“Life in miniature.” What do you know about this?
It is not known when the term “life in miniature” appeared and who invented it, but perhaps you will not give a more precise name to the passion for dolls, doll houses and everything connected with it. I already wrote about how adults play dolls. Now I want to talk about this in more detail. Fans of “life in miniature” are divided into two categories.
Some collect doll houses, others create them. Creating doll houses and miniature interior items is very exciting and creative.
A lot of books and magazines are devoted to this, a huge number of specialized sites have been created. Unfortunately, the vast majority of them are in English and French. The most interesting to me personally are the old books about “miniaturks” of the early twentieth century.
They describe in detail the process of self-manufacturing of tiny interior items – cots, cabinets, chairs and chairs. And most importantly, all these items are made in the styles of that era. If you seriously look into the search for miniature interiors, then on the Internet it is possible to find many different photos of doll furniture made by hand from the Victorian and Georgian period (XVIII and XIX centuries).
They are, of course, very different from modern interiors. When you look at puppet miniatures made in the styles of that era, you feel as if in a fairy tale. I envy those people for whom the creation of miniature puppet interiors has become a profession. Happy – they play with dolls all their life! In Russia, not many people are engaged in the manufacture of doll miniatures, but every year they become more and more, which, undoubtedly, pleases! Moscow and St. Petersburg masters organize solo exhibitions, which, as a rule, present a large number of fascinating and extraordinarily beautiful miniatures. What are handmade doll miniatures made of?
Mostly from wood, less often – from thick cardboard. Of course, various fabrics are widely used: bed linen, tablecloths, curtains are made of them. Often, cloth even covers seats of chairs! Very small details – dishes, treats, various figurines, clocks, table lamps, etc. – are made of special artistic plastic or “cold porcelain”. Most often, the interior of all rooms of a miniature house is designed in the same style.
Such doll houses can rightly be considered miniature copies of real houses of the past centuries. They take into account all, even the smallest, details. Opening, for example, the door of the kitchen cabinet, you will find there tiny packs of cocoa, coffee and cereals, with a height and width of no more than 1 centimeter! The creators of miniature rooms even glue into them special handmade wallpaper! They are thinner than ordinary modern wallpaper and, as a rule, have a very beautiful pattern or pattern characteristic of that historical period in which the entire interior of a miniature house is made. Miniature houses come in different sizes. Most often they are made in the size of 1 \ 12 – this is the size for standard Barbie. Less common are houses of other sizes – 1 \ 16, 1 \ 8, 1 \ 6 and even 1 \ 144! The 1/8 size is quite popular in Europe and the USA, as it fits Tonner Dolls. In Russia, Tonners are not in great demand because of the relatively high cost. Well, the size of 1 \ 144, as you understand, is quite tiny. These houses are good if you have nowhere to put a big doll house. And what are we all about houses, but about houses? “Life in miniature” does not end outside the doll house!
Miniaturists do not only doll houses, but also shops, coffee shops, parks and even candy stores for dolls! Fresh pastries and cakes are “sold” in tiny bakeries, miniature books, albums and comics are in the bookshop. “Life in miniature” is not just a hobby, it is a fascinating tale in which not only children, but also adults, would like to visit!