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Spring Miniatura
NEC, Birmingham, UK
30th & 31st March 2019
Future Show Dates - TBA
Friday, 02 March 2018 15:01

workshop headerWe are expanding the workshops for this show, you'll be able to see all the established favourites but also a few extra treats as well. We hope to have something for everyone whatever their level of ability. The experts have always made sure learning new techniques has been as fun as it is rewarding. This time we also have the generous support from Dolls House & Miniature Scene in the form of a talk by the Editor, Carl Golder, and everyone who takes part in the workshops will be getting a free copy of Dolls House & Miniature Scene as well. Each issue is packed full of ideas to inspire miniaturists to get involved in making, it's the perfect accompaniment for the Miniatura Workshops.frnt cover dhms

Previous visitors will be familiar with the excellent workshops offered by The British Polymer Clay Guild, The Small Scale Fiddlers, The Miniature Needlework Society and Kit Meggitt of Queen Elizabeth Dolls Houses. Miniatura has dedicated more space to the workshops this time which means that they can be a little longer or more frequent.

David Bishop from Small World Products has been offering a talk at the last couple of shows and we will be converting one workshop into a special Talks Area to make this a more suitable space for this. We also have Carl Golder from Dolls House & Miniature Scene offering a chance to "Meet the Editor" on Sunday and Kate Macrae (also known as "Wildlife Kate") showing us how she used miniatures combined with her love of wild birds to create a rather unique project.

Kate MacRae, AKA 'WildlifeKate' has been passionate about wildlife for as long as she can remember. This passion, combined with a love of technology, has led her to set up nearly 20 wildlife cameras in her own Lichfield garden and over 30  in a private 7-acre site she manages. She has appeared on BBC Springwatch, Autumnwatch, Countryfile and local news programmes, sharing her passion. To capture the imaginations & interests of her audience, Kate started using 1/12 doll's house items to create mini sets for both mammals and birds to feed in and then live streamed the results on the Internet. She will be sharing some of her projects with us and hoping to get some enthusiasts involved in helping her create the ultimate feeding areas for live creatures!" Here's a quick taste of what she's been up to https://youtu.be/tSXmnGFxdR4

The new workshop by Tom Ellis of Curious Oddities will also expand your idea of what miniatures can do. His workshop is perfect for kids and adults alike and you'll be able to create a new creature in miniature, something different to liven up your dollshouse.

"I'm bringing my 'Create a Creature Workshop' to Miniatura 2018 and hope you can come! It is a fantastical and imaginative workshop that allows you to create a magical and mythical creature sculpture. The Workshop is open to all ages and abilities, lasting roughly 90 minutes and involves choosing a creature, decorating it, naming it, giving it a home and creating a mythical story!" For full details take a look at Tom's Page.

The full breakdown of the workshops is below including the specific times when each will be on over the Miniatura weekend.

Queen Elizabeth Dolls Houses
11.00 am - 12.30pm - Inspired by the 1970’s
Capacity: 10
Cost: small charge for materials (approx £3)
No advance booking - First come first served

The Miniature Needlework Society
12.30pm - 2.00pm - Needlework techniques
Learn all about Kumihimo Braiding
Capacity: 8
Cost: £5 to include materials and Kumihimo Starter Booklet
Advance booking at the stand W15

Small Scale Fiddlers
2.00pm - 4.00pm - Sleeping mouse
Make a mouse sleeping inside a hazlenut
Capacity: 10
Cost: £1 for materials
No advance booking - First come first served

Curious Oddities
10.30am to 12.00pm & 1.00pm to 3.30pm
Capacity: 8 at each workshop
Cost: £15.00
Advance booking at the stand or before the show by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The British Polymer Clay Guild
10.30am to 11.30am
11.45am to 12.45pm
1.15pm to 2.15pm
2.30pm to 3.30pm (Saturday ONLY)
Capacity: 8 at each workshop
Cost: by donation to charity.
No advance booking - First come first served.
For specific details of each workshop visit them on stand W18

David Bishop of Small World Products
12.30pm - 2.00pm - Both Days
Dolls House Wiring & “Question Time”
Wiring Dolls’ Houses & Any Questions
Capacity 20
Cost: None
No advance booking - First come first served.

Kate MacRae - Wildlife Kate
2.30pm - 3.30pm - Saturday Only
Kate Macrae gives us an insight into her rather unique wildlife project.
Capacity: 20
Cost: none
No advance booking - First come first served

Carl Golder from Dolls House & Miniature Scene Magazine
2.30pm - 3.00pm - Sunday Only
Meet the editor and find out how a magazine comes together.
Capacity: 20
Cost: none
No advance booking - First come first served

Many thanks to Dolls House & Miniature Scene for supporting the workshops. Everyone taking part will receive a copy of the magazine full of projects for you to try at home. Offer available while stocks last. Each “workshop” will receive 10 copies of the magazine.