Still Life

Do you ever think of your miniature setups as a series of still lifes? I often do. This new vintage chair and ottoman set lends itself especially well to a still life...I've never seen anything like it. Constructed of wood with a 1950s profile, the chair is covered in what appears to be oil cloth or coated wall paper, as is its ottoman. The legs are metal covered in red plastic, and taper to pointed ends. Neat, huh? If you know anything about it, let me know. I have a feeling it may be a handmade one-of-a-kind, but perhaps not!

I love this Modella credenza -- so photogenic, and functional. Even the little red drawers open!

The setting for this scene is thanks to the lovely Lemon Cadet...we did some joint purchases recently, and she added in this very beautiful room box to my package! It is composed of a plastic and foam core base with channels to put in three three panels. You can change them out, cover with scrapbook paper or other materials, etc. Nice possibilities, and super easy to store! I hereby christen my new "Cadet Room Box" with this scene -- thanks, Lemon Cadet!!!

I also wanted to share an online opportunity for you mini-hobbyists and mini-makers to share your creative perspective with the world. The Museum of Arts and Design in New York City currently has a very cool exhibition on view that focuses on mini worlds: "Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities." As part of the exhibit, they launched an online gallery, "Small Realities," and they welcome submissions that present alternate realities in small form.

I submitted some photos and a statement; you can view it here. Check out all the submissions, and please consider submitting your own work -- it would be great to see the online gallery grow! Let me know if you participate. By the way, I am planning to see the exhibition this month, and will report back.

Credits: Vintage ottoman and chair and Arc lamp are eBay purchases; credenza is Modella; rug is jute scrapbook paper from the Paper Source, and the bird wallpaper is also from there; moss glass pot is from the Lemon Cadet package, and it is filled with hobby store moss and wrapped with some strands from the jute scrapbook paper. Accessories are vintage German and Re-ment.

The time it took me: 57 minutes