5 Editor’s Note: Read Bea Broadwood’s
introducon & welcome to this month’s fabulous
edion of the FREE AIM magazine!
14 Through The Keyhole: This month we take a peek at
the work space of AIM arsan Janet Smith.
17 Show Report: Cheryl Clingen reports from
22 Smaller Scales: This month Jean Day and AIM’s smaller
scale arsans focus their magniﬁers on a Harvest &
35 Miniatura Preview: A preview of some of the new items that
will be on show by AIM Members at Autumn Miniatura.
48 Cross Over Cras: Featuring AIM member Lydia Murphy.
56 New On The Web: This month we take a look at Dave and
Pauline Williams new website.
58 AIM Gallery Feature: Witch’s Spa & Salon ‐ Jean Day
presents a gallery of glamorous witches, complete with all
their spa and beauty salon needs.
66 The Kning Basket: Read the latest instalment of this popular
series in which Frances Powell tells the history of kning needles.
78 Aunt Anastasia: If you have a miniature dilemma, then why not
write to our very own agony aunt for her well considered advice?
80 NEW Fantasy Column: From the pen of Oberon’s Wood this new
regular feature begins with ‘Here, There be Dragons!’
82 Geng To Know You: Get to know more about AIM member
102 In Season This Month: This month Vicky Guile and her fellow AIM
food arsans present us with a mini gallery of both ghastly and
108 Blog of the Month: This month’s focus is on the blog of Dawn
120 Show Report: Montse Vives reports from Barcelona and
Janet Smith reports from Denver.
123 The Miniature Grapevine: Catch up on all the latest
news and announcements from the internaonal world of
October 2010: Issue No 27,
Cover Image: Oberon’s Wood
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6 Cover Story: An Interview with Oberon’s Wood: AIM has the
pleasure of interviewing fantasy arsan Oberon’s Wood.
18 Do You Believe in Faeries: Can AIM member Sara Scales
make you believe?
42 Where Did You Get That Hat: Calendula Gypsywort discovers
a myriad of very special pointy hats.
52 Poon‐ology, in Pracce: Vicky Guile presents the seven P’s for
praccally perfect poon preparaon.
70 Fairy Illustrators: Jean Day discovers more about the
representaon of fairy’s in literature.
88 Gnomes Rome Around the World: Jean Day takes us on a
journey with travelling gnomes Jules and Vern.
96 Mary Williams and her Dolls: Janet Smith presents and in‐depth
exposé of arsan Mary Williams and her unique dolls.
104 Old Mother Shipton: AIM member Eileen Sedgwick shares the
story behind the inspiraon for her Old Mother Shipton doll.
110 Things that Go Bump in the Night: AIM member Grace Griﬃn ﬁnds
out why we like to be scared by those things that go bump in the night.
114 Trolineke Trolls & Goblins: A closer look at the life and work of Dutch
arsan Ineke Marinussen.
12 Peeking Hat: A Halloween hat by AIM Member Kathi Mendenhall.
21 Halloween Cushions and Pillows: Chrisne Verstraete shares her
project for simple but eﬀecve ‘no‐sew’ cushions and pillows.
32 Crochet Cardigan: We know you will just love Lydia Murphy’s
project for a ny quarter scale crochet cardigan and cap.
34 Halloween Tree: A project for an easy Halloween tree, in three
smaller scales, from AIM Member Jennifer Ellio.
64 Dressing a Glamorous Witch: Step by step instrucons for head
to toe dressing of witch dolls by AIM member Montse Vives.
68 Round Lace Table Cloth: AIM member Frances Powell brings us her
crochet paern for a lace tablecloth in
both 1:12 and 1:24 scale.
77 144th Scale Crystal Chandelier: Jennifer
Elliot shows us how she creates highly
eﬀecve 144th scale crystal chandeliers.
100 Sailor Blouse: Viola Williams brings us
her wonderful 1:12 scale sailor blouse.
