My grandmother’s inspiration

“Look, but don’t touch.”

My grandmother loved her dollhouses. Each year around Christmas time, starting at a young age, I would help “host” her grandmother-granddaughter annual dollhouse party. Her two big dollhouses and several smaller miniature scenes would be lavishly decorated and lit for the season. The little girls, dressed in their finest Christmas clothes, would file in with their grandmothers, and I would help ensure that the golden rule (no touching) was strictly upheld.

It wasn’t until adulthood that I fell in love with her collection and started wondering about its depths. How did she get a miniature cartoon drawing by the same guy who did Popeye? Where did this tiny, fully-readable miniature book with Lincoln’s speeches come from? My questions were endless, but unfortunately, my grandmother’s failing health meant that I would have to do my own investigations.

While visiting her in her final days, I spent hours touching the dollhouses, taking pictures, posting to instagram, rearranging furniture, and repeating. And when she passed away a month ago, I wanted to do something special with my dollhouse inheritance. I wanted to both honor my grandmother’s memory and embark on my own, modern, miniature journey, using her legacy as a starting point. And so this project began.

I’m excited to showcase a new generation of miniature-lovers and artists, while also connecting them to the past through little investigations of antique miniatures. I’m constantly scouring the internet and my surroundings (I live in Paris) to find good ideas for my next post. If you are a miniature artist, or know of a cool or random miniature thing, let me know! Send me pics! You can reach me at laviemini@gmail.com.

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3 thoughts on “My grandmother’s inspiration

  1. What a fantastic nod to your grandmother. I’ve always felt a connection with dollhouse enthusiasts. They create everyday life in miniature and that can be more complex and detailed than other forms of modeling. You’re not only recreating everyday items which can be difficult in itself, but they have to stand up to the scrutiny of folks who see those items every day.

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