My Mini Blog

January 23, 2017

In my old life, many years ago, I used to be a teacher so it is with some excitment that  I can announce that I shall be running a days workshop at the forthcoming show in Holland organised by the wonderful Rika.

During this workshop you will learn several finishing techniques such as aging wood, painting a wooden finish onto resin and gilding. You can choose two pieces of furniture from my collection to work on but will also upholster an 18th century chair

You can choose any two items from:

1. French table,

2.  French Console table,

3. large French console table,

4. mirror

5. bed.

If you choose to decorate the bed then there is a € 20 extra fee in addition to the  price.

In addition to your two items of furniture you will also work on and upholster an 18th century chair.

I will supply some fabric (Silk, Toile cotton and pretty French cotton )but you may have your own.

I am hoping that the day will be great fun and a learning experience. It wont be just a case of copying my techniques. We shall e...

November 26, 2016

Many years ago when I was 20 I trained in Liverpool as a costumier and spent a few years in various theatres making/designing beautiful costumes. I learnt about the cut of an outfit and where the seam lines need to sit, how a garment was fastened and how to interpret a 2d painting into a 3d creation. I loved it and the 18th Century was my passion. However very few clothes remain from this period - cloth was expensive and in later years clothes that ha survived would have been used for fancy dress so finding originals was difficult......a study of paintings was inevitable. I still look at 18th century paintings of costume, looking at the detail and the construction and whilst on a google images marathon (!) I came upon this wonderful paper artist who creates the most stunning 3 dimensional costumes using paper and paint....her works are full size and an illusion of the real thing but she is able to achieve such brilliant detail and texture that it has inspired me to "try it out" in 12th...

November 25, 2016

I received a large  envelope this afternoon and at this time of year presumed it was a calendar from one of my suppliers - what a thrill it was to open it up and find a copy of January 2017 Dolls House World inside with my advert on the backcover.....simple things please simple minds and mine was definitely pleased!

The issue contains some lovely info about French dolls houses and includes an article by Parisian miniaturist Laurent Seigle-Dias (https://www.facebook.com/Laurent-Seigle-Dias-Model-Maker-Miniatures-1720436031525164/) whom I had the pleasure of meeting in Holland. There is also an article by German Artist Pipi Turner whom I have followed on her blog for some time now 

http://turnerssmallworld.blogspot.co.uk/

if you visit her blog you will understand why I love her ideas and skill......

Ali

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November 20, 2016

Hi guys

I have a small range of furniture and am now itching to start work on a few new designs. I have quite a few images of furniture taken in France at the Paris Flea markets but would really appreciate your feedback as to which ones you like the most. I cant make all of them so would love to know which ones you like the most.....the following images are of real full size furniture that I could recreate in 12th scale. If you have a moment could you email me or contact me and let me know which one you prefer the most. I have also been asked by mini people for a dining table and chairs which I think is an excellent idea. However I do not have a every ornate table to photograph and so if you know of any full size ornate dining table that would make a great 12th scale table then please let me know - I would need to take at least a hundred photographs of it from different angles but if you know of one in a chateau or a museum they might allow me access. For the chairs I think I could adap...

August 6, 2016

HI guys..this is my first blog ever but I wanted to tell you about me and my minis and let you into what I do, what I like and maybe share a few little things with you.....

Today I am struggling with design v's construction. My little mini chair and sofa is developing nicely but I hit a bit of a barrier - the silk edging is showing which means that I am going to have to modify the original slightly.....This is a prototype and I shall need to modify before I can sell any....

I love little French chairs...this one is a particular favourite as it is slightly larger than the normal French Armchair and is more relaxing. The little curved legs and detailing at the top work well I think.....or maybe that is one for you to judge when it is finished...wont be long I hope....

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