Step into the amazing world of Miniatures
Photos by Rob Tysall, Tysall’s Photography
Top miniaturists are busily preparing for the Miniatura Show which returns to the NEC Birmingham in September, Ann Evans provides a tiny peek at what’s in store.
Miniatura, the country’s biggest and best show for doll’s house fans will be back at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham on 22nd and 23rd September 2018 bringing together the very best artisans from the world of miniatures.
Skilled craftspeople from all around the UK and abroad will be exhibiting beautiful doll’s houses and all the furnishings that you’d find in a real house, in all scales and styles and from a variety of periods through history. There will be Regency, Georgian, Victorian, Tudor, Contemporary, Medieval as well as fantasy, tree houses and more. Plus, everything you need to furnish your doll’s house from wallpaper to lighting and from bathrooms to garden sheds.
The accuracy and attention to detail in the unbelievably intricate furnishings just has to be seen to be believed. You’ll discover incredibly lifelike works of art, copper, silver and porcelain work, glassware, chandeliers, delicate filigree and lace, woven carpets and tapestries, ornaments, foodstuffs, and of course the figures and characters which will make you smile or gasp in appreciation. From royalty to fantasy, the quirky and the beautiful. All of these gorgeous miniatures are in 1/12th scales (1 inch to the foot), 1/24th, 1/48th right down to 1/144th – and even smaller.
Can you imagine working models that sit in the eye of a needle? Once again, Andrew Thompson from the West Midlands will be exhibiting his work – bringing along microscopes so visitors can actually see his minute miniatures!
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 and relative scales.
Organiser Andy Hopwood said: “You may think there can be nothing special about making a miniature vase, carving a tiny oak chest, or creating a small copper kettle. But remember it must be exactly to scale, from the thickness of the edges, the size of the handles to the grain of the wood.
“Think about weaving a carpet; it must lie flat when finished, have a design that has been reduced in scale, and be twelve times thinner that a normal carpet. What about blowing a glass bowl, or making a pewter tankard, or even knitting a shawl or sweater? Perhaps you feel that knitting must be easy. So, just find some fine pure silk sewing thread, and two pieces of fine piano wire or sewing needles and off you go, with the same number of stitches as for a full-size garment of course.”
Trade stands, workshops and demonstrations
Around 150-200 top craftspeople will be exhibiting at the show, many of the award-winning. There will be demonstrations and workshops where visitors can try their hand at making a miniature or learn a new skill. There will also be stands selling all the equipment, tools, fabrics, kits and accessories that modellers need. Miniaturists’ clubs and societies will also be on hand, happy to answer your questions.
And don’t think you need to own a doll’s house to appreciate and enjoy this show. Thousands of the miniature items on offer make perfect gifts and ornaments for your shelves, walls and desks. The miniaturists also take commissions, so if there is something special you want making there’s bound to be a craftsperson there to do it!
So, whether you’re a seasoned miniaturist, or you just want to see – and maybe try something new, you’ll love the Miniatura Show.
The Miniatura Show, 22nd and 23rd September 2018.
National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, UK.
Ticket hotline: 0844 5811291
Enquiries: 0121 783 9922