‘When Anyone Braves the Opinion of the World – Sooner or Later They Will Feel the Consequences of It.’ ~ Lady Melbourne
Once Upon a Time and in a Land Not Too Far Away as a fair maiden was foraging through the shelves of her local supermarket on the lookout for something to ‘throw together for a family supper’ – she picked up a copy of Dolls’ House Magazine for a ‘quick read’ which she hoped would lighten the monotony of all the horrible housework still patiently waiting for her at home.
Hours later and with the housework unfinished and the promise of a cold supper for her poor starving family, the fair maiden realised that she had been left captivated by the wonder of the discoveries that she had made between the pages of this magazine.
And ever since that fateful day, she have been creating her ‘Small Worlds’ and although her passion to design a miniature world remains just as intoxicating and as challenging as ever was; the fair maiden is the first to admit that it has left her a lot lighter in pocket with her children barefoot and the pantry empty of chocolate biscuits…
My favourite poet Lord Byron once said: “IF I don’t write to empty my mind, I will go mad” and when I think back to that fateful day many years ago when curiosity got the better of me and I picked up a copy of THAT magazine which then went on to change my life – I NOW understand where the man was coming from!
Welcome to the extraordinary tales of a 12th scale feline AND the ONLY animal, domestic or otherwise enjoying unlimited visitation privileges to MY ‘Small Worlds’.
The inspiration for Little Big Cat is a Persian fluff-ball who moves like the speed of light, has a penchant for lime-green feathers and who can on occasion be extremely vocal – particularly when a basket of grooming implements comes into view!
He will on occasion answer to the name of Murphy…
AND with the debut appearance of ANOTHER fluff-ball who enjoys a ravenous appetite, has a fondness for cuddles and who will sometimes answer to the name of ‘Minnie B’ – the adventures continue!
Self-taught and armed with plaster, strip wood, paints, mountboard, papier-mâché, natural foliage, clay, glue and lots of imagination, I design my ‘Small Worlds’ using whatever is around me at the time including scrap MDF, cardboard boxes, model kits, a huge plant pot, a tatty dolls house, some chicken wire, a tree stump and even a grotty, old waste bin.
AND wait until you see the ‘Small Worlds’ I plan to create with an abandoned bicycle wheel, a plastic paint tub and one very large wire mesh basket once used to store a giant firework!
I once jokingly calculated that I would need to live another 250 years to create my dream projects into 12th scale reality.
Remember how I told you about the magazine that changed my life?
Well, some years later I was offered a monthly ‘Tee Time’ column and for one glorious year I got to share my 12th scale musings along with the triumphs, tears and the delicious cake that I had enjoyed along the way AND I was paid for it too!
Although I love what I do and cannot imagine myself doing anything other than this – I know that in this crazy world of mine that it’s impossible to survive on fresh air with only a diet of hope and the occasional box of donated teabags.
The glue, paint, wood, tools, paintbrushes, fabric and all of the other lovely stuff I use to create my imaginary worlds ALL costs money AND if it didn’t I would either be crawling over hot coals to get to this ‘Land of the Free’ or I’d be spending time at Her Majesty’s Pleasure.
ALL of which has brought me to the wonder that is Patreon!
Patreon is a membership site for artists just like me – although I’ve yet to find anyone else using this site who creates anything quite like I do…