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New Miniature Magazine now published

Digital Library - Issue 1, January 2018

This seemed like a natural development for me. One of the English Miniature Magazines amalgamated with another, and I thought "no-one really features Down Under Miniaturists from Australia and New Zealand".  I know a lot of these clever people, have a background in commercial art and design and put together countless monthly newsletters for associations and clubs I have belonged to over the years. Why not publish my own magazine I concluded. This first issue is the outcome - I hope you like it. I'm thrilled with the first issue!

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I would really value any support and feedback.  Jilly.

Line up of stars!

It's hard to know which comes first with me.  Inspiration that springs from little figures I make or the houses that inspire the making of little figures. Over the years they have been many.

Muriel

Muriel, the housekeeper in the Arts Movement House.   Albert the painter from the pub. Or Edna the laundress who called in for a drink. Nanny Goat is a star, from my foray into Rupert Bear Land.  Hard to know who are my favorites.  They are all made of sculpey and dressed by me.  Not a pretty lot as I like them to portray characters rather than be pretty dolls. 

Decadent or Deco that is the question

The Art Deco era, coming after the 1st World War and even perhaps as a response to it, was a time of change.  Women found a new confidence to dress and behave as they wanted to, found jobs and changed the furniture! It was time for a change.And as he was spinning through the years, Mac the little timetraveller, found a stylish Art Deco Apartment.And with a bit of work tracked down the owner, a famous dancer in a very racy show.

A Dance through some decades

Our little timetraveller Mac has been busy. Well to us on earth several weeks have passed but to Mac time has been measured in minutes. Nay, seconds.

He visited the Victorians and was invited to a soiree at Dulcie Turner's residence.

And shortly thereafter appeared in William Norris's (cousin to the other William) Arts Movement house but it wasn't the done thing to go into a girls bedroom. And then in a twinkle of time he found a very stylish Art Deco apartment. Time for a rest.  You will find this in the next chapter of Mac's travels.

A walk in Witchey Wood

One year the witches were IN. Apart from witchery projects at the club all sorts of magic was created at home.  We have Perspicacious's Cottage.

What Perspicacious has for Dinner.

Herself

Her friend  Dame Agatha

Where they shop

Steampunk account

The husband won't allow steampunk deco in the house - hurrah for miniatures. This little table I made was the inspiration for a room box. In it lives a bachelor accountant. Surprise, surprise, he likes Murdoch James wines.

There were a lot of firsts for me in this little room.  First leather upholstered Armchair. First attempt at a  wood fired stove.  First go at a swivel office chair. 

Shopping for Art

As part of a club project we created shops and of course mine had an Arts Movement theme.  The inspiration for this was a collection of miniature porcelain 'Famous women through the ages'.  A wealthy patron just cannot choose which one she likes.   Mac is fascinated by the glass fruit closely watched by the shop assistant who thinks he looks scruffy. 

An Artful Move…

The Arts movement is one of my favorite periods. Miniatures make it so much easier to recreate houses etc in this theme. My inspiration was a 'bucket' chair belonging to a friend.  I rushed home and quickly created mine in 12th scale. The cushion was hand stitched by a very clever member of our club, Barry Allen. I picked out three of his cushions from a Christmas mystery dip. Boy was I thrilled.Next came the house, cut out by a clever local man and put together by myself. What fun I had with this.  All the wallpapers are either William Morris or A. Crane, off the internet.  The lounge has a frieze with a riddle by Byron running around underneath it.  There's a challenge for you. Find the riddle. And the answer! 

And Mac, remember him, my little time traveller... Well a good traveller never goes past a bed or a toilet.

Mac finds a loo

Cheers,

Jill

This little pig went to market

My husband hates markets, avoiding them whenever possible. Image his chagrin when he woke up one morning in a little French village and there was a market right outside the front door. Springing up, as it were, in the early hours of the morning. Imagine my delight.  I spied some beautifully turned tableware that I just had to have.  Then they had to have a room to be put in. This was my very first room box.

Two French friends play Chess each Tuesday. Jacques is a shepherd and Pierre is the local baker.   They share a meal and a glass of wine. The cat sits by the ornate gas heater.  Regardless of the weather inside is always warm and cosy.  Mac was very happy to sit and play with the cat.

He had brought a bottle of Murdoch James Pinot Noir  (from the family's vineyard) as a thank you gift as he had dropped in unexpectedly. Pierre won I have to say.

Introducing Little Mac

Introducing Little Mac

Introducing little Mac - Mac is a Time Traveller. He will link my miniature themes together.

Introducing little Mc.

I get totally inspired by Art in Decades - the Arts Movement, Art Deco, Steampunk, and history, the Georgians, the Regency Ara, The Victorians, Early Settlers, and the 1940's. Arghh!! The list goes on. An extravagant purchase of a John Davenport writing slope resulted in a Georgian House created from a half finished house left on my doorstep by my niece Verity.

Introducing little Mac

Another miniature family had to be brought to life to inhabit Appleby Mansion.  The Squire was most astonished to find Little Mac in his room. Fortunately all his other guests had retired to the dining room. 

Update: The above post is quite old now. If you would like recent miniatures news and other interesting projects, check out our miniatures publication. There are always at least 3 brand new exciting projects in each issue of Miniature Time Traveller magazine. In addition, the magazine contains detailed reviews of shows and conventions, interviews with talented miniaturists, fun children's projects, and articles on miniatures in general. This highly regarded magazine is published bi-monthly. It has a strong focus on the work of New Zealand and Australian miniaturists. Print subscription details are here. Remember, all digital subscriptions enjoy a 14 day free trial period, and access to all back issues, at no cost. And, if you'd like to preview an earlier issue, here is a link to a free digital copy.

You can also look out for us at Miniatura, the AMEA convention or smaller events like VAMA and NZAME events

Hello world! Introducing my new blog and website

I am an artistic designing woman. Over the year's I have created clothing, knitwear, houses, furniture, gardens and businesses. Now I'm creating a new blog and website to share all that!

Dolls House Frontages for new blog and website

Now I do it all in 1/12 scale, sharing it through my new blog and website.  

I have studied fine arts, worked with a master builder and exhibited my paintings and miniatures.

Joining a Miniature Makers club was a joy to me; like-minded, eclectic, thinkers.

Through my new blog and website, I hope to bring this joy to you and, through sharing, we can inspire one another too!

If you would like recent miniatures news and other interesting projects, check out our miniatures publication. There are always at least 3 brand new exciting projects in each issue of Miniature Time Traveller magazine. In addition, the magazine contains detailed reviews of shows and conventions, interviews with talented miniaturists, fun children's projects, and articles on miniatures in general. This highly regarded magazine is published bi-monthly. It has a strong focus on the work of New Zealand and Australian miniaturists. Subscription details are here. Remember, all digital subscriptions enjoy a 14 day free trial period, and access to all back issues, at no cost. And, if you'd like to preview an earlier issue, here is a link to a free digital copy.

You can also look out for us at Miniatura, the AMEA convention or smaller events like VAMA and NZAME events