.
This is really self regulated. If you find someone using the button, banner, widget, name and you know they are not who they say they are you can flag them, or I can send them a letter letting them know they must remove it.
If someone on our list is getting a lot of negative feedback, meaning they are being dishonest, harming, stalking, stealing, then they are removed.
We keep each other honest.
I will host the list. I won’t market it, it will just exist and search engines can find it. I will administer it but if I need to move on I will pass it off to another artist who everyone agrees is a good fit.
Before any serious decision is made I will contact 10 random CRA’s and get a consensus. They will not always be the same it will be a lottery draw.
If at any point ten of you decide the list needs to come down or I need to be removed (you never know, I could start a sweatshop in my basement, if I had a basement) then I will step down and pass the list off happily.
It will have contact information that you want made public: your URL etc. You will need to contact me if that changes.
I am toying with the idea of having feedback available so buyers can review us. This could be an awesome tool but it could get crazy easily, not sure if I am up for drama. I will have to figure that out.
I have a million irons in the fire at the moment (that is the way I roll) so it may take a month or two to get this up and running. I will let you know and direct you how to hop aboard.
Feedback me if you think this idea needs improving in some way.