Lord Byron once said “IF I don’t write to empty my mind, I will go mad” and when I think back to that fateful day many years ago when curiosity got the better of me and I picked up a copy of Dolls’ House Magazine in my local supermarket which then went on to change my life – I understand where the man was coming from!
Having created an eclectic number of ‘Small Worlds’ over the years with many now in private collections – my recent 12th scale ventures include the expansion of the Mouse Town of Merryworth (both in real estate AND with more mice!) the ambitious design for another ‘Nicole’s House’ and with my passion for the unique and mystical, I’m also creating more weird and wonderful emporiums and abodes populated by those mythical folk from the All Hallows Hamlet.
And with a passion for anything Lord Byron, I love to escape to the year 1815 here at 13 Piccadilly Terrace as I fluff the pillows, arrange the flowers and stoke the fires in the home inspired by the life of this fabulous poet.
Self-taught and armed with plaster, strip wood, paints, mountboard, papier-mâché, natural foliage, clay, glue and lots of imagination, I design my ‘Small Worlds’ using whatever is around me at the time including scrap MDF, cardboard boxes, model kits, a huge plant pot, a tatty dolls house, some chicken wire, a tree stump and even a grotty, old waste bin.
AND wait until you see the ‘Small Worlds’ I plan to create with an abandoned bicycle wheel, a plastic paint tub and one very large wire mesh basket once used to store a giant firework!
I once jokingly calculated that I would need to live another 250 years to create my dream projects into 12th scale reality.
Remember how I told you about the magazine that changed my life? Well, some years later I was offered a monthly ‘Tee Time’ column and for one glorious year I got to share my 12th scale musings along with the triumphs, tears and the delicious cake that I had enjoyed and I was paid for it too!
Although I love what I do and cannot imagine myself doing anything other than this – I do know that in this crazy world of mine that it’s impossible to survive on fresh air with only a diet of hope and the occasional box of donated teabags.
The glue, paint, wood, tools, paintbrushes, fabric and all of the other lovely stuff I use to create my imaginary worlds ALL costs money AND if it didn’t I would either be crawling over hot coals to get to this ‘Land of the Free’ or I’d be spending time at Her Majesty’s Pleasure.
And even though I may never own a fabulous house in Miami Beach or travel back in time to take tea with Jane Austen or shop at dusk in a hamlet populated by crones and goblins and then enjoy a delicious supper with a talkative hedgehog – I can still have wish fulfillment in 12th scale…
ALL of which has brought me to the wonder that is Patreon!
Patreon is a membership site for artists just like me – although I’ve yet to find anyone else using this site who creates anything quite like I do!
Beginning with a monthly pledge from a $1 and up which is charged to your card on the 1st of every month – not only will you be creatively cheering me on – you’ll also be invited to cross the portal and step into my world.
And as a ‘Thank you’ there are also lots of unique rewards to enjoy including exclusive first peeks, anniversary gifts and Etsy discounts and all with the freedom to cancel or amend your pledge at any time.
As my favourite poet once said “Of all romances in miniature – perhaps this is the best shape in which romance can appear” – why not follow me through the doors of Number 13 and enjoy the romance of the year 1815?