Tuesday, July 13, 2021

But wait! There's more!

 So late today I heard that D.Thomas Miniatures had arranged a Zoom tour through the Doll House: Miniature worlds of wonder exhibition.

Ignoring the Kaleidoscope House (which is no longer mine, and so I can't complain about their choice of furniture and accessory placement), you may be interested in 33:24, where they visit my images:

Looking good (while not looking good...)

Over the weekend, as the COVID situation across the country continued to worsen, and it looked likely that the ACT would again be red zoned for travel into Victoria*, I abandoned any hope of being able to justify (or be allowed to) travel to Melbourne to see the Doll House: Miniature worlds of wonder before it closes at the end of next month.

And emailed the curator asking if she could send me some photos of my work on display.

Not only did she send me some, she kindly allowed me to share them:

5 large blown up photos of 1/12 scale modern miniature scenes on display on a wall.
Courtesy of Annette Sheill, National Trust Victoria.
3 large blown up photos of 1/12 scale modern miniature scenes on display on a wall.
Courtesy of Annette Sheill, National Trust Victoria.
4 large blown up photos of 1/12 scale modern miniature scenes on display on a wall.
Courtesy of Annette Sheill, National Trust Victoria.
4 large blown up photos of 1/12 scale modern miniature scenes on display on a wall.
Courtesy of Annette Sheill, National Trust Victoria.
And to add to the excitement, I also discovered that National Trust Victoria have used another of my photos on the cover of the latest issue of their member magazine!
Issue of the National Trust Victoria members magazine with a 1/12 scale modern miniature scene on the front cover.

Notes for non Australian readers:

* Australian Capital Territory
* Although it's been over a year since we've had a case of community transmission, the fact that we are surrounded my New South Wales, and the ease of travel between the hot spots of Sydney and here (even when that travel is not supposed to happen), means we're lumped in with New South Wales when it comes to travel to Victoria.

Friday, June 18, 2021

Good news (but fingers still crossed)

 Soon after I posted about the Doll House: Miniature worlds of wonder exhibition at Como house, Melbourne went into another lockdown, all National Trust Victoria sites were closed, and the opening was pushed back to 11 June.

 Then (not unexpectedly), lockdown was extended.

So since then there has been some uncertainty about when it might actually open (and, in my pessimistic optimist brain, if it would open at all).

But today on Instagram they announced a new opening date in the best possible way (in my opinion, at least!):

Instagram post with an image of a  miniature one-twelfth scale living room overlooking the sea and the announcement that the Doll house: Miniature world of wonder exhibition is opening on 22 JUne.
So we have a new date: 22 June.

And I have a conundrum: do I risk booking tickets to venture down for the preview and opening, and risk getting stuck, or do I hold off for a few weeks to get a lay of the land?

We'll see.

Also: I believe they're exhibiting some of my photos in quite large dimensions, but I'm in the odd position to have no idea at this stage which ones they've chosen: so, on one hand it's a bit of a dream come true for me, while on the other I feel like a kid before Christmas with no idea what I'm going to get...

COVID times, hey?

Thursday, June 03, 2021

Uppercase love

 Many times over the years since I discovered Uppercase magazine, and bought the first copy way back in 2009, I have professed my love for it. (I even have a bit of linky love for it on my sidebar: and occasionally consider creating a whole new blog category for it. And, even when times were damned tough over the years I've always managed to magic the cost of my subscription out of my annual budget).

So when I noted that the May mini makers prompt for 28 May was 'Paperclip challenge', my first thought was the recent stationery issue that had arrived, more specifically the subscriber card insert that (as always) was tucked inside with a back printed with the theme pattern for the issue. Which I had safely put away in stash with the rest of my collection of lovely patterned card for future inspiration.

And I hatched a plan to make some paperclip-themed stationery (mentioned vaguely last weekfor the paperclip challenge, and was rather pleased with the result:

One-twelfth scale modern miniature stationery made of paperclip-themed card, including a storage box, stationery tray and four notebooks. Leaning against the storage box is a full-sized paperclip for scale.
So, it seemed, was Janine from Uppercase magazine:
Instagram post of a selection of one-twelfth scale miniature stationery supplies with a paperclip theme, with a comment 'aaaaahhg, cuteness alert! @amcsviatko made *super tiny* office accessories by repurposing the subscribe card from issue 48 of UPPERCASE magazine. My readers are the most talented and creative bunch, ever! 😍'
which quite made my morning, and reminded me that I had a evil plan to convince her that volume 'M' of her Encyclopedia of inspiration has to be 'miniature'.

It also made me think that it might be high time to round up all the scenes I've created so far using her subscribe cards, and pull the rest out of stash to see what ideas they give me.

So here we go:

In March 2017, I used one of the cards as a wall panel in Bluebird Cafe.
One-twelfth scale modern miniature cafe corner with a table, a menu in a bird-cage shaped holder, a jug of flowers and a bench seat with cushions.
From May the same year, I threw together a quick scene using a card advertising her second range for Wyndham fabrics.
One-twelfth scale miniature benchtop scene with various white decor items in front of a wall tiles with random geometric patterns
Then in November, the card from issue 35 inspired a whole co-working space.
One-twelfth scale modern miniature co-working space with a high table, round table, storage and kitchen area and screen made of breeze blocks.

So yes,high time I made some more scenes inspired by these seemingly-ephemeral gifts.

And worked out a way to ensure 'M' is for miniature!

Monday, May 31, 2021

Feeling smug about my Smeg!

I mentioned yesterday that I'd been spray painting a few more things than just the Lori fridge, and today I finished them.

The most exciting is another fridge: my new Smeg!

One-twelfth scale modern miniature retro Smeg fridge with a had next to it for scale.
I've been wanting a black fridge for a while, and had been lusting after the Lundby fridge, except I couldn't justify the price, especially for something that's slightly smaller than it should be.

So when I spotted a 1/12 scale kitchen kit which included a suitable fridge, at a much cheaper price than the Lundby fridge, I decided it would make an excellent birthday treat to myself.

Also on the spray paint trolley were some bathroom fittings for a future build, and various other accessories that got a makeover.

And when I brought them all back upstairs this afternoon, I realised I may have just accidentally created a miniature Harvey Norman showroom!
Two one-twelfth scale modern miniature fridges,a bath, a toilet and a basin displayed in a line. On top of the fridges are a collection of jars and vases.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

What's cooking?

 A trip to Kaisercraft earlier in the week lead to some new papers from their discounted ranges being added to my stash, two of which called to become the start of a modern kitchen with tiled floor and Corian terrazo benchtop.

It's not a quick build, as I'm putting together the benchtop and cupboards, and also spray painting one of my Lori fridges from its original brown.

One-twelfth scale fridge and half-built cupboard unit on a table top with glue and a tray of accessories next to it.
But that's OK, I've still got almost two days leave before I return to work, so I have the time.

And while I wait for glue to dry, I've pulled out some accessories I think might work for the look I'm going for,
Flat lay of one-twelfth scale modern miniature accessories in brown, copper and rust colours.
and made a mosaic splashback with tiles given to me by Sandra.
Mosaic made with tiny glass tiles, with tweezers to show size.
(Which I'm now thinking won't quite work with the rest of the pieces I have chosen, so may have to be tucked away for another scene...)

Since I had the spray paint out, I've also painted a number of other things that have been waiting patiently for my attention: and have a couple more scenes percolating away while I finish this one...

Friday, May 28, 2021

Screen time

Way back at the beginning of 2017, I bought some laser-cut bookmarks, intending to turn them into a screen when I got around to buying some hinges.

This week I got fed up with seeing them in my stash of things to make, and decided to go for the blog-ready approach with the help of some duct tape. 

One-twelfth scale modern miniature art-deco inspired dining room with leopard-print carpet and chrome table, chairs and book shelf. To the left is a screen with a cut out flower and leaf design.
The other night at 3am my helpful brain suggested it would fit well in an art-deco inspired room, which would mean I could (finally) also use the IKEA Christmas lights I bought in December 2019, and also one of the feves I bought myself as a birthday treat.

The leopard-print carpet, last seen in 2011, was an unexpected addition, and moved the scene into more of an Elle-Decor modern take on art deco.
One-twelfth scale modern miniature art-deco inspired dining room with leopard-print carpet and chrome table, chairs and book shelf.
Corner of a one-twelfth scale modern miniature art-deco inspired room, with a chrome and glass bookshelf containing various ornaments, books and a hanging planet.
One-twelfth scale modern miniature art-deco inspired room, with a chrome and glass bookshelf next to a fireplace displaying a selection of art-deco ornaments in silver and gold.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

May be minis...

 At the beginning of the month I had hoped to find space to focus on miniatures a bit more, and had toyed with the idea of setting myself another mini challenge, like Daily Dolls' House December.

I even had a name lined up: 'May be minis'.

But then reason prevailed and I decided that that way lay almost certain failure and disappointment. So instead I embraced the May mini makers challenge on Instagram, telling myself it was perfectly acceptable to reuse old photos, and hoping that once my homeversary and birthday leave rolled around I might find myself spending more time in the studio (even though it's on the dark and cold side of the flat...)

And so I am. And yesterday I not only created a brand new scene for the daily theme of 'on the shelf', but also made some minis and photographed them for a theme later in the week.

One-twelfth scale modern miniature scene with a mid-century modern cupboard unit and chair. On the unit is a variety of decorative objects including storage drawers, books, vases and a pot plant. On the wall is a picture with the words 'Amazing things will happen' and a dolls' house shadow box.
Using, happily, a number of gifts from blog buddies, friends, and fellow miniaturists, including Mod Pod Miniatures, Kitty and Kat MiniaturesSandra and Minis by Twinmum plus some birthday treats I bought myself.