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How did you ﬁnd the Online Magazine??
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Did a miniature friend tell you about it?
...and do you already know about the Arsans In Miniature Website,
and the talented members who have all helped create this Online magazine.?
If not, copy, paste and CLICK now – www.arsansinminiatures.com and come and
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website has been created in order to showcase the fantasc work of the individual
professional internaonal arsan members who create beauful and original scale
miniatures for sale to the public. Together they form the Arsans In Miniature
Since its launch the AIM associaon has rapidly grown and now boasts membership of
well over 200 professional arsans, including some of the most talented within the
On the website you will ﬁnd further informaon about them and their work;
however, please note new pages are constantly being added and there are many
members who are not yet included on the site...
If you are a professional arsan who is interested in joining the associaon, you will
ﬁnd all the informaon there.....
If you are wondering what Fairs may be on in your area – that informaon is there
We have lots of links…to Fairs and Events Organizers…Magazines…Online Miniature
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If you’d like to contact us, copy, paste and CLICK...
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Jean Day, John Day,
& Vicky Guile
Welcome to the October edion of the
It may seem like an obvious statement,
but I really can’t believe that October is
actually here. Personally it takes no real
stretch of thought or memory to cast my
mind back to the beginning of the year…
and yet now, seemingly without fanfare
or formal announcement; autumn is
knocking loudly (yet politely) on the door!
As an editor it is my duty to work diligently behind the scenes, shepherding, coercing
or plain blackmailing each new issue into fruion. From the planning stages, to
global publicaon; at this point every month, it is my honour to announce yet
another ground breaking issue of the AIM magazine…
This edion has (behind the scenes) been a lile bit diﬀerent and I have to say that
this month, a very dear friend and editorial team colleague has, due to my current
show commitments, been jaunly wearing the infamous AIM magazine editor’s hat
and what a fantasc job she has done!
I would therefore like to thank AIM’s assistant editor Vicky Guile for allowing me the
space to work on my own business and for eding such a fantasc issue of the AIM
magazine! Vicky, with the enthusiasc support of AIM’s editorial team and AIM
members has forced this amazing October issue into existence!
Historically our October issue has always ‘blazed a trail’ across the miniature world
and in Vicky’s capable hands, this year’s issue is certainly no excepon!
So, as the autumn nights draw in and with that much celebrated ‘all hallow’s eve’ is
just around the corner… why not sele back, light the ﬁre and enjoy this new and
very ‘myscal’ edion of the world famous AIM magazine!?
Editor (& General whip cracker)
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Chrisne Verstraete shares an easy method for creang miniature
cushions and pillows ‐ no sewing skills required!
Decorang for Halloween can be as much fun in miniature as it is in real life. You
can start by simply adding a few special pillows to give a room a new look and holiday feel. These pillows can also
be used as unique 3D decoraons for gi boxes, papier‐mâché containers, scrapbook pages and other cras.
Coon fabric printed with Halloween shapes to cut out. Contrasng fabric for
the reverse of the pillows. Small scissors. Tacky glue. Coon bang or thin coon make‐up remover pads.
Coloured ﬁne glier. Dollhouse furniture, or oponal scrapbook pages or gi boxes.
Choose a suitable fabric with designs in the size you want to cut out. As I
wanted to use this for a smaller scale Halloween dollhouse I chose a smaller print fabric, although
some of these shapes could also work for larger furnishings. Place the required design, on the
printed fabric, on top of a piece of contrasng fabric for the reverse of the pillow. Cut around the design and
through both layers of fabric leaving a small edge (we will later cover this edge with glier). Cut a piece of coon
bang to the same shape as your cut out Halloween design minus approximately 1/16
of an inch around the
edge. Glue the cut bang, centrally, to the inside of your backing fabric piece.
