Monday, 5 October 2015

Autumn Miniatura 2015

I try to take as many photos as I can when visiting miniature fairs, to share and keep as a reminder of a fab day. Unfortunately the ride down there was dogged with 210 miles of road works, heavy traffic due to the Rugby World cup and being caught behind what seemed like a billion motorcyclists attending the Ride to the wall rally . Literally a billion.
No complaints here, I just wish I had planned the journey better such as travelling the day before or inventing a teleporter. So less time = less photos.

More than anything I was looking forward to seeing TYA kitchen who were attending Miniatura. When I got to their table I was quite taken aback. Yukio-San asked through a translator if I had recently posted a comment on their blog asking them to visit the UK. (Yes, yes I had) It was weird because later, another seller recognised me and I started wondering whether my face had appeared on crime-stoppers and I hadn't realised. The translator was a lovely lady working with a crew covering the show for Japanese Television and kindly helped me tell Yukio-San and Asako-San how much I admired their work. They are such an adorable and talented couple.











Their table was popular and needless to say, I spent the majority of my budget there. I hope TYA kitchen come to the UK again and that the show organisers continue to attract sellers from across the globe. For many collectors, it is their only opportunity to see them.

Here's my haul =0D



The other photos I took were of Glorious Twelfth. John Lewthwaite, the very talented mind behind these historically accurate buildings, is a lovely gent to talk to. He always spends a great deal of time explaining the history behind his designs and how he makes them. I always profess a love of modern above everything else but if I were to buy a historical building, this would have been it.






 The windows are acid etched metal which John has made. Just fabulous!


Well that is about it. 
Have a lovely week
Pepper =0)

58 comments:

  1. Carol, your buys are fantastic! Not just the stainless steel furniture - but look at these pots and all. Please let me know when she is next on the continent... need to have, at least some pots...

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    1. Hi Marion, you can buy their stuff through the first link but you need to translate the page. I will keep an eye out though =0)

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  2. Hi Pepper,
    thanks for these fantastic pictures! these historically buildings are stunning, also, TYA kitchen does perfect miniatures, but your haul is the best! Enjoy furnishing your new kitchen :-)

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    1. Thanks. I may be in the kitchen a while =0P

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  3. OOOOOOhhhhhhhhh........ Just plain OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOhhhhhhhh!!!!!
    Incredible Stuff!!!

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    1. Ha, that's the noise that came out of my mouth too =0D

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  4. Hello Pepper,
    Now that is a shopping spree. The kitchen item you purchased are amazing! Gorgeous!
    The buildings are fantastic. What wonderful artists.
    Big hug,
    Giac

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    1. They really are very talented. Well, all of the sellers are. Just so much to see, you can't take it in =0)

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  5. Aah, too bad the traffic was so busy Pepper (and I totally agree a billion motorcyclists is a bit much and I wonder if they've had a licence for occupying the road with so many? :p haha), but how amazing that TYA Kitchen had come all the way from Japan, haha I can imagine you started wondering what you'd missed, feeling a bit uncomfortable ;). And what great finds you have there, they look so perfect! Are they for your loft? Oeh, I love Glorious Twelve a lot and that building looks amazing! I can imagine you had a great time, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Monique. I don't actually have a building to put the kitchen items in but you know what it's like. Buy them first, then build something to put them in =0D

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  6. I cannot imagine all that traffic, what a nightmare! That is a long drive too.
    What a wonderful story about TYA Kitchens. You must have been thrilled when they appeared on the dealers list for the show. GREAT purchases from them. I can't wait to see how you are going to use them.
    I would LOVE to see that building from Glorious Twelfth. That is just amazing. I have so many questions I would like to ask them.

    Thank you for sharing all these wonderful pictures.

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    1. I see you are not familiar with British roads Catherine. Traffic and road works are synonymous with the UK =0P
      Every time I see John, I ask a load of questions. I wish I could watch him work for a couple of weeks =0)

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  7. Dear Pepper, Thank you, Thank you for showing us the work of TYA kitchens - love the coffee machine but it all looks amazing.
    The work of Glorious Twelfth is an art form.
    What a marvellous day to experience all those treasures and to take some home with you too!
    regards Janine

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    1. Thanks Janine. I was so thrilled to see TYA, well all of the sellers actually. It was a fab day, thank you =0)

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  8. Thank you for all the pictures! I love TYA Kitchens and I love what you purchased! And the acid etched metal windows are really quite beautiful as well. And if this was the show that conflicted with your husband's birthday, I hope he still had a good celebration!

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    1. Hubby celebrated A LOT, when we got home ;0P

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  9. Wow love the sleek mini stainless steel. I feel like I got to go too due to your sharing. I think you are recognized in the world wide mini web! CM

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    1. It must be cos I attend so many shows CM. I think I'm just a regular face =0)

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  10. Bonjour Pepper,
    Merci pour les photos!
    Dominique

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    1. Vous êtes les bienvenus Dominique =0)

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  11. Que cosas tan bonitas...pero esos cristales emplomados.. .fabulosos.
    Un abrazo
    Maite

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  12. Que cosas tan bonitas...pero esos cristales emplomados.. .fabulosos.
    Un abrazo
    Maite

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    1. Fue un espectáculo maravilloso. Gracias Maite =0)

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  13. WOWWOWWOWWOW, those kitchens, the perfect food and kitchen utensils and what to think of those old perfectly built houses, awesome!!!
    Thanks for sharing these gorgeous pictures, Pepper, they are real sources of inspiration for all of us ;D! I like your purchases, enjoy it all :)!
    I think you're right to say that miniature show organisers will continue to attract sellers from across the globe ;O
    Hugs, Ilona

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    1. I really hope so IIona. I hate flying so this is really the best way to see people from across the globe =0)

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  14. I'll say, 1:12 scale has the best stuff ever. I work in 1:6, but my husband keeps trying to convince me to go to 1:12 so I can have more stuff in less space. If the dolls were more like fashion dolls, I would go there.

