I had planned to work in the yard, trimming away the winter wizened branches and foliage of last summer's glory, but instead began planning my next miniature project. For an upcoming "Small Works" show at St. Mark's, I plan to make a miniature cooperative art studio. I think a sculpture, a painter and a potter will share this space. The potter will be isolated with a french door from the larger open space to keep the clay dust down! I am imagining large, faux steel and glass sky lights and brick walls. There will be a sleeping loft for that bad boy painter who has been thrown out by his wife. Are you seeing it?
I have been collecting images of studios for inspiration and making little tiny things to go into it.
Here are two different sizes of masking tape for the painter and a little square which I mocked up in paper for size, but will be made of wood. On order is a cunning little miter box so the painter can construct his own frames...
And just to challenge my newly acquired skills with a slightly large miter box, I plan to try to duplicate this little potters wheel...
Well, so much for dreaming! Here are some updates I made to Hogwarts Castle over the last year, during the time I took a lengthy sabbatical from blogging.
Stonework has been added to the exterior. There is a new window in the Great Hall and the Potions Lab and the Chamber of Secrets are now in the dungeons beneath the Great Hall. I purchased some wonderful dolls, furniture and accessories from a collector who was downsizing to add to the Castle which prompted the construction of:
Minerva McGonagle's bed chamber because I had to find room for her transfigured self (notice the cat looking to jump on the bed). I still need to cut windows into this space and add some light fixtures to reduce the gloom.
The little Quidditch trunk is here because I have not yet made a miniature Madam Hooch. McGonagle was quite a strong Quidditch player in her youth and continues to be very interested in how her house does in the competitions. The lace on the canopy and pillow was tatted by my great-grandmother Anna Ogden Womack and my sister Rosalind used it to create the bed linens. This bed was not completely put together when I inherited it from Rosalind, but fortunately all the sewing was done. I updated it to Gryffindor colors.
The matching sofa, chair and ottoman, I purchased at an antique store on Central in Albuquerque along with many other little pieces for $20. The little red tables are from the Dollar Store. They are pretty rough and need a lot of sanding before you can paint or stain them, but by far the cheapest dollhouse table you will find anywhere. You will see more of them in the boys and girls dorm rooms in Gryffindor Tower. My sister, Rosalind, made the rug from a kit.
Honeydukes has two new proprietors. I sold the Halloween display from it to a a friend who collects miniatures, so now there are only Christmas and Easter items for sale.
Snapes Potions Lab had to be doubled in size to provide support for the upper stories of the castle, so he now has a study/bedchamber at the far end. Once the battery operated LED lights I ordered arrive, I will figure out how to partially screen his bed from the classroom area. For now, I need the natural light to be able to see all the parts of this space.
Madeye Moody in the tan pants was the closest to being finished except for his hair. However, Sati, our mean little cat has made off with his head. She thinks she is the queen, but I wasn't aware she was channeling the Red Queen. One leg of Snape's trousers is cut out and modestly draped over him, as he, and all the dolls are anatomically correct. Professor Sprout needs gray hair, which I do not yet have, so will have to see if any of my friends will donate some at their next haircut. Planning to use my own hair for Snape and doll hair for Trelawney since her hair is so wild. Lots to do still. Be aware, if you make your own miniature dolls that you should not attach the arms until the clothes are on if you want to avoid breaking something. Madeye's arm will need some Skelegrow as I ill-advisedly sculpted him all in one piece. A special thanks to my friend, Vicki for providing the velvet, silk and leather scraps I have been using.
Coming up in future posts, you will get a sneak peek at the partially constructed classroom tower, the nearly complete Gryffindor tower, and Hagrid's Hut.