House shows creative power of miniatures

London exhibition features illustrator’s doll’s house and shows how miniatures have helped inspire her designs over the years

Cutforth, the mother of a school friend. DHW readers will know Pat as an expert miniaturist – a long-time DHW contributor, workshop tutor, and fund-raiser for Cancer Research.

âœI would spend days with Pat making things,❠says Child. âœShe taught me how to use woodworking tools and create furniture from my own designs. She also taught me that fabric makes very good miniature wallpaper.

âœI would buy a quarter metre of fabric from Laura Ashley with my pocket money to use for wallpaper. In the 70s and early 80s they had wonderful graphic prints, usually one or two colour designs these made a perfect backdrop for a room. This influenced my work later.â

The exhibition will explore the way that the illustrator’s inimitable collage techniques reference her experience of building and furnishing doll’s houses.

âœAs an illustrator you are always observing, seeing what will make people believe in your story, in your picture. Arranging the doll’s house taught me what works in a scene â” what patterns and colours go together â” it taught me how to show a story in pictures and create a design that was balanced, that wasn’t too overwhelmed with objects.

âœI brought this layering and threedimensional quality learnt from creating the doll’s house unconsciously into my Atop-selling children’s author and illustrator is putting her doll’s house on display to show how her passion for miniatures has influenced her work.

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