Saturday, September 18, 2010

The DWR Miniature Modernism Exhibit...and After


The DWR event in San Francisco went quite well. The atmosphere was pleasant and allowed for more meaningful conversation and connection. It was a lot of work to plan, pack-up, transport and set-up miniature structures but definitely worth it. I can't say that I was 100 percent satisfied with the scenes I had on display, but others appeared to enjoy it so that's good. Anyway, the folks at the Jackson St. Studio mentioned doing another event next year...I might subject myself to that kind of torture again if the opportunity does present itself. Smiles.

My favorite part of the whole night was watching people appreciate modernism in a smaller scale. Even those who are not a member of the hardcore miniature modern community were captivated by the works on display. Some attendees may actually become a member very soon. My apologies to all whom we have converted. Chuckles. It was wonderful to people watch and meet new folks. It was particularly amusing to meet people who know me through this blog. After each personal introduction to blog readers, I would be asked to clarify, "You're Mini Modern?". It was quite funny to me and I felt the need to apologize to them for shattering whatever image they have had for the last three plus years. I find it quite interesting (and lucky) that I have liked everyone whom I've met in person from these established Internet relationships that are centered around this hobby.

I got to finally meet Doris Nathans
on of Mini Modernistas who is so nice, real and down-to-Earth fabulous. I liked seeing her 1:18 furniture pieces on display--which still had the same quality as her 1:12. Unbelievable. Gotta love her skills. Yeah, I was weak and bought some more of her items, but in my defense, they were right there for the taking. And it was good to see Paris Renfroe of PRD Miniatures again. He brought his Sky Lofts, a Gallery, some M112 Pods and all kinds of other wares that make collectors swoon. My wallet was seduced again...I'll need another storage cabinet. I also had the pleasure of meeting Tim Boyle of Brinca Dada. He's laid-back cool and very easy to talk to. He trusted me enough to share his concepts on possible Brinca Dada dollhouses #3 and #4. I enjoyed getting a glimpse of the sketchbook that he carries around. I will only say that what I saw looked fabulous, innovative and very exciting. You're gonna want to buy them.

I definitely appreciate the support that
was showed for the event and this passion of a hobby. Mini Dork, Left Coast Mini, Mini2B, Jocelyn, Yuko, Iris, Lisa, Andrea and everyone = You are great. We must have drinks and conversation again!

19 comments:

  1. Wow, looks like such a great event! And it's so cool to see Doris and Paris. I agree that the best part for me too was seeing people's reactions to the mini creations. The smiles made it all worthwhile. I saw leftcoastmini posted on your displays -- will you post more pics on what you showed? I'd love to see them from your perspective too. Rest up, now and relax! :)

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  2. It is probably that you are so young, that people are surprised,:) C

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  3. Hi Call Small
    It was fun. I will post some pictures of the rooms I created. I didn't know leftcoastmini posted. I'll have to take a look. We missed you, man! I wish I could rest but I have much work to do over in these parts. Sob...sob

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  4. Ha! You make it sound like I'm 10...Chuckles.

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  5. *sigh* Am so thrilled that the event was a blast! Alas, this simply is making the rest who couldn't come just sigh and hope for a next time. (That's so cool you met Doris -- am still saving up a huge chunk of $$$ to buy more of her furnishings -- as a prewedding present to myself o' course! *sheepish laugh*).

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  6. Ha! You and Megan make me feel 900sigh. You both have such joie de vivre and elan. Plus check out that picture you put up of me with Doris... I look 900. :) C

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  7. Oh wow, these photos are so great. Thanks for posting them it is so great to see these minis and houses that I have read about. The Antrim is very cool.

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  8. No words to describe how much Iris and I enjoyed meeting all the lovely folks at this event. I do hope we meet again soon!

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  9. Hola ChibiPulse,
    Confession: I want to buy more Doris items too. Ha ha!And I didn't know you were getting married = congrats! Will their be modern miniatures on the cake? Kidding.

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  10. *GASP* My Realitty! 900???! I wouldn't put you a day over 25. You look fine in that picture! However, if it does truly bother you, I will definitely remove it. Let me know.

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  11. Hey Barb,
    I now so wish that I hadn't given my Antrim away...I can't wait to see what else Mini Dork does with it.

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  12. Hey Tim
    Man, I wish you guys lived on the West Coast. I really enjoyed talking to you and Iris. Tell Iris that I'll try again at container gardening thanks to her tip--Ha ha! Yes, it would be cool to meet again. We'll see what the future holds...

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  13. Oh, I'm soooo jealous !! Especially since I live in the Bay Area !! Please post any up-coming modern miniatures events, I would love to attend !! Wow, such talent all in one room !

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  14. The event looked like it was a success! You should definitely run another... it's something I'm going to "coincidently" plan around my visit to family on the west coast ;-)

    Thanks for sharing the pictures! Wish I was there..

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  15. I just realized that you featured my posts on your side panel... and I just want to say THANK YOU! It means so much to me that other people appreciate my work *tears up* thanks again hun!

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  16. Hey Tiny Stuffs,
    Will definitely post on any other upcoming events. Cheers!

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  17. Hey Ann,
    Hope we get to see you at the next event. Aww--no tears! Chuckles. The "how-to's" are cool---especially since I cannot build much of anything.

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  18. I am so sorry I missed this event.. right down 101 too. Modern Minis have been on my mind forever, and more recently since thinking what to do with the one I've got that I've never found room for. Too caught up with slightly bigger things in smaller spaces. Still remember the crunch when Sharon C. road my bike in the basement and smashed into my homemade dollhouse so long ago. But more recently, have just listed my Bozart Kaleidoscope House on eBay. Could never find a spot for it and it's been sitting in a quiet place, never unpacked and never far from mind since buying it in 2001 at SFMOMA. Hopefully, will give someone else a great deal of pleasure. I may regret parting with it someday, but reading such devotion from others feels like it will find a wonderful spot elsewhere. Thanks for keeping the love and delight in mini modern architecture and design so alive. MO

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  19. Thanks MOartbuzz,
    I hope this movement continues to grow.

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