A MINIATURE WORLD
By Ann Evans
Photos by Rob Tysall, Tysall’s Photography.
Prepare to be amazed! Miniatura, the country’s biggest and best show for all things tiny, will be at the NEC, Birmingham again on October 1st and 2nd 2016. The show brings together the very best artisans from the world of miniatures who are skilled in creating lifelike replicas of everyday objects.
Miniatura was founded in 1983 by Bob and Muriel Hopwood and their son Andy, and is dedicated to the fascinating hobby of domestic modelling in 1/12th scales (1 inch to the foot), 1/24th, 1/48th right down to 1/144th.
The accuracy and attention to detail has to be seen to be believed. And it seems there’s nothing that these skilled craftspeople won’t recreate in miniature. You’ll marvel at the detail of miniature oil paintings, books, exquisite carpentry, delicate filigree and lace, woven carpets and tapestries, metalwork, glass, porcelain, copper and silver work, chandeliers, clocks, plants, food and even pets. Everything in fact that you might find in someone’s home.
These dolls houses and furnishings aren’t just from the 20th and 21st centuries but from all periods of history – Medieval, Elizabethan, Victorian, Georgian as well as fantasy worlds of castles and tree-houses and lots more. The imaginations of these miniaturists is as incredible as their skilled precision and you’ll even find find furnished dolls houses inside dolls houses.
Miniatura has gone from strength to strength over the years as the interest in dolls houses has grown worldwide amongst discerning adults. In fact the hobby is believed to account for around a quarter of the traditional toy-making sector, and there are currently more than 400 independent craft businesses making their living by creating scale model buildings and all the fitments, furniture and furnishings that go into them across Britain alone.
Around 150-200 of these top craftspeople will be exhibiting at the show, travelling from all parts of the UK as well as Europe, Australia, South Africa and the USA – many of them award-winning. There will also be stalls selling all the equipment and materials you might need for the hobby as well as workshops in different mediums for those who want to try their hand at something new.
The show also welcomes some amazing artisans new to exhibiting at Miniatura, including:
Alison Davies Miniatures – Alison will be launching a new range of historically accurate and detailed furniture inspired by 18th and 19th Century French artisans.
Annie Shushneva – All the way from Bulgaria, Annie will be bringing handmade dolls and miniatures borne from her passion for the hobby.
Botiny Miniatures – A special exhibition only stand of amazing flowers all the way from the US.
Dolls House Direct – Gary White has been perfecting his range of houses for nearly 30 years, this will be his first time at Miniatura.
Eggers Delight & Elite Designs – Providing a selection of excellent finishing touches and special ideas to inspire bigger projects.
Faylinn – Captivating and artistic impressions of a fairy world.
Gek Miniature Art – A whole gallery of classic paintings in miniature.
Het Porselein Boompje – A Dutch artist specialising in hand-painting ceramics and glassware.
Little Bits & Pieces by Julie – Multi talented maker and author. Julie hopes to be signing copies of her new book alongside examples of her work.
Little House At The Priory – A great range of miniatures with nearly all scales represented.
Sylvia’s Mini Knits – Dolls clothes from an established maker enjoying her first time at the NEC show.
Vanessa’s Dolls – Handmade dolls’ clothing – Vanessa makes many of the clothes for her dolls from antique material.
WHB Miniatures – Cushions, carpets and soft furnishings created by skilled local needlework artist Wendy.
So whether you’re a life-long fan of dolls houses or simply curious, it’s the show for you.
Details: www.miniatura.co.uk. Enquiries: 0121 783 9922. Ticket hotline 0121 767 4100. Doors open at 10am. No charge for parking.
Make a note in your diaries that the next show takes place at the NEC Birmingham on 25th – 26th March 2017.