Needless to say it was fantastic - a chance to meet the wonderfully charming and extraordinary Kristin Baybars (video including Kristin here) and then a fair brimming with super talented miniature artisans.
So, a few photographs of the fair and a selection of my purchases.
First day - Hubby outside Kristins' shop, just over two miles north of Kings Cross if you ever want to visit. I spent over an hour chatting and taking a tour of the thousand plus miniatures Kristin has on display and for sale. I felt quite sad leaving. It struck me how isolated Kristin is given that only the most ardent of miniaturist would seek out her shop. It's her eightieth Birthday in December so I thought it would be lovely to send her a Birthday or Christmas card to show her that the miniature community is alive and kicking. The shop address is:
7 Mansfield Road, London. NW3 2JD if you could take a moment out of your day to send her some good wishes =0)
Second day - the festival.
I'll just mention here that it is always courtious to ask if you can take photographs first. Jens thanked me for asking and gave me that beautiful smile =0) His work is exquisite. I really, really, really wanted that French Horn even though I have nowhere to put it...
Mulvany and Rogers had a stunning room box on display. I wanted to ask if they had any plans to bring out a second book of their work, but a queue around their table made it nigh impossible. My Hubby had to shout to Susie to ask if we could take this picture...well he has the loudest voice of anyone I know.
Patrizia is a favourite of mine. I LOVE her work as you can see by how many items I bought at the show =0)
I love that Patrizia puts the shoes in a box and bag for you, like in a real life shoe shop =0P
Truly Scrumtious are another favourite. I managed to get some fabulous items for my shed project.
You got your purchases in this sweet 'house' box =0)
I bought just the sweetest worn out bear and bunny from these lovely ladies.
Dominique from DominoMiniatures makes luggage, bags and accessories from a variety of materials. I bought a set made from chicken leg skin O-O It sounds weird, right? but it looks amazing
I bought quite a few of David's miniatures. They really are beautifully made.
I could not decide between the red or cream Anglepoise, so I got both =0P
Montserrat Folch had some wonderful items. I bought some boxes and books and I recieved some extra gifts too, which I thought was a lovely gesture =0)
More items for my shed courtesy of L & A St.Leger.
Even more items for the shed. I have to say I was thrilled to get this because it was the last one. By Piamini (email - no site)
The items below are made by Vitreus Ignis It is unbelievably intricate. The bull is barely 10mm high.
The vase reacts to sunlight and when you turn off the lights - look what happens. How freakin' cool is that! =0D
A few more photos.
Hope you've had a good weekend