Apply a ﬁne line of glue around the inside edge of the backing piece. Posion the Halloween cut out shape over
the bang and backing fabric, pressing down ﬁrmly around the edges making contact with the line of glue. Hold
in place for a few seconds unl the glue ‘grabs’. Once the glue has dried, add dots of tacky glue around front edge
of the pillow and sprinkle with ﬁne glier in a matching or contrasng color. Leave the pillow and glue to dry
Design, photos and project © 2010 C. Verstraete. Cannot be duplicated or reprinted without permission.
Chrisne Verstraete is a longme
miniaturist and author of Searching
for a Starry Night, A Miniature Art
Mystery involving the search for a
missing miniature replica of Van
Gogh's "Starry Night," and the
upcoming In Miniature Style II with
over 40 how‐to projects.
Learn more at www.cverstraete.com
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AIM membership is only available for professional miniature artisans,
selling quality handmade miniatures to the public.
Membership is reserved for artisans who wish to
showcase & promote their work,
through active participation within the AIM Association.
Please note; A waiting list has now been introduced regarding
new membership applications.
AIM is completely FREE to join and completely FREE to be part of.
So… if you are a professional miniature arsan and you would like to ﬁnd out more about joining the
AIM Associaon, please email AIM’s Membership Secretary: Tony for more informaon:
Or alternavely visit our website… www..arsansinminiature.com
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“An association of professional artisans,
dedicated to promoting a high standard
of excellence in original handcrafted scale miniatures…”
The way in which
AIM Associaon membership
is oﬀered has changed!
Due to an overwhelming uptake of
membership over recent months, as
from July 31st the AIM Associaon now
has limited memberships available…
The AIM Associaon was set up in 2007 in order to
provide a global plaorm for professional min‐
iature arsans who wish to acvely promote their
work and acvely take part and support the op‐
portunies and promoonal facilies which AIM
uniquely oﬀers for free: notably including...
• The AIM online forum
• Monthly FREE AIM magazine
• AIM Member's online directory
• AIM website
• Aim’s facebook & social networking pages
• The AIM blog.
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Dragon Skull and Scroll and Book Set by Nikki Rowe
Toadstool Basket by Mags Cassidy IGMA arsan
Poon Jars by Carol Smith IGMA Arsan
Dragon Embryo and Scroll by Ericka VanHorn
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Body Parts Ingredient Shelf by Nikki Rowe
Voodoo Cupboard by Ericka VanHorn www.evminiatures.com
Kitchen Utensils and Octopus Cauldron by Vicky Guile
Spell Chest by Oberon’s Wood www.sorceresshollow.com
Trio of Pumpkin Candles by Melanie Navarro
Drippy Candles by Mags Cassidy ‐ IGMA Arsan
Pumpkin Candelabra by Vicky Guile
Poon Boles on Table by Ericka VanHorn
Bleeding Candles by Nikki Rowe
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Gold Swirl Poon Boles by Mags Cassidy ‐ IGMA Arsan
‘Dirty’ Glass Poon Boles and Poon Jars with Faces by
Nikki Rowe www.nikkinikkinikki72.etsy.com
Assorted Poery Poon Boles by Ericka VanHorn
Dave and Pauline Williams have set up a new website
as their main online selling method from their base in
Kidderminster, Worcestershire, UK. The couple were
previously known for their miniature pictures and
frames but are now producing all kinds of miniatures
including ﬁreplaces, stoneware style kitchenware and
much, much more.
Dave started out with only painngs, but then decided
he needed a decent range of frames, and aer trying
almost every available frame eventually started
producing his own. This then led to his aempts at
basic furniture and other
“bits and pieces” as he calls
his beauful work. They
have come a long way since
This month’s New on the Web features Harvington Miniatures…
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Formaed by Vicky Guile
Dave and Pauline exhibited at some miniature fairs,
including Miniatura in 2008. They did well at the larger
fairs, but not so well at the smaller fairs. It was the
smaller fairs that made them realise they needed more
than painngs on the table.
