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Wednesday, April 30, 2014


This year is the 100th Anniversary of World War 1 and it will be remembered and commemorated, with reflection and respect.

Already many strands of the media have focussed on these years and the miniature world has been paying its tributes as well. I have been mentioning a 'secret project' for some time now -and it's great to be able to reveal it at last.

My colleague in Nostalgia in Miniature Workshops is Celia Thomas, also a great mate, and we were delighted to be commissioned by DOLLS HOUSE AND MINIATURE SCENE MAGAZINE to create a very special large scene as a 'how to' project as part of their commemorations.
It was important to us that it should above all be respectful and poignant and acknowledge the emotion of the moment. We took enormous care and  thoroughly researched all aspects and, as we do in all our workshop projects, used readily available materials so that it would have appeal to miniaturists of all abilities.

In the many hours we spent working on the scene it became very much a labour of love.
As we often do, we created a elderly gentleman, sometime in the early 1970s, returns to the scene of his youth - what was then a battlefield.

Beneath his feet are the long derelict remains of an Officers dugout and trenches..........
He remembers the young man he was - so many years ago......and those friends who did not return  home.

We leave him to his thoughts, in the field of poppies that have grown up to cover the scars of conflict.

To view the entire scene, the derelict dugout, the remains of the trench and the poppy field please take a look at our  video, which has been brilliantly created for us by Celia. Put your speakers on and view best in full screen.

The project will be in AUGUST 2014 Issue of Dolls House and Miniature Scene, available on 26th June and at least one further issue - already there have been some great smaller projects on the theme in earlier issues, well worth catching up with.

We are both very proud and delighted that the actual scene will be on show at THE THAME MUSEUM, Oxfordshire from Saturday 3rd May until 20th August as part of their World War 1 Exhibition.

Thank you for looking


Susan said...

You certainly achieved the emotional side of this project. With Anzac Day just past Downunder, an emotional time already, viewing the video choked me up. So, so wish I could attend this workshop. I'm sure you'll be inundated with applications!

PILAR6373 said...

Habéis creado una escena impresionante y emotiva,que lujo poder admirarla de cerca,tiene que ser genial!!!! Está llena de maravillosos detalles que le hacen cobrar vida!!!

Robin said...

Thank you both so much - we became very involved with the scene itself and also hoped that we were expressing the emotion of the whole scenario adequately.

Catherine / Mooghiscath said...

Bravo superbe hommage miniature.

Donna S said...

You have both done an amazing job of this most moving project. Bravo!!

Robin said...

Thank you Catherine and Donna - we're both so pleased that you think we did the subject justice.

jenann said...

Oh, Robin! It is wonderful. I love your smart little man and his former self. He truly looks like the same man at different stages of his life.
Congratulations on having your work exhibited but, in all honesty, it is those who are putting the exhibition together who should be congratulated for gaining the right to show the beautiful little scene you and Celia have put together.
Jenni x

Robin said...

Ooo 'er...thanks so much Jenni - what lovely remarks. We've had such lovely comments from so many people - we're really very moved by the appreciation we've had.

Ilona said...

This is awesome work and a beautiful memory to WW1, thank you for sharing these wonderful scenes, video and pictures.
The dolls are fantastic work and I love the story you tells us. I fully agree that dolls get their own story, while you create them....
Sorry for my bad knowledge of the English language.
Kind regards, Ilona

Robin said...

Thank you Ilona - such kind comments.
Your English is very good indeed!