I've always wanted to fill a babyhouse. In April 2018, the very talented Geoff Wonnacott will be teaching a Georgian Babyhouse at the Tom Bishop Show in Chicago. I'm really looking forward to it. He's a fun and great instructor! And of course, I'll have to do some research and design and cast some Georgian style fireplaces....
Fiddler's Green is a wonderful site with card models for everything from buildings to airplanes to ships to airstreams. Over the years, they've been very generous about letting me miniaturize their models and use them in classes. As a thank you, I put together this "guide to making 1/1,728 houses" using their card models.
This past fall I was at the Guild Show in Hartford, Connecticut teaching two new classes: a tiny artist's studio and a silver and china shop. They were followed up by Philadelphia Miniaturia where students made a miniaturist's workroom. A great time was had by all! One student who had never done 1/144 before signed up for the Phillie workshop after the class in Hartford. Made me proud.
I'm starting to come up with ideas for next year. What would you like to learn in 1/144? Drop me a note and let me know!
Every project provides unique challenges and opportunities to learn from mistakes--both the ones we make
and the ones we don't! For a peek at my projects and the occasional tutorial, visit my blog.
Each year, the International Guild of Miniature Artisans hosts Guild School in Castine. Students explore a variety of projects and learn new skills from some of the world's best miniature artisans. It's a week chock-full of learning and doing, networking and sharing, and even a bit of shopping. The Lobstah doesn't hurt, either.
Nothing is for sale at the moment, but occasionally I will offer one-off (or two-off) items for sale.
My approach to developing a 1/144 scale or other small scale interior is to use everything I can find, work with, or create, to present an interior that has the feel, complexity, and textures of life. Small scale affords an almost limitless opportunity to experiment with every material that a miniaturist might use.
I love natural materials too much not to bring them into my interiors.
Even small scale can take advantage of the richness and tactile qualities of the different woods that are available. In my interiors you will find maple, walnut, cherry, bubinga, ebony, tulipwood, pear, boxwood, rosewood, and many other woods, including burls.
Nothing quite matches the touch of fabric and its cousins. Enjoy the drape of a fine silk, the almost weightless feel of thin skiver, the coolness of ermine, the three dimensional look of needlepoint.
"Repurposing" expands the frontiers of small scale. Keep an eye out for evidence of our technology-rich consumer culture. Without beads, etched brass, watch parts, pins, styrene shapes, and other objects made both for miniaturists and for other purposes, small scale interiors would be much less interesting.
Come and explore!