They love exhibing at the fairs which is why they have
decided to move on and make a larger range. That is
when Pauline started geng involved, Dave carves and
makes, Pauline ﬁnishes and paints the miniatures ready
They are also proud to say that they make every single
item that they sell, apart from the base materials such
as pewter, wood and liquid plasc etc, they buy nothing
in ‐ this is the way they intend to carry on.
Dave and Pauline have big plans to extend their range
and to exhibit at a lot more fairs over the coming years.
Their previous website was built for them, but they
found the soware diﬃcult to use. In re‐launching their
website they used Homestead and have done since
2000, it is quick and easy to use but it is diﬃcult to
esmate how much me has been spent on the re‐
vamp. The resultant over‐all layout was arrived at by
trial and error and the Williams are happy with the
result. They have chosen clear, simple images on a dark
background which is eﬀecve, they have included a
couple of links to a BBC programme showing Dave’s
painngs, one link is where a pop group used some
miniature frames which Dave made especially for their
video. Dave would like to improve his photography
skills in the future and has big plans for the
development of addional pages. A prey good result
for someone without any experience of web design!
Best wishes to Dave and Pauline at Harvington
Miniatures for their future business.
Visit www.harvington.com to ﬁnd see
more of Dave and Pauline’s work.
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Ericka VanHorn is an arsan who adds a magical ﬂair to
her ny works of art. With an educaon in Archaeology
and Geology you would think she is a far distance from
being an arst in miniature but she weaves her
background beaufully into each ny treasure. Ericka
owned and operated a gi shop while working her way
through school. It was at this me she discovered her
love of miniatures. Later she sold the gi shop so she
could focus on her minis full me.
As a young girl Ericka did enjoy the usual Barbie dolls
and played with those, but her aenon was drawn
more to Lego pieces, which could be manipulated and
built with. That creavity seems to have taken over as
she started to assemble model kits, building ships and
other models ﬁlled her me and sasﬁed her need to be
creave. Her keen eye for detail was developed along
Ericka had a babysier whose
daughter owned a set of Pete
Princess miniatures and this
wonderful set of ny items caught her
eye. Not being allowed to play with
the other child's collecon started her
obsession to have a collecon of her
very own. In her early years, Ericka’s
Grandmother had hung an old printers
box on the wall to display miniatures.
This box contained all kinds of ny
items that she had collected over the
years, each lovingly placed in its own
small cubby. All the grandchildren
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When Ericka was a teenager her mother had built a dolls house for her younger sister. The house caught Ericka's
aenon more than that of her younger sister. Eventually Ericka's mother wanted to sell the dolls house and
asked Erika to help in lisng the house for sale on the aucon site eBay. Erika listed the house and was soon
geng more quesons about the lot of ny food on display inside than in the house itself; people were asking her
to make a set of the ny foods and treats for them.
Erika set up an ID of ‘minifood’ on eBay and this is where she started to sell her hand craed foods over 10 years
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Also a collector of miniatures, Ericka started
with a ny handmade glass cake plate. I would
bet this ny plate has displayed its fair share of
her creaons. Erika loves the items made by
other arsts as she appreciates the hard work
that goes in to them and knows full well what
one of a kind art work each is. She has a hard
me picking a favorite among them, although,
sculptors who work on dolls and form beauful
faces gain her respect the most. Looking over
Ericka's website you can see her love of fantasy
in the wee works of wizard essenals and daily
household items for a witch. You can ﬁnd all
your Voodoo needs, magic poons, wands, and
all the ingredients for a magical brew. The
accessories seem to be Ericka’s favorite subject
of sculpts, with books being a clear specialty as
you can see by the extreme detail she puts into
each one. Each ny open book, that reveals a
poon to be followed, is carefully book marked
with a draped ribbon or minute feather
between the pages.
