I decided, last minute, to go to the Autumn Miniatura this weekend. My life has been one big grind recently so it was nice to get away and indulge in my hobby. Despite the fact that the majority of sellers have traditional items for sale ~ Medieval, Victorian, Renaissance ~ I still love to see them. I spent a good hour talking to different Artisans about their work. That sort of collected experience in one room is something you won't find anywhere else.
There were a few new sellers, some old friends. The weekend was a blast.
I took a few photographs to show you. This was the queue at 9.55am, five minutes before opening time.
The Guild of Miniature Needle Arts displayed their work for the very last time this year. I'm rubbish at needlework so watching those dear octogenarian ladies work was something to behold.
One of my favourite Artisans, Kim Selwood , had a fabulous display. He makes miniature replicas of well know furniture designs as well as taking on one-off commissions.
I really liked the painting technique applied to these pieces of furniture. They looked as if they had been carved from stone.
Elizabeth from Elf Miniatures brought a fabulous collection of modern furniture, accessories, bathroom and kitchen units.
This is the first time I have met Ursula Sturmer from Mitiatur Juwelier. What a lovely lady she is. She explained that she makes miniature jewelry as a hobby rather than a business and only sells items at fairs. If you want any of her designs, you can contact her via email ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
I bought a beautiful necklace and matching bracelet from her which, if you want to display on a figure, can be carefully curved around limbs and neck so they sit realistically.
I have to say at this point of the day I became extremely aggravated by a comment from a belligerent lady standing next to me at Ursula's stand. She made the comment that she would not spend £25 pounds on a life-size necklace, let alone a miniature one. Of course you wouldn't, you ass! Life size jewelry is often mass produced by machine. If you consider that the national minimum wage per hour in England is £6.08, the cost of materials, the time spent on it's manufacture, the fact that it is a one-of-a-kind design and then the infinite talent used to create such an item, £25 does not begin to cover it. If you have decided to engage in this fabulous world of miniature collecting, then be prepared to pay the money.
A short break, a chocolate muffin to sweeten my temperament and I was back out there =0)
This Lady from The Little Doll House Company in Canada was as cheery as her smile. It's great to meet people who are genuinely excited about miniatures as their customers. I bought a teeny silver aeroplane desk ornament and wood saw from her. It's great when Artisan items from around the world are on display at Miniatura.
John Lewthwaite from Glorious Twelfth (sorry, there is no website) has been missing from the miniature scene for over a decade. He decided to exhibit again this year to show off his fabulous Maypole Coaching Inn.
I took a picture of these chimney's because it reminded me of the fine detail in Otterine's
Haunted Heritage. John is an extremely interesting Artisan to talk to and spent a great deal of time explaining how each section of the Coaching Inn was constructed.
The opening casement windows are fantastic.
That's it for the photographs from the fair. Now that I'm refreshed, inspired and have a whole day to myself, I'm going to get back to miniature making.
Have a great weekend