Winter has finally rolled over into spring, providing fairly nice weather for the biggest miniatures show on the 2015 calendar, which took place last weekend in Chicago. Tom Bishop graciously donated space for Guild events both Friday and Saturday evenings at his Chicago International Show. The Guild’s second annual fundraising auction took place Friday evening, raising funds to support the Guild’s many educational programs. On Saturday evening, the ‘IGMA-What Is the Guild?’ program provided the audience an overview of the Guild’s mission, and served as an introduction to Guild School. For many of us, that’s what’s next on our calendars!
For the international dealers and shoppers, what’s next on their calendars is probably the Kensington Dollshouse Festival being held in London just a couple of weeks from now. The Guild has been coordinating with festival organizer, Charlotte Stokoe, to offer classes taught by renowned IGMA instructors, in the days immediately preceding the show. This year’s instructors are Ann High and Bonni Backe. Ann’s furniture carving class is full, but if you act quickly, you may still be able to snag one of the few remaining spots in Bonni’s class. She’s teaching a phenomenal class in creating passementerie in 1/12 scale. You’ll learn how to create braided and woven trims, as well as tassels and twisted cords and infinite variations of each. It will give you many skills that will prove invaluable on future miniature projects.
For those of us who can’t make it to the Kensington show, we’ll just have to content ourselves by anticipating the Guild Show coming up in August. More dealers have signed on in recent weeks, and the Gallery of the Guild is working on expanding its presence at the show. Its a opportunity for recognized Artisan and Fellow members of the Guild to sell their work and its your chance to see, and perhaps purchase, high quality miniatures. High quality does not have to mean high costs; come visit the show and see for yourself!