I was fortunate enough to be invited to the media preview of the Hong Kong in Miniature exhibition in Sydney on Monday. An exhibition of miniatures in such a public place was exciting enough: but what I didn't know was that the miniature artisits who made the scenes had been flown out from Hong Kong for the duration of the exhibition.
This is Louise Chan, who made three of my favourite scenes on display at the exhibition:
She told me, in her lovely scottish accent, that she started her miniature journey about ten years ago, when she found a shop in a shopping cnetre that sold miniature scenes and items. She was initially only interested in buying and collecting miniature pieces but soon started to experiment with making various miniature items that she couldn't buy.
Louise created this traditional 1960s Hong Kong shoe shop based on the one that featured in the film Echoes of the Rainbow (you can see parts of the shop in the trailer for the movie).
She made all the shoes in the window
(which I couldn't get close enough to take a good photo of, so here's one from the press pack:)
|Photo courtesy of the Joyful Miniature Association|
And above the shop is a simple office space. Louise pointed out how she used a yellow bulb to get the correct old-fashioned glow to the lamp.The Hong Kong in Miniature exhibition is on at Westfield Pitt Street during trading hours until September 20. Demonstrations by the miniaturists will be held on Thursday 17 at 10.30 am (Vivian Lee will be making mini dim sims), and on Sunday 20 at 3 pm (Li Loi Yun will showcase how she makes mini plants.)