London, Classes AND a Miniatures Show?

A carved Welsh chest from the Elizabethan period, carved by Ann High, IGMA Fellow member.

A carved Welsh chest from the Elizabethan period, carved by Ann High, IGMA Fellow member.

In a scant few months, IGMA will again be part of a most wonderful trifecta, the marvelously fascinating city of London, England, the Kensington Dollshouse Festival and your choice of 5 classes taught by experienced IGMA teachers. The Guild first ventured across the pond with an educational program in the spring of 2014 and met with such resounding success, that they have lined up four more fantastic teachers and a total of 5 great classes for you to select from in 2015.

Ann High, who has crossed the pond in the opposite direction for the last few years to teach furniture carving at Guild School, will be teaching the carving and construction of a Elizabethan period Welsh chest on her home turf. Ann is a very calm and reassuring teacher and when you’ve got a very sharp little chisel in your hands that is a great comfort.

A veritable feast, in miniature, by Christina Minischetti, IGMA Fellow member.

A veritable feast, in miniature, by Christina Minischetti, IGMA Fellow member.

Christina Minischetti will be traveling just a tad further than Ann,  traveling to London from her home in Italy with a really interesting project, the reproduction of an Italian charcuterie table for you to recreate in 1/12 scale. Christina has developed a number of truly innovative methods for creating convincing textures for miniature food.

A dollshouse for a dollshouse, 1/144 scale drawing room by Nell Corking, IGMA Fellow member.

A dollshouse for a dollshouse, 1/144 scale drawing room by Nell Corking, IGMA Fellow member.

Nell Corkin and Bonni Backe both hail from two of the colder locales in the U.S.  Nell from the upper mid-west, will be offering two classes working in 1/144 scale, one is two-day class creating a drawing room, the other, a one-day class creating a Christmas vignette under a dome. Under her expert tutelage you will find your fingers really can work in this most minute scale.

Bonni Backe, one of our Guild School locals from the state of Maine, will bring her ever creative textile skills to London to show her students how to create various and sundry haberdashery trims, otherwise known as notions or passementerie, depending on where you live. With a whole host of tools from looms to cord twisters and an assortment of jigs, Bonni will reveal the methods by which a whole host of trims can be turned out for your 1/12 scale projects.

The program will be taking place May 12-14, 2015, at the Kensington Close Hotel, a short couple of blocks from the location of the Kensington Dollshouse Festival. Enrollment is open and spaces in the classes are being filled in the order in which registrations are received. Visit the IGMA website for all details, including a special rate on rooms for the Kensington Close Hotel.

 

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Colonial Williamsburg in the Winter

Bright sunshine streams in through the wigmaker's bow-fronted window.

Bright sunshine streams in through the wigmaker’s bow-fronted window.

There are many places you might not be eager to visit in the cold dark days of winter, but Colonial Williamsburg should not be on that list; geographically its on that north/south cusp; yes, they do have the occasional flurry-who hasn’t had one of those this week, but more often than not, its winter ‘lite’. And, more importantly for miniatures lovers, IGMA holds its annual winter study program in Colonial Williamsburg over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend each January. The study program in January 2015 offers you the choice of 3 classes, two in furniture making and one in accessories, and the location offers you a chance to see life, as it might have been lived in this country, two centuries earlier.

Snug as a bug under their bell jars, these herbs are flourishing in the January garden.

Snug as a bug under their bell jars, these herbs are flourishing in the January garden.

Very little is completely dormant in the winter time here, even the colonial garden still shows signs of life, especially those plants snug and warm under their protective bell jars. If you are interested in textiles, the winter brings out a whole new set of materials for clothing the humans and their surroundings, thick wools and cozy quilts; knitting needles are busy making warm hats and mitts as seen on the living history cast bustling about town. Various crafts people are still at work in their workshops and the tavern keeper is still serving food and pouring libations. Activities may be fewer than during the high season, but there are still many and varied experiences to take in and plenty of time to talk to the residents and get a real feel for the way life was then. Yes, January is a wonderful time to visit this charming settlement.

The graceful ladderback chair that Pete and Pam Boorum have selected as their class project for the Williamsburg Study Program.

The graceful ladderback chair that Pete and Pam Boorum have selected as their class project for the Williamsburg Study Program.

The Guild has negotiated special hotel pricing for the weekend of the Study Program, come early and stay late if you wish, for the same, really reasonable, rates. We stay right on the grounds and the price of the program includes admission to everything there!

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IGMA at the Philadelphia Miniaturia

A lovely japanned chest in 1/12 scale by Mark Murphy and painted by Mary Grady O'Brien will be for sale at the Gallery of the Guild.

A lovely japanned chest in 1/12 scale by Mark Murphy and painted by Mary Grady O’Brien will be for sale at the Gallery of the Guild.

Many miniatures aficionados are gearing up for the Philadelphia Miniaturia this coming weekend. For many reasons, the Philly show looms large on the calendar for the International Guild of Miniature Artisans, too. The Guild staffs a general information table at most of the larger miniature shows in order to acquaint the public with  the organization itself, and we are always on the lookout for members to help staff the table and spread the story of the Guild’s mission and the many programs it provides for miniature makers and collectors alike.

Walter Schutter crafted this 1/12 scale drop front desk which will be available at the Gallery of the Guild.

Walter Schutter crafted this 1/12 scale drop front desk which will be available at the Gallery of the Guild.

One of the more popular programs is Guild School and the Guild School Director, Barbara Davis will be there with 2015 School Catalogs and applications and many of the class projects for next June’s classes.

Another program that makes its appearance at many of the larger shows across the country is the Gallery of the Guild. A perk for Artisan and Fellow members, the Gallery provides a selling opportunity for those who cannot be there in person. The Guild takes a small commission on each sale in order to continue to provide this opportunity, but most of the work in coordinating the program and getting everything to and from the shows is done wholly by volunteers.

A charming 1/24 scale dining set made by Mark Murphy and Mary Grady O'Brien, also available at the Gallery of the Guild this coming weekend.

A charming 1/24 scale dining set made by Mark Murphy and Mary Grady O’Brien, also available at the Gallery of the Guild this coming weekend.

Lastly, the International Guild of Miniature Artisans will be the beneficiary of the annual fundraising auction held at the Philadelphia Miniaturia this year. The Auction Committee has been busily gathering wonderful pieces for silent and live auctions to be held during the show weekend. There will be silent auctions taking place during the show on Saturday and Sunday, and the live auction will take place Sunday morning at 9 a.m. Bagels and coffee will be served and the bidding will be lively. Auction items will be on display during show hours, stop by the IGMA table to see them, and stop by the auction Sunday morning to enjoy a bagel and place a bid maybe one or more of these exquisite items will go home with you!

Be sure to visit the IGMA Facebook page to see more items that will be at the Gallery of the Guild table at the Philadelphia show and at other shows around the country.

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