Most of her works are placed ‘in use’ to add
that sense of acon to the room. Each item had
been researched well and care has been taken
to add detail and reality, such as a Sherlock
Holmes disguise kit complete with doll sized
false teeth and rubber nose. And, while Ericka
may ﬁnd it hard to describe her work and pin
point exactly what she makes, I think it's
obvious that she is a creator of all things fanciful
and magical, right along with every day food
items. Having no stand out favorite piece that
she has made, she prefers items that have an
old or historical look to them, such as books
with aged pages and cracked thick leather
bindings. Sing on a table these books even
seem to have weighness to them. Currently
Ericka is working on a curiosity cabinet that
deﬁnitely has me curious as she says it is
becoming one of her favorite pieces yet.
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Ericka also takes commissions, one of the most unusual, and fun to make, was for a Dracula coﬃn. Some items
she makes are so strange she worries people will be turned oﬀ and they won't sell but this was proven wrong
when she created a dragon embryo which turned out to be one of her biggest sellers. It's a safe bet that there is
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Photography and BJD (ball joint dolls) are also of
interest to Ericka. You can see her photography
talent in the very clear and well displayed
photos of her miniature work, but she also has a
...and here you can see Ericka’s breathtaking
infrared photos and other works. I am sure you
will enjoy taking an enchanted stroll through
Photos throughout ©2010 Ericka VanHorn
Text throughout ©2010 Sandy Calderon
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ike many miniaturists, Mary has always loved small
things, collecng miniature cut glass salts and knife rests
and loads of bits and pieces of small cut glass from the
mes when she was vising anque fairs as oen as
possible while she was sll working. One of those
trips took her to a dollshouse show with a friend
and she went from having no interest in
miniatures to being hooked. Mary has been a
professional miniaturist for the last ten
years. During six of those years, she was
sll working as a police oﬃcer, but
when she had completed her 30
years service she rered. For
the last four years, she has
been focusing on miniatures.
er ﬁrst shows were at the Alexandra
Palace Dollshouse fairs and she was
then “lucky enough to be invited to show
at Miniatura at the NEC Birmingham.”
Mary has always been interested in
historical costumes and loves the challenge
of reproducing those costumes in
miniature. What she does from week to
week varies as what mood takes her. One
week she may work on grand Georgian
ladies and the next week she may be
working on elegant
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er favourite creaons are usually her most recent
creaons if they’ve turned out well. Right now that piece
is a Tissot Lady based on “The Bridesmaid.”
ary has two bookcases full of historical
costume books from which she draws
inspiraon and she also gains
inspiraon from historical painngs.
She believes that her ladies have real
character to them and she strives to make them
look as realisc as possible. Mary has oen
been complimented on her painng and
people oen remark upon looking at her
dolls, that, “She looks just like my mum”
or “She looks just like my aunt”.
o make her dolls, Mary is largely self
‐taught and has had to teach herself
how to make the dolls in their basic
form. This includes pouring the dolls from
moulds, ﬁring them, cleaning them and painng
them before she even starts thinking about how to dress them. Now, much of that informaon is available on the
internet, but when she was starng out there wasn’t a great deal of help out there, and it was a trial and error
process for her. While this process involves a lot of diﬀerent skills and tools, she claims her “can’t live without”
tool is the “humble toothpick.” She goes through packs of them.
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er business life has changed over the years, with the
biggest change of all being the use of the internet.
She sells her dolls all over the world now, through
n fact, the internet business has been so good that
this October’s Miniatura will be her last show there. Mary
can sell dolls more or less straight away by pung them
straight onto her website. To do shows requires a large
inventory and she needs at least 40 dolls to take to the show.
But they sell so fast on the internet that she is lucky if she
has 12 available! Mary has to stop selling on the internet to
prepare for a show, which does not make much sense from
a business perspecve. The other change in her business
life has to do with her personal life. Her husband is semi‐
rered and she would like to be able to take a day out or
book a holiday without having it in the back of her mind
that she needs to
make some dolls
for a show.
