IGMA Guild Fellow Jamie Carrington to Teach “Court Gown of the 1780s” Class in London

carrington2016IGMA Fellow Jamie Carrington will be teaching “Court Gown of the 1780s” in London at the Imperial College London from Tuesday, May 10 through Thursday, May 12, 2016. There are still spaces available to attend this miniature fashion design class! Miniaturists, collectors, and miniature enthusiasts will study under Jamie’s tutelage, and will create a lavish panniered gown in 1:12 scale. The class fee is £265 for IGMA members and £280 for members of the public. To register for “Court Gown of the 1780s” and for location information, please click here.

Jamie brings exceptional knowledge of period gowns, corsetry and underpinnings to his classes. His students will be using pure silk (dyed) for this court gown, and the weight of this fabric and other trimmings will be discussed in detail. Cotton lace will also be used.

Students will be given size 12 Sharps by John James and will learn step-by-step how to execute the bucket panniers that hold the skirt out sideways. The stiffened underskirt will be extensively decorated, as will the lavish over the skirt. These pieces will be sure to complement the bodice.

unnamedStudents in this London class will have access to numerous patterns to use for embellishing the over skirt. In addition, a variety of ribbons, trims and lace will be available. You can certainly craft this gown as you see (and sew) fit!

Before you create any period gown a knowledge of the corsetry and underpinnings is vital to create the right pose of the body and the hang of the gown.

Jamie will carefully instruct students on how to appropriately assemble each gown on to the mannequin provided in class. The final touch? Forming the lavish powdered wig trimming into a style that suits your taste. Students will learn a secret trick to creating drape, movement and gravity.

unnamedOne of the greatest benefits of this particular class by Jamie is that many of these techniques can be applied to other periods of fashion. If you have a knack for great style and love classical periods, this class ought not to be missed!

All materials are provided but students are asked to come to class with small, sharp scissors (to be used on fabric and paper).

This year’s IGMA classes in London will take place days before the 2016 Kensington Dollhouse Festival which is open to the public on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 at Kensington Town Hall on Hornton Street in London. For show hours and information, please visit dollshousefestival.com.

For more information on Jamie Carrington, click here.

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Ch-Ch-Changes!

It doesn’t take more than a walk around the block in my home town of New York City to remind me that nothing stays the same forever. When change means that your favorite pizza place is gone-you whine a little; when it means improvements in something like the IGMA website, you get excited!

Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 10.10.32 PMIn the years since the Guild launched their website, so much has changed in how and what people are viewing on the internet, that our webmaster, Betsy Roxby suggested it might be time to revisit IGMA’s internet presence. Working with members of the Marketing Committee, Betsy proposed a reorganization of the site, with fewer and more scrollable pages-things that those viewing on phones and tablets find more accessible. Darren Scala and Carol Kubrican suggested the use of larger photos to draw people in and after Betsy worked her magic, we have what you now see…a new and improved Guild website.

So, what do you think? Do you like the new look? Do you prefer photos with faces, familiar or otherwise, or would you prefer to see just the miniatures? A nice mix of both?

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“Bookbinding in Miniature” Class in London

IGMA Artisan Tine Krijnen will be teaching “Bookbinding in Miniature,” an IGMA class in London at the Imperial College London from Tuesday, May 10 through Thursday, May 12, 2016. Miniaturists and miniature enthusiasts will learn how to create simple books as well as sewn leatherbound books in 1:12 scale. The class fee is £245 for IGMA members and £260 for members of the public. To register for “Bookbinding in Miniature” and for location information, please click here.

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Now you can fill your miniature rooms and dollhouses with different style miniature books. Students will learn an array of bookbinding techniques and will go home with enhanced knowledge about grain direction and how to cut bookblocks straight. In addition, Tine will provide an at-home manual to students so they can continue to make miniature books for years to come.

unnamedDuring this year’s class, the sewn book in miniature will be the Tulip book by P.Cos, published in 1637. This miniature facsimile of a tulip catalog contains 54 gouaches of tulips, with their weight, name, and the amount for which they were sold; and 7 aquarelles of carnations and flowers.

All skill levels are welcome. A steady hand and good eyesight are both required.

This year’s IGMA classes in London will take place days before the 2016 Kensington Dollhouse Festival which is open to the public on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 at Kensington Town Hall on Hornton Street in London. For show hours and information, please visit dollshousefestival.com.

For more information on Tine Krijnen, click here.

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