Sunday, 23 September 2012

Autumn Miniatura 2012

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 ~ stuermerelz@web.de



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

Pepper =0)










  

56 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great photos! Elizabeth's ELF display is terrific - I love the dolls waiting to serve at the counters! Great to see some fantastic new pieces from Kim Selwood, and what a wonderful Tudor Inn - I love the brickwork.
    The woman who made that comment about not spending £25 on a real necklace is, of course, entitled to her own opinions - but many pieces of real jewellery cost far more than that! It seems a very reasonable price for such delicate tiny work, to me.
    PS Why was the Guild of Miniature Needle Arts displaying for the last time? Are they all in their 80s? surely not?!

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    1. Hi Rebecca,
      the Lady displaying the Guild of Miniature Needle Art said they had decided as a group to retire from exhibiting. I imagine it's a long way to travel and a lot of expense considering they don't sell their items. I do hope that a younger generation will be inspired and take up the reins =0)

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  2. Great photos, thank you! I love the embroidered quilt, it is exquisite!
    I had to smile when I read about the comment the woman made about the price of the jewelry. I thought you only had people like that in Holland ;-) I so agree with you though! Add to that cost of materials, traveling, table rent etc., and I think it is quite cheap! I bought a necklace from her a few months ago, they're so pretty and beautifully made. I also adored the doll she had on her table, made by Carabosse Dolls.
    The coaching Inn is also a beauty. Love the chimneypots and the brickwork on the fireplace. Beautiful windows!

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    1. Hey Josje,
      unfortunately I think there are people from every country who don't appreciate the skill of the artisans who exhibit. Maybe the woman had never made anything of her own and doesn't realise what goes into making something like that =0/

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  3. How fun! I love going to the mini shows around here even if I don't intend to buy because it's just great to be around all the minis!!! I adore the woman from The Little Dollhouse Company. She is so sweet. :D That chimney is indeed wonderful! Thanks for sharing your trip.

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    1. Me too =0) I could happily wander around the stalls and chat to the makers without buying anything =0)

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  4. Wow!! This is a fantastic fair!!
    Bye Faby

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  5. Thank you so much for all these great photos from the show. I loved getting to see them all. I can't imagine living so close to a show sight you can choose to go at the last minute.

    I love the Coaching Inn, it's chimney pots, windows and fireplace. What an incredibly beautiful house. The quilt is gorgeous. I had to blow it up for a closer look at those beautiful embroidered birds.

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    1. Hi Catherine,
      luckily I'm only 3 hours away. The Coaching Inn was one of my favourite buildings at the show =0)

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  6. Thanks for sharing your show photos. That jewelry is beautiful and she's selling herself short in my opinion. Some people expect the prices to be line with the mass produced junk they find at a every big retailer and are thrown off at shows. It bothers me when they insult the artist to their faces through sheer ignorance. These mini vendors develop pretty strong backbones and she's probably got some stories that'd make you cringe (sadly).

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    1. Hi there,
      I hope never to hear another comment like that at a show. I actually felt ashamed that she was one of my Countrywomen. Very poor manners =0(

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  7. Wonderful Pics! I have never been to a Miniatures Fair... so I LOVE to look over the shoulders of those who have! Thanks for sharing! The needlework is Awe-inspiring... as is that Coaching Inn!

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    1. I hope you get to visit a show soon, Daydreamer. I'd like to think everyone gets the chance at least once in a lifetime =0)

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  8. What a fabulous show you were able to attend! Such talented artisans all! :)

    I recently did my first show and was worried about receiving rude comments such as that woman... thankfully, there were none! :)

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    1. Hi Dale,
      I'm pleased that your first show was a success and that you didn't have to put up with any rude comments. And rightly so...your items are fabulous =0)

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  9. Thank you for showing us these picture. I won't be able to go to any miniature shows this year and I love to see other people's postings about it.
    Christine

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    1. Hi Christine,
      I love to see others post about shows too. Gives me a chance to live vicariously and see miniatures that otherwise, I wouldn't get to see =0)

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  10. Hola Pepper, gracias por tantas y buenas fotos! Espero que hayas disfrutado
    Un abrazo
    GRACIAS por no tener palabra de verificación

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    1. Me lo pasé genial, gracias Rosamargarita

      Odio a la verificación de la palabra. Nunca tiene sentido para mí. =0(

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  11. Thanks for all the great photos, i really wish that I was able to get to the Autumn show this year, but I had to work! You're photos helped bring back some happy memories from previous shows I have been to. The Coaching Inn is beautiful! I wish I could have seen it in person. The Autumn show is always a good one, Oh well, there is always next spring to look forward to.

    Glad you had a nice time at the show!

    regards
    Andy

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    1. Aww Andy, you work too hard =0(

      I hope you get a chance to see the Coaching Inn. It really is beautiful =0)

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  12. What a great post! I went to miniatura on saturday too and recognise most of the stalls you wrote about! especially the miniature jeweller (I wrote a blog post about her too: http://www.victoriastitch.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/miniature-jeweller.html ) I also remember the american lady- she was so cheerful! There was an amazing multicoloured string of twinkling fairylights I wanted to buy from her but it was between that and the miniature jewellery and the miniature jewellery won!

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    1. Hey there VS,
      I found it so hard not to buy more from Ursula. Man, I didn't see the fairy lights =0( There just so much to see you sometimes can't take it all in.