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he does have plans for the future. She’s sll planning
to aend Miniatura as a visitor. She knows it’s a great
show and there are always several items that
she’d like to buy there. So she is looking
forward to going as a visitor. Mary has
been invited to exhibit her dolls at the
Thame Dollshouse Fair on the 19th of
February, 2011, so will be aending
that show for the ﬁrst me. On the
creave front, she will have more me
to look into doing some sculpng in
porcelain. Not doing the shows will
allow more me to hone this new skill
as well as others.
So connue to look for lots of new
miniature treasures from Mary Williams!
Text throughout ©2010 and wrien by AIM
Member Janet Smith www.desertminis.com
And, remember, if you are vising Miniatura, at
the NEC Exhibion Centre in Birmingham on
either the 2nd or 3rd of October, be sure to visit
Mary’s stand to see what wonderful new dolls she
has on oﬀer.
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Her story is shrouded in mystery; much of it appeared long
aer her death and has been embellished with the
retelling over the years. Ursula Southeil was probably born
about 1488, the illegimate daughter of a 16 year old girl
called Agatha who died at her birth. Many places in
England have claimed Ursula as their own, but most accept
she was from Knaresborough in Yorkshire where there is a
dropping well by the river Nidd. This petrifying well or
cave has been a ‘visitor aracon’ since the early 1600s.
Objects hung on threads in the cascades of mineral rich
waters of the well can be seen to slowly and rather
magically turn to stone.
Ursula married a local carpenter, Toby Shipton, in 1512.
Some claimed she had bewitched him with a love poon as
they could not conceive of how anyone so unaracve
could ﬁnd a husband. She was said to have a deformed
and twisted body, an overlarge head and goggling eyes,
hooked chin and large and warty nose. We see, perhaps in
this, the origin of the look of our archetypal ‘witch’ today.
She was also said to be clever, wise and
compassionate, so perhaps Toby
appreciated these qualies and was able
to overlook any ﬂaws in her appearance.
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Her reputaon as a soothsayer was widespread in her
own me. Even King Henry VIII himself, concerned
her predicons were threatening the power of the
monarchy, sent nobles to try to keep her quiet and
threatened to have her burnt at the stake as a witch.
Today people claim she predicted future wars and
historical events and the arrival of some
modern things like cars, planes, ocean liners,
and even the internet, all in a me when such
things would have been uerly unbelievable.
Around the world thoughts shall fly,
quick as the twinkling of an eye.
In water iron then shall float,
as easy as a wooden boat.
Carriages without horses shall go
Men shall fly as birds do now.
The scepcal say her prophesies are so vague
and open to interpretaon, that they could
mean almost anything with the beneﬁt of
hindsight. Some claim much was wrien
aer the ‘predicted’ events had already
happened, and so is all a hoax. Whatever the
truth may be she sll remains a widely loved
character today. As well as the Old Mother
Shipton Cave, there are pubs named aer
her, a moth which has a paern on the wings
like a witch’s face also bears her name, and
some think she may also have been the
original inspiraon for the pantomime dame.
When I decided to base a ﬁgure on the story
of Old Mother Shipton I was parcularly
aracted to the idea of the ‘old mother’ or
village wise woman; those once highly valued
older women of the community, skilled in midwifery,
herbal medicine, seng of bones and the laying out of
the dead. They possessed skills and wisdom those
around them did not understand, they were
somemes thus feared and accused of witchcra. If
there was any truth in the story of Ursula Southeil I
felt it was likely that her ‘power’
came from her ability to listen, to
think imaginavely, use her
intelligence and experience and
oﬀer sound advice.
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I did allow myself some fun reveling quite a bit in
some of the many descripons of her ‘grotesque’
appearance though, giving her the ‘warts and all’
treatment. I felt it was important that her reputedly
‘enormous’ hands were very expressive, I made them
so they can be posed simply in her lap or she can rest
on her walking sck, hold things or gesture as if
making a point.
