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Her second piece is a quarter scale city street. I love the use of angles and techniques that add a sense of depth that goes beyond the actual scene. In the only two projects I have completed to date I have tried to show that the scene carries on beyond what you can see in the completed project. In my Mardi Gras lamp base I put in the angled wall with a picture of New Orleans behind it to make it look like you were looking over the balcony into the streets below. In my second project --- ah, yes - I haven't shown you that one yet. Mum's the word! All will be revealed eventually.
From June Barry we have a compact, adorable toy shop and a sunroom. These two projects show that you don't need a large dollhouse to create a stunning scene with lots of detail. I love the shape of the room box used for the toy shop. I've seen this particular box used for everything from a perfumery to a lingerie shop to a hairdresser's. It looks charming in every case.
Florence Dafter had several pieces on display, four of which I have captured here: a room "under construction"; a compact office scene; and two pieces that show what an animal lover she must be. I've nicknamed these two pieces "Animal Day Care" and "Animal Oasis". In both cases it looks like all feathered and furry inhabitants are thoroughly enjoying their situations.
A lovely little potting shed with patio and an attic scene with a little girl trying on items from the old trunk were contributions of Eleanor Dutton.
Marion Rahim shared a lovely nursery and a little kitchen scene I like to call "Children's tea-time". Then we have a really imaginative scene of gnomes relaxing at home by Kate Heenan. In contrast to this is a 1/2 scale (or 1/4? Sorry - can't remember) outdoor scene by Pierre Marinier that shows a lovely entry courtyard in a tree-lined setting.
MEM Club president, Beverley Lun, has two displays that prove the "less is more" adage. Sometimes one has individual items that are so stunning on their own that, to put them in a scene and surround them with other items would just lose the effect. In these cases it is wiser to display them on their own so their true artistry can really be appreciated. The first is a pair of incredible hand-crafted peacocks. Beverley informed me that you can get tiny peacock feathers, and several other kinds, through Cynthia Howe's website. I must check this out! The second grouping is, in my opinion, truly captivating. Beverley hand-stitched the chair fabric, carpet, footstool, and the work in progress on the needlework frame. Aren't they gorgeous!! They effect would truly be lost if they were placed amid several other competing pieces.
The last two I will leave you with today are both by Anne Lymburner. First we have a lovely band-stand set up inside a real drum. Everything is all set for their next performance - which, I think should truly be interesting since I see the band has a saxophone, a keyboard, what looks to be a cello, and a set of bagpipes. The resulting music should be intriguing, for sure!
Her second scene tells a complete story as well. See the red tape criss-crossing the window in the schoolroom? See the teacher with what looks to be a switch in her hand? See the little boy with his head hanging low? Behind his back he is holding several sheets of paper with the words: "I must not throw stones...I must not throw stones....I must not throw stones.." Oh dear, I hope the teacher won't be too hard on the poor little guy!
Tomorrow we will finish our tour of the exhibits from the Miniature Enthusiasts of Montreal by featuring a Group Club Project which will highlight just how many ideas can be generated by one project. Thank you for your patience so far in looking at all these pictures. The miniaturists who produced all of these certainly deserve recognition and applause for a job well done. TTFN!!