In theory, I am supposed to be making theatres next week.
First, however, I have to find the right things to make them with.
After an exhaustive search of the attic I have found the ultra- fine, Russian marine ply (that is apparently used for making full-size kayaks), but not the pine strips that are necessary for the rest of the structure – and without which there is, basically, no theatre.
I did find a box of sample houses that I had packed away at least 8 years ago and I was surprised at how crude some of them were. Memory plays some funny tricks, I remember them quite differently and would make them differently today.
They also reminded me of how surprised I was at the national differences between collectors. For example, there is very little tradition of room settings in this country and I never sold a hat shop in the UK – except to K******, who said, ‘Well, someone will like it’ – and was not very happy when it was bought by a German lady the following week.
I also found an old tiger skin rug that I had made years ago – I wonder if I would get lynched if I was to try selling these today?
Would I have to add all sorts of disclaimers?
I do not endorse the turning of tigers in to rugs!
This miniature is NOT made from real tiger skin!
Maybe I should be more positive – Save a tiger, buy a fake instead!