I based her face on some of the illustraons and
portraits which exist of her and also on pictures of
older women, who I have always found beauful,
especially when they look intelligent and wise. Some
descripons suggest she had a sharp and penetrang
gaze and so I used that idea rather than the ‘goggling’
eyes version, which could have made her appear too
comical, not what I had in mind. I wanted my Old
Mother Shipton to look like the kind of woman who
would have known what to do if someone was ill, if
your hens were oﬀ lay or if you were bereaved,
someone who understood the rhythms of life and
nourished the spirits of those about them.
All photographs, text and graphics
©2010 Eileen Sedgwick
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Written by AIM Member Grace
Midnight Ghost! One of a kind scene by Crisna Caballero
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And why do we like to be scared?
From ghost stories to horror ﬁlms, we seek out
the thrill of fear. In the United States this
culminates at Halloween, when ghouls and
ghoses abound and people ﬂock to haunted
houses and other terrifying aracons.
Halloween has its roots in ancient holidays
celebrang the harvest, observing the turning of
the year from light to dark, and honouring and
appeasing those who have passed on. It's a me
of year when the veil between this world and
the next is believed to be thin, allowing spirits
to pass through. While we may welcome those
of our ancestors, other, less benign, spirits are
also free to roam.
Many of our Halloween
tradions are based on
warding oﬀ those harmful
spirits. Jack‐o'‐lanterns with
fearsome grins protect our
doorsteps; costumes and masks
mislead and keep the wearer safe;
mazes of corn or hay confuse and trap spirits
intent on harm. Images associated with death
and the occult ‐ ghosts, skeletons, witches,
vampires, black cats, bats ‐ adorn our homes as
symbolic protecon against evil.
Trick‐or‐treang seems to be an amalgamaon
of tradions. Medieval "mumming" and, later,
Scosh "guising" centered around costuming
and mischief‐making. Oen this escalated from
simple pranks to outright vandalism. "Souling"
was a medieval pracce where the poor would
go door‐to‐door and oﬀer prayers for the dead
in exchange for pennies or treats. Although
these tradions had largely died out by the
me Irish immigrants brought the
observance of All Hallow’s Eve to North
America in the mid‐1800s, they seem logical
forerunners of our current pracce. By the turn
of the 20th century costume pares and
pranking had become a well‐established part of
Halloween, and by the 1930s modern trick‐or‐
begun to take
Gravestones in both 1:24 (right) and 1:12 (far right)
scale by Dave Williams www.harvington.com
Trapped in the Mirror! (above)
Collaboraon piece by Marsha Mees
with Broom by Nikki Rowe
Vlad the Bat (le) by Kristy Taylor
Divinaon was another important aspect of ancient
fesvals at this me of year when the lines between
past, present and future were blurred. Bobbing for
apples dates back to pre‐Chrisan Ireland and is said to
have been brought there by the Romans. Apples were
associated with the Roman ferlity goddess Pomona
and rituals involving apples centered on forecasng
love and marriage (although the details varied).
Successfully catching an apple in a tub of water meant
that you would be married in the New Year ‐ or that
the ﬁrst one to do so would be the next one married.
Alternavely, if you caught an apple and peeled it in
one long strip and then threw the peel over your
shoulder, it would form the ﬁrst leer of your true
love's name. In another version of the game apples
are hung on strings suspended from the ceiling rather
than ﬂoated in water. In any version such methods of
divinaon were a way of seeing into the darkness and
bringing the diviner a sense of comfort and security in
the face of the unknown.
Bonﬁres were another way of marking the passage
from past into future and protecng people and their
animals from evil spirits. In the Irish fesval of Samhain
‐ the direct precursor of Halloween ‐ home hearth ﬁres
would be exnguished and large ﬁres would be lit on
hill tops. Oﬀerings of animal bones would be burned
in the ﬁres to bring good fortune (this is, in fact, the
origin of the word bonﬁre: bone ﬁre). Crops and
personal items would be burned as well. Animals were
driven between bonﬁres to ensure their protecon and
people stayed close to the sacred ﬁres throughout the
night. As the ﬁres died
down people would take
a lucky ember home to
relight their hearth ﬁre
for the coming year.