    I love your haul. So nice.

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    1. That's exactly why I keep to 12th scale Janainah. My house is just big enough to squeeze the small scale stuff in, otherwise I would probably join you in the bigger scales =0)

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  15. HI Pepper,
    I am dying over those copper pots and pans...their work is so amazing...breathtaking really. Congrats on your amazing haul! :)
    Farrah :)

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    1. They are so fabulous aren't they. People were literally losing it at their table trying to buy everything =0D

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  16. Me quede maravillada . Cuantas cosas hermosas
    Besos

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    1. Fue un excelente espectáculo Rosa =0)

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  17. I can truly see why you wanted TYA kitchen to come to that fair... their pieces are incredible! And you've made some very good choices out of these treasures - and what fun to be famous! You're a VIM (= Very Important Miniaturist)! *LOL* Thanks for showing this truly amazing house... this is a true "When I'm going to win in the lottery then I will..." - but although it's out of reach it's still fun to look at it as the piece of art and craftmanship it in fact is. Thanks for sharing the pictures!

    Hugs
    Birgit

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    1. Ha, not VIM but I must have one of those faces that people recognise. Not very good when I'm in hiding though ;0P =0D

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  18. Good Morning Pepper! If you had to be limited to just a few pictures, these were the ones that captured MY imagination. Both are truly wonderful artists, and the pictures came out perfect. I wish my "travel pics" would come out half that well.

    Of course, I am a history lover, so I am totally wowed by the work of John Lewthwaite. In fact, I find myself drooling! Beautiful stuff. But I am also blown away by the incredible detail that Yukio-San creates. I am afraid my wallet would suffer if I got anywhere near that table too!

    I am enamored with your purchases...I can't wait to see them "in situ". I am guessing they go into your current modern loft project...where they would be better than perfect...but you couldn't go very wrong putting them into just about any project.

    Great post! Enjoyed seeing the work of these wonderful artists.

    Doug

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    1. Hi Doug. You know I don't actually have a space for them yet. It was one of those 'I have to have them' purchases because you don't get to see the international sellers very often. John is a really interesting guy and it's lovely that he reads about and visits historic buildings so that his models are perfect =0)

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  19. Thank you for these great photos! and thank you for the link for TYA kitchen, thir miniatures are fantastic.
    Geneviève

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    1. Your very welcome Geneviève. Will TYA be on your shopping list? =0D

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  20. Thanks for sharing! TYA's kitchen pieces are stunning. Nice haul!

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    1. They really are. I was really impressed with how finely the steel is shaped and folded =0)

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  21. Wow! Those kitchen pieces were like restaurant quality! I can see someone creating a restaurant or hotel setting with them. And the beautiful Victorian structure is flawless.

    What are you creating with the kitchen pieces?

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    1. Hi Bennzz61, I honestly don't know. It was one of those 'must have it' purchases but as you say, they would look really good in a large kitchen. Maybe a diner or pub *shrugs* =0)

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  22. Ooooohhhhhhh, WOW. Amazing. Thanks for taking pics and sharing with us. You brought home the makings of a gorgeous kitchen, I can't wait to see what you do with them.

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    1. I just had to get them even though I don't have a kitchen to put them in. I'll get around to it eventually ;0P

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  23. Вау! Ваш улов грандиозный! Я вас поздравляю!!! Миниатюры прекрасны! Они сделаны очень реалистично! Я очень сожалею, что в Украине не бывает подобных ярмарок!
    Татьяна

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    1. Мы очень повезло, что есть три основных ярмарки здесь, Татьяна. Я просто счастлив, что я не нужно ехать далеко, и что некоторые прекрасные миниатюристов посетить нас от других стран
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  24. Hi Pepper
    I never feel very confident to take photographs at Miniatura, but seeing your pictures brings back the great memories of the day. The TYA stand was a joy to see, and I love your purchases.
    Jayne c

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    1. Hi Jayne, the first time I was really nervous about asking to take photos in case I offended someone but 99% are happy for you to do it. The problem now is to get a clear shot when everyone crowds around the tables. You have to be fast ;0P
      I probably bumped into you without knowing it =0D

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  25. Great haul, Pepper! I really look forward to seeing these items installed. So cool! xo Jennifer

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    1. Me too Jennifer. Just need to build something to put them in now =0D

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  26. a deep SIGH......
    along with much Mini Envy for all of those Exceptional kitchen items! :D

    On another note, I have often wondered how complicated it must be for international artists in managing customers when having to go through translators to do business in a foreign country. I think that it is really brave when you don't know the language. Yet how Wonderful that your comment was remembered, as well as your request for them to come to the show to become a reality!

    elizabeth

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    1. Hi Elizabeth, I've found the international sellers are very savy with customers and tend to have a very good grasp of English...unlike us with other languages (which is quite shameful). You hand over the goods, they calculate the cost and then show you the price on a calculator. Quite a few of them bring videos so you can see how they make things (negating the need to ask) and they often bring friends on their first outing to help them translate. Funny, this past fair my Hubby comented at how fabulous Elizabeth Causeret was with English after just a few years. I tend to take my phone with a translating app to help me and I practice a few phrases so I don't look completely ignorant =0)

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    2. Good for you and What a terrific idea to bring along a translating app!
      I still use the OLD-FASHIONED flip phone with numbered buttons ( can you believe it?) and so I forget that just because I'm still living in the dark ages, most others are not! :))
      Even so I've heard that Japanese is one of the most difficult languages to master, so listening to you practice should sound rather..... interesting ? :D

      elizabeth

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