YOUR DOLLSHOUSE NEWSLETTER . PUBLISHED MONTHLY .
VOLUME 1. ISSUE 1 . MARCH 2005
Why are we so fascinated
with dolls houses, anyway?
By Ann Williams
That's an interesting phenomena, don't you agree? Why we, as grownups, adult people, most of us pursuing a normal career and a normal family life, submit ourselves to finding the time and the money to pursue a hobby that seems but a revisitation of a childhood memory.
As for me, it takes me to a time when my focus was utterly on being a minor god and providing for all ming sure my charges were living the best life possible in the most elegant terms. Which is all as it should be. I'm a girl.
Now, let's go a step further: What self respecting red blooded male would be caught live teasing a miniature dining set into a corner of a miniature dolls mansion for a bunch of badly dressed stick people? Wouldn't they be more likely to be out on a bicycle or at a sporting match or something similarly macho? Yes, to that. Still, there is the fascination... not to play with dolls or any such frivolous nonsense, but to view the structure of the tiny mansion as a prelude to... architecture; to engineering, to building a home for one's family... providing the grandest place possible.
Yes, for men and women alike, it's more than just 'playing with dolls'; it's the fascination of seeing your vision, a creative articulation of it, come to fruition. It urges one to more expressive endeavors and satisfies that inner itch to be a part of the inventive process.
| Seeing one of Steve's doll houses built and standing magnificently in front of you, every little quoin and arch and raised eyebrow in perfect placement, it's as if you've become a benevolent Gulliver and now it's time to make the Lilliputians happy. There's just something about the miniature world that grabs us and holds us. And now, as all grownup people, used to seeing the larger picture as required by our jobs and our daily pursuits, it's refreshing to bring one's focus into play as one did when small. Little fingers easily maneuvering a tiny table setting... now we use tweezers, but the satisfaction is the same.
And then, the personal historical aspect to making these doll houses into 'live', livable dwellings, peopled by our great grandparents and their friends... yes, imagine! Then we take it just that one step further... WHAT IF Steve could build us a beautiful estate, that which our great great grandparents settled, back in the hills of southern Pennsylvania... or wherever the ties of your past take you. WHAT IF Steve could... yes, imagine!
If I live to be a hundred, it's not likely I'll ever be able to satisfactorily articulate the many reasons we enjoy the fascination of the miniature.
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| Ann Williams is a designer and an artist. Her
interest in dollhouses began at the age of 7 and has
followed through to grandchildren and beyond.
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