The Ghost of Anne Boleyn
available to order from Angelique Miniatures
www.angeliqueminiatures.co.uk e‐mail LBird77329@aol.com
Haunted Tree Corner by Jacqui Perrat www.ceynix.co.uk
Hand Carved Limestone Gargoyles by Linda Master
Etched Metal Web with Spider
and Haunted House Sign
by Carol Lester
In modern mes we've found new ways of
dealing with our fright, such as the popular
Halloween tradion of the Haunted House.
In this age of reason and science we may
try hard not to believe in ghosts ‐ but who
hasn't had that moment of dread when
home alone late at night (especially aer
watching a horror movie)? We turn on all
the lights and tell ourselves there's
nothing hiding in the dark. Haunted
houses unravel that thin assurance and
plunge us into our primal terror of
ghosts and ghouls and things that go
bump in the night. Safe in the
knowledge that it's all pretend, we can
jump and scream and laugh in the face
of our fears.
Halloween is a me when we can confront
the darker aspects of life. Death and
fear and the supernatural ‐ those
things that remain unspoken the rest
of the year ‐ can be faced and even
celebrated. Hidden depths
are revealed and we leap
into fear with a joyous abandon. In this way we impose
some measure of control over our own mortality and
the unknown future. The Fesval of the Dead becomes
a celebraon of life and fear is conquered for another
Written by and ©2010 Grace Griffin
Photographs throughout ©2010 by their respecve arsans.
OOAK Glow in the Dark Ghost
by Julie Campbell ‐ IGMA Arsan
Skeleton Walking Cane by Kathi Mendenhall IGMA Arsan
by Crisna Caballero
Governess and her Ghostly Charge
By Marsha Mees www.sassyminidolls.com
Trolls, goblins and kobolds, a mischievous elf that lives in your
home or a gnome that haunts underground places such as mines
in German folklore, are just some of Ineke’s favourite sculptures
to create, but out of all her sculptures her very favourite is a
caterpillar whose segments transform into kobolds. Each kobold
is approximately 10cm (or 3‐4 inches) in height and more
informaon on this piece can be found on Inekes’ website
Ineke Marinussen creëert magische sculpturen uit het rijk van de
fantasie en folklore. Trollen, kabouters en kobolden, een
ondeugende elf dat in uw huis
woont of een kabouter die in
ondergrondse plaatsen rondwaart,
zoals in de mijnen in de Duitse
folklore, zijn slechts enkele van
Ineke's favorieten. Maar haar
meest favoriete sculptuur is een
rups waarvan de segmenten
veranderen in kobolden. Elke
Kobold is ongeveer 10cm (of 3‐4
inch) in hoogte en meer
informae over deze creae is te
lezen op de website van Inekes’
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Ineke’s transion into the world of miniatures
came as a natural progression, from working
professionally between 1997 and 2000, to
teaching sculpture classes and then working
at sculpng just for fun as a pure hobby. She
had already begun working on smaller trolls combined
with large versions when she joined AIM, but being
part of AIM has steered Ineke towards reducing her
working scale to even smaller trolls and goblins.
Ineke's overgang naar de wereld van de miniaturen
was een natuurlijke proces van professioneel werken
tussen 1997 en 2000, naar het geven van boetseer
klassen en vervolgens gewoon boetseren voor de lol
als een pure hobby. Ze was al begonnen met het
werken op kleinere trollen in combinae met grote
versies toen ze zich bij AIM aansloot, maar haar
deelname bij AIM hee geleid tot het op nog kleinere
schaal werken aan trollen en kabouters.
Inspiraon comes easily to Ineke. She has an uncanny
ability to see trolls and goblins in the strangest of
places, clouds in the sky for one, and of course
inspiraon from more everyday sources such