I think I have put together about two dozen room settings in preparation for this Design Within Reach (DWR) event. Only a handful of scenes will go on actual display though. Getting ready for this event is slightly more work than I had anticipated, however it did provoke me to check out the local craft store. While shopping, it became painfully obvious that I hadn't been to a craft store in several months because even after walking around the store for over an hour, I continued to ask myself "Hey, did you know that they sell some cool stuff in here?" Chuckles.
I definitely recommend the jewelry making aisles to all the modern miniature enthusiasts out there. There's some jewelry supplies that try to appeal to a trendy and younger crowd. I find that the trinkets, charms and pendants among these offerings can easily be used as accessories and art in a miniature setting. Two examples are shown on the Noguchi coffee table in the pic above.
I also stumbled upon embossed felt. I didn't even know that they made such a thing. It was marked 'New Item' but I'm sure my more craftier counterparts have seen this "anomaly" before.
I think this material is quite useful for rugs and wall coverings in a structure. Note that it still has typical felt properties, but it has a very nice texture that you can see in both photos. Plus, the patterns scale well in 1:12. Yeah...I spent too much money in that store...Sigh.
Since the DWR event was announced, I've been getting an increase of emails from people around the globe. It always surprises me when people reach out. Some of the emails that I receive are lamenting about the inability to attend the DWR event. This makes me think more seriously about how to coordinate a larger scale event that would allow the global modern miniature community to meet. The main question for me is location. What would be the most convenient geographical place to meet? Hmm...