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  13. Hi Pepper, I'm so glad that the fair refreshed and inspired you. I went to the Seattle miniatures fair yesterday and had a ball too! You met some incredible artisans--congrats on your fantastic photos and lovely post! xo Jennifer

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    1. Hiya sweets,
      Did you spend a fortune? ;0) I seriously wish I could go to a show every weekend just to see and natter =0)

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  14. Hi Carol! Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful pictures, so much art work to see. I hope to visit in October the big fair in Apeldoorn with many international artisans and to go there to enjoy like you did on the fair Miniatura!! The Inn is gorgeous, oh how I would love to see that with my own eyes! An rude and impolite people: unfortunately they are everywhere :(! You've made my day!
    Greetings, Ilona

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    1. Hi IIona =0)

      I wish I could come with you to Apeldoorn. Hope you have a great time!

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  15. I was in the epic queue (at the back!) at the same time! If only I'd known, I'd have tracked you down to say hello in person. :)
    The Glorious twelfth house was breath taking!
    Kat x

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    1. What? Aww man. If I'd known you were going or who you were in the crowd I would have high-fived you in that ruddy long queue. That would have livened up the long wait =0)

      Did you spend a fortune or were you a good girl? Ha-ha

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  16. I just forgot things for a few moments and was swept away in your post and pictures. I live in the US and know I will never attend one of these wonderful shows. I have been to only 1 in my life and even was a seller. I had so much fun. Spent all the money I made and more. I was in my dream world. It is a memory that I treasure now. And you are right part of the decision to buy was the artist too. But I found most very willing to share how they do their wonderful art and it made it more exciting to have it in my collection. I am so glad I came today to be part of your sharing. Alisa

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    1. Hi Alisa, thanks for dropping in. I know how much I love to see photographs from miniature fairs around the world so I always try to take a few pictures when I visit. It sounds like you had a fabulous time when you went. Maybe one day you might visit England and I'll see you at the fair =0)

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  17. Hello Pepper,
    Oh thank you for the great pictures! The show looks wonderful! Going to miniatures hows in europe and Chicagop are at the top of my bucket list. We have a few great ones who carry top quality items at the Montreal show, including The Little Dollhouse Company, but you can count them on one hand.
    I'm glad you had fun,
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. Hi Giac,
      It's a shame there aren't more shows. Maybe you'll think of exhibiting...=0)

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  18. Thanks for the pictures. I wish I had been there with you! I see some items I would have snapped up.

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    1. I wish you had been here with me =0)

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  19. I couldn't resist sending Maria Fowler of The Little Dollhouse Company a link to your blog. Her wonderful smile and cheery disposition make shopping at her stall a great pleasure.
    Anne

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    1. Maria really is a sweet lady...and very helpful. I hope she keeps coming to England for the shows =0)

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  20. I absolutely MUST make it down to the 'big' Miniatura one of these days. The Scottish one used to be excellent but it just isn't the same these days and hardly any of the big names come up for it any more. :(

    Oh and I know it was ages ago but thanks for the head's up about the formica samples - thanks to that I've spent the last couple of weeks sending off for free samples of just about everything you can get online! XD

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    1. Hi L.A.S,
      I'm actually closer to Scotland than the Midlands. It would be great to have a big show closer to home but exhibitors tend to from the south. I think they're afraid they'll get lost up here ha-ha =0)

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    2. Well it's a well known fact that it takes longer to go north than it does south! :P

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  21. Hi Rebecca,
    Just saw your Pant Rocker on Call of the Small. It's wonderful! How would I order one? And what is the price? Looking forward to your reply to dorisnathanson14@gmail.com.
    Love your blog...keep going!
    Doris Nathanson
    minimodernistas.com

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    1. Hey Doris, I've sent you an email x

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  22. I just love that piece on 72 count silk gauze by Dorothy Walker! Thank you for sharing the pictures and your story! Mini hugs, Natalia

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    1. Hi Natalia, the embroidery was really beautiful =0)

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  23. Wonderful Fair, thank you for sharing!
    Hugs
    Kikka

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  24. Thanks for the write up and photos. I've not been to Miniatura but have been to some of the other bigger fairs like York and Stafford. Miniatura is something else though...

    I'm saddened but not surprised with the comment from the rude lady about the jewellery. Unfortunately I think some collectors have got too used to the cheap prices of the Chinese imports and can't recognise the difference in an artisan made, quality piece. It's so hard to get people to pay what these items are worth. Like you say, £25 for quality and craftsmanship like that doesn't even begin to cover it.
    Jennifer,

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    1. Hey Jennifer,
      what I don't understand is that visitors know that it's an Artisan fair and they pay up to £11 pounds to get in. So surely they know what to expect.

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    2. I agree, it is pretty hard to understand! Just looking at the list of exhibitors you know you're going to be looking at top quality items. World class in some cases.

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  25. Hi Pepper,

    Thanks for the tour, I really enjoyed it. That ridiculous woman I think deserves to be wearing nothing but cheap chinese rubbish. I can only think that a person like that has never sat down to craft a single thing in their lives. I am always so amazed at how little artists charge for work that must take them far longer than the price suggests.

    I just love the fire places and chimney stacks, incredible.

    ML Fi xx

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    1. Totally agree Fi. I think many Artisans undersell themselves but because they love the hobby so much, they want to share their work =0)

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  26. Thank you very much for the photos, is a way to get a bit closer to the fairs. I'd love to go someday.!!
    Hugs

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  27. Thanks for these photos, I have been to Miniatura once. It was HECTIC :D So it is lovely to see Miniatura from the quiet comfort of home :D

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