Dream Room V&A Installation

V&A Exhibition: At Home In A Dolls House

For those of you who are fans of The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (which I reviewed here) I have some exciting news… The Victoria & Albert Museum of Childhood have a new exhibition opening on 13th December exhibiting some of the most prized and best-loved dolls houses in the UK. Titled ‘Small Stories: At Home In A Dolls House’ the exhibition will showcase the fascinating stories behind the dollshouse history and takes you on a journey through the history of the home as well as the relationships and people who live within them. It baffles me how The V&A have managed to condense there vast collection of dolls houses down to just 12 to exhibit in ‘Small Stories’ – the exhibition shows a range spanning 300 years of manor houses, Victorian town houses, high rise flats and even the humble suburban semi.

The V&A have resorted over 1200 miniature dolls house objects dated from 1712-2001 and these will be displayed alongside a specially commissioned art installation called ‘Dream House’. 19 contemporary designers have been commissioned to create their very own miniature dream room, complete with people and a fully decorated miniature interior. What a fantastic idea! The designers involved, namely Katy Christianson and Molly Meg (see their dolls houses below), and many more have decorated their own rooms and as a finale for the exhibition they come together to form a larger installation. The Museum of Childhood says…

 Many of the dolls’ houses in the Small Stories exhibition were made as ideal spaces, or fantasy rooms. In miniature, we can experiment freely and try things otherwise not possible. So for Dream House, designers were asked to think about their own desirable rooms – aspirational, fantastical, whimsical, technological, practical or historical.

 I have *GOT* to go and see this! A new book has also been written by Halina Pasierbska to accompany the show (this can be purchased at the exhibition for £14.99) and for those of you who follow the wonderful author of The Miniaturist on Twitter (if not, why don’t you?!) she has confirmed that she will be opening the exhibition. Apparently, one of the creators of the early dolls houses got into so much debt making her miniature town she had to rely on charity from nuns to live!

Small Stories: At Home In A Dolls House will run in London until 6th September 2015 so theres plenty of time to make sure you don’t miss out. The museum are also holding events throughout the exhibition such as: a fun tour of haunted dolls houses.

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Nic Joly 'Never Forgotten'

Never Forgotten: Nic Joly World War One Commemoration

World War One began on this day 100 years ago, it is imperative that we remember the lives lost and stories from the time which changed the world forever. One of my favorite artists has created a wonderfully simple but moving piece of artwork to mark the centenery. Following an extremely poignant meeting with a 96 year old  Second World War veteran Nic says that the history and events which happened 100 years ago now. He says:

In my own small way, I want this piece to remind us that all those who have given their lives, in conflicts from the First World War until the present day, will be Never Forgotten.

Using the ultimate symbol of Remembrance, the poppy, Nic Joly has created a piece aptly entitled ‘Never Forgotten. The edition size is 1,566 – to mark every day the war was fought. Each piece will be labelled on the back with a small piece of information about that day in the First World War so that each piece is as individual as every day during that time, and each life lost. Castle Galleries is donating £100 from the sale of every piece to The Royal British Legion, to help Nic reach his goal of raising £150,000 to help support war veterans past and present. This is a wonderfully inspiring project and I think you’ll agree the piece is stunning.

Sabine Timm

Miniature Sculpture by Sabine Timm

I have fallen head over heals for her cute miniature sculptures! Düsseldorf based artist Sabine Timm uses found objects from hair combs, flowers, broken ceramics, and dolls house furniture to home wares. She arranges handmade miniature sculptures in a very amusing way, bringing character and humour to her work. Combs are turned into little characters, adorable mini houses are stacked up and vintage dolls house furniture is used to create temporary scenes. Who could resist the personality given to these inanimate objects? Do visit her flickr stream, it is wonderfully kitsch.

To buy photographic prints of Sabine’s work visit The Human Empire Shop.

Nic Joly - Dante's Inferno

Nic Joly: Dantes Inferno

Nic Joly is a sculptor but of a different kind – he creates miniature worlds out of hand crafted miniature people and landscapes. They are often playful and dark like this hand made sculpture within a real book. Joly has taken a vintage copy of Dante’s Inferno and has recreated the story in miniature within it’s pages. Truly genius! The piece draws you in, you want to look closer and delve into the created world..

You can see more of Nic Joly’s work on his website here.