KENSINGTON DOLLSHOUSE FESTIVAL
By Ann Evans
Photos: Rob Tysall. Tysall’s Photography
Miniaturists and dolls house makers are no doubt working into the wee small hours, in preparation for one of the biggest international shows in the world of miniature.
The Kensington Dollshouse Festival takes place on Saturday 3rd December and exhibitors and dolls house enthusiasts will be coming from all over the UK, Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Australia to take part or simply enjoy the event.
The Festival is renowned for the sheer quality of the dolls houses and all the dolls, furnishings and accessories that go into them. The craftsmanship has to be seen to be believed and it’s not surprising that collectors and aficionados will be coming from all over the world.
More than 170 craftspeople will be exhibiting their amazing hand-crafts items, every single one painstakingly accurate with unbelievable attention to detail and scaled to minute precision. Hand crafted dolls in all kinds of fashions and fabrics from all periods of history – and beyond to the realms of fantasy.
Household furnishings, replicas of famous oil paintings in miniature; classic books scaled to 1/12th and 1/24th; miniature food that looks good enough and realistic enough to eat. The miniaturists know no bounds and create gardens, ponds, flowers; there are miniature clocks with intricately tiny working mechanisms; miniature embroidery, tapestries, woven carpets, knitted, crocheted and lace accessories with detail that will take your breath away.
These skilled craftspeople create miniatures from every kind of material – porcelain, silver, pewter, brass, glass, steel; often having made the tools necessary for this finely detailed work, and even making the items through the same processes as the real full sized item would have been made.
The organisers explain that they take great care to select each craftsman who attends the Festival to ensure they have the perfect selection of miniatures available in all price ranges. They always see samples of work before offering a table ensuring that they can keep up the high standard of their shows.
The Kensington Dollshouse Festival was established in 1985 by dolls house enthusiasts Caroline Hamilton and Sue Atkinson aiming to bring together the very top miniaturists and dolls house makers and those who simply love the world of miniatures and dolls houses.
Charlotte Stokoe took over organising the Festival in 2005 and has introduced many other events alongside the main show such as the PIMA’s (Perfection in Miniature Awards), and workshops in association with IGMA, The International Guild of Miniature Artisans, and many other events.
It promises to be a fabulous show for all doll’s house enthusiasts. Be sure not to miss it!
Kensington Dollshouse Festival, Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX.
Saturday 3rd December 2016 11am-6pm.
Admission: Adult: £13 (£11 in advance); Child: £5 (ages 3-16); Family ticket: £20 Up to 2 adults & 4 children (On the door only)
Book before 25th November and you will be entered into a draw to win £50 of vouchers to spend at the show.
Full details: http://www.dollshousefestival.com/
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