My husband Noel and I have been building aged miniature houses–Victorians, Bungalows, commercial buildings and roadside restaurants–for collectors and museums since 1974. At that time we quit our careers in advertising, and left the city for a simpler life on the coast of Washington State. Ten years ago we migrated across the river to Astoria, OR. We are Fellows of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans and teach at their school in Castine, ME each June . Our specialty is aging–making a structure that reflects the consequences of time, the elements, and human habitation. Over the years we built 64 1″ scale structures, taught over 50 week-long workshops, and made friends from around the world. This year we will be retiring from teaching and building, and I hope to include here some of the things we learned along the way.
Most of our work resides in private collections, but some of the finer examples can be seen at The Toy & Miniature Museum of Kansas City; The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, Maysville, KY; The Mini Time Machine, Tucson, AZ; The Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys; and Angel’s Attic, Santa Monica, CA.
Read more about our work at http://www.thomasopenhouse.com
Hi Pat and Noel,
We are at the IGMA Board meeting in Chicago and are investigating setting up our own blog. We are looking at yours for ideas.
We like your site!
Mary Yount, Kim Narog, Misty Barth, Annelle Ferguson, Duffy Wineman, Carol Hardy, Corky Anderson, Pat Richards, Barbara Davis, and Kaye Browning (who thanks you for the museum advertising).
Thanks! I’ve sent Barbara an email explaining more, but meantime, just go to http://www.wordpress.com and click on Getting Started–it’s very easy, and free. Have fun!