Saturday, May 10, 2014
Off on a Tangent...
Meanwhile, I did this. It is made of some of the Super Duo two holed beads that I bought last week. I am pleased with how it turned out. I got the "recipe" from You Tube. A Russian tutorial, but easy to follow.
While I am thinking, I am also looking at some of my favorite sources...
This magazine is probably one of my favorite magazines, ever. It was published in November of 1975. That was before miniatures were in my brain. I think that I found it in a thrift shop in the early 80s, after the mini bug got to me.
If you do run across this particular issue of Architectural Digest, grab it! It has some of the best ideas in it of all time.
Does the front cover tell you anything? An exotic East Indian room(in Santa Barbara). The whole house was exotic. Even the yard that opened on the beach had tents and umbrellas with mattresses and cushions.
Inside the magazine, there was a 6 page article by Flora Gill Jacobs on antique dollhouses. That was my original reason for paying a quarter for it. I was pretty new to minis, but I knew who Flora Gill Jacobs was.
Back then, Architectural Digest was a great magazine with all kinds of articles on different subjects. Not just celebrity homes, like it is now. Its ok, but not the same.
This one had a huge article on the restoration of Marie Antoinette's bedroom at Versailles. At the time, I remember wishing that I could do that in miniature....Sure I could....Not...
Anyway, the photos of it are wonderful to look at and dream.
I always wondered if the fence around the bed was to keep others out of keep the queen in... At that time, royalty received guests whilst in bed. See all of the little benches at the foot of the fence? I guess that's how they came up with "an audience with the Queen"...
This last article is the one that should inspire anyone doing screens and fancy work...
And before you ask...I am NOT going to do a cut glass ceiling and cut glass walls. This was an article on the Iranian embassy in Washington DC, at the time. I wonder if this room still exists?
Talk about having and audience...Look at all of the little poufs to sit on in the photo to the right.
OK. I am inspired, but not crazy. I am going back to work with wood and other sensible materials now... Maybe I will read a bit more for inspiration before I go.
See you tomorrow.