This year, I managed to get to the Sydney Miniatures and Dolls House Fair - 3 weeks ago now, on the 1st weekend in May. I went on both days - Saturday from about midday, and Sunday late in the afternoon.
Here are some photos of things that caught my eye.
Right inside the door, DolArtistry had a pumpkin or gourd house, with a turtle moving house just to the left of it:
On the maroon cloth, a miniature gourd lady making gourd houses, with other fictional and historical characters nearby:
A great display by Bill Maguire of Leprechaun Models:
Bill was displaying these, not selling them, and he told me that he is also shows them in schools (especially the Tudor houses), and explains to the kids what houses were like then, and where we get words like 'threshhold' and 'chairman'. His card, B. & V. Architectural Models, mentions scale models for things like development applications and architects presentations.
I would have loved to buy one of his houses - they're made of cardboard, so they're light, and they're small scale, so wouldn't take up much room. The Queenslander at the end of the display did not have an accessible interior, but look at the detailing in the interior of some of the other houses:
The roof and the upper storey lift off in this house, giving access to both floors.
An A-frame house with just one floor:
Here are some other exhibits - a garage with a sports car (if this had the name of the exhibitor, I didn't get it, sorry):
A 1/48th (quarter inch) scale tower by Elizabeth Barnes, and a room by Dawn Watson:
A scene by Marion Hesketh:
Jody and Sarah's Rainy Day, by Rhonda McDonald:
A multi-storey building housed in JazWare's Room by Room, which was made by Felicity (aged 12) and Emma (aged 10), and includes the Pendington-Smythe Bakery and the Willow Tree Tea Rooms. Some of the dolls and furnishings are vintage - can you see the little costume dolls in the central room, and the larger one in the bakery?
Diva's display houses deserve a post of their own, so here are some shots of miniaturist stalls.
Right at the back, Geoff Nott and friend were making trees:
I don't know if Geoff Nott has a website - I found some better photos of his work online, though.
Elizabeth Barnes' stall:
(At the back, on the right, is a stall I bought some flowers from.)
And a closeup of her 1/48th or quarter inch scale Senrabe miniatures:
On Adelaide's Miniatures' stall were these great displays:
On Kim's Miniatures' stall was some fabulous miniature marquetry:
The Shopping Sherpa posted about Kim's Miniatures' scrumptious food - you can see the tables with chocolates being made in the middle of this photo. My sister bought some potatoes here - I bought some Nana crochet rugs and some cake tins, which I will show in another post ...
And here is The Shopping Sherpa's stall:
Yes, Anna-Maria and I met, in the flesh! (Thank you, Norma of make mine mini, for taking photos of us!)
I'm oohing and aahing about the towel in the bathroom of her Tomy Smaller Home (which went home with me ...)
More soon - my buys, and Diva's houses!
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