Saturday, May 01, 2021

A visitor and a trip

 In a turn-up for the books, I currently have my old Kaleidoscope House sitting in my garage.

Colourful perspex Kaleidoscope dolls' house sitting in a garage under a dropcloth.

(I never mentioned here that I sold it, come to think of it: but it was in that crazy time just after I'd bought this place and realised it wasn't going to fit anywhere here, which was very sad. Luckily a friend had always said she'd buy it off me if I ever decided to sell, so it's been living with her ever since, just one suburb down the hill from here).

No, I haven't magically found room for it (alas): rather National Trust Victoria is working on an exhibition at Como House in Melbourne (which looks like a dolls' house!) running from June to August this year (pandemic allowing: and also nicely timed to fit around the VAME show, assuming that goes ahead).

Details are still sketchy at this stage, but I've been told it will cover miniatures across many realms: from their history in Australia to creators, and more virtual approaches like games and social media, and I know that James from Victorian Dollhouses is currently building a Melbourne terrace house for it.

They contacted me asking if it was possible to have the Kaleidoscope House in it. Friend and I both said yes, which means that today I'm hunting down and pulling out the furniture from the various spots I stashed it, and having a wee mope.

Collection of brightly-coloured one-twelfth scale modern miniature furniture and accessories laid out on a dining table.
Tomorrow I'll be creating an inventory of it all, trying to work out what it's worth for insurance purposes (very hard when many pieces are either one-of-a-kind, or well out of production), and packing it all up.

We're also in discussion on another way I might be involved. Stay tuned for more details...

1 comment :

Jodi Hippler said...

The next best thing to owning it is still getting to play with it! Followed by getting to be involved in sharing it! Nice! Hope the pandemic goes off into the sunset and that the exhibit can happen as planned!