Some of Victoria Fasken’s hand crafted miniatures

By Ann Evans

 

Photos by Rob Tysall, Tysall’s Photography

 

Take a closer look at the world of miniature modelling and dolls’ houses when the ever popular Miniatura Show returns to the Birmingham NEC this Autumn. Ann Evans gets a sneak preview.

 

Miniatura has been hosting an event for 34 years in Birmingham, bringing some of the world’s best miniatures to the heart of England. Craftsman and enthusiasts of everything in smaller scales will be exhibiting at the show, bringing some of the very best this hobby has to offer.

Amanspeak Miniatures. Photo Rob Tysall

Brand new, high quality, miniature craftsmanship is happening in workshops and on kitchen tables throughout the UK and beyond right now, making wonderfully precise and fabulously imaginative works of miniature art. At the show you’ll be able to meet the artists in person and enjoy the very latest items in their collections.

 

Well established workshops will be run by professional and expert tutors, providing a unique opportunity to learn a new skill or technique in an enjoyable and comfortable atmosphere. Also there will be a Children’s Table which is open to any young modellers wanting to show their work. Contact the show organiser for details.

An opportunity to chat to skilled miniaturists

New and well established exhibitors will be at the show, as well as some who are returning after a break such as Amanda Speakman of Amanspeak Miniatures who returned to Miniatura’s Spring Show after a 3-year break. Amanda and her 11-year-old daughter, Abbie will be back with a delicious array of foods on their stand, including some that Abbie – following in mum’s footsteps, has made.

 

Arlette’s Miniatures was another business making a welcome comeback to the Spring show. Arlette moved to Cornwall six years ago, but found that she missed the miniature scene so much she just had to come back to the Midlands and take up model making her 1/12th scale furniture again in mahogany and white wood. She explained that the pieces are upholstered in fine glove leather and silks and she often twists and dyes her own braid to match the fabric; then stains and waxes the underneath of the chairs and the legs to give it an extra sheen.

Arlettes Miniatures. Photo Rob Tysall. Tysall’s Photography

The intricate designs and colours on Victoria Fasken’s tea sets and dinner services are also a sight to behold. Hand painted in oil-based paints, every design and pattern is Victoria’s own creation. She also paints canal art on jugs, kettles and pots – inspiration from childhood holidays.

 

Another newcomer is EH Miniatures. Artist Ewelina Hasnik makes a variety of domestic and woodland animals and birds, and is particularly keen on making her favourite animal – cats. Unfortunately, her husband is allergic to them so she has to study their movements and expressions by watching other people’s pets.

Mum and daughter team of miniaturists

Show organiser Andy Hopwood said: “As always we put a strong emphasis on comfort, creating plenty of space to move around the show and lots of public seating areas for you to relax in and enjoy award winning catering. All of this is in the setting of the easily accessible National Exhibition Centre with good transport links via train, plane, bus and car. There is still no charge for parking at Miniatura and if you are coming by Virgin trains you can get a discount on your fare. A new feature of the NEC is also full sized shopping at Resorts World which includes entertainment and retail outlets.”

 

The Miniatura Showtakes place on Saturday 30th September (Limited tickets please book in

advance) and Sunday 1st October 2017 at the Birmingham NEC. Doors open 10am both days (Show closes 5pm Saturday and 4pm Sunday).

 

Ticket prices: Saturday: adult £11, child £3.

Sunday: adult £7.50 (£5.50 in advance). Senior Citizens £6.50 (£5.50 in advance). 1 adult & up to 2 children £8.50 advance. Additional children £3.

Weekend Tickets: £13.

 

Further details: www.miniatura.co.uk

Organiser Andy Hopwood at the Spring Show

 

 

 

 

 

About Ann Evans

Feature writer and award winning author, Ann Evans has more than 22 books published for children, young adults, reluctant readers and adults. Never content to write one thing at a time, she always has at least half a dozen different writing projects on the go. She worked for 13 years on the Coventry Telegraph as a feature writer and currently writes for a number of different magazines, in print and on-line. Ann is also a writing tutor running classes for adults and doing author school visits throughout the UK. Ann decided to put her years of writing experience together in her book Become A Writer – a step by step guide. Amazon link:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Become-Writer-Step-Guide/dp/1907670246 Blogs:http://annsawriter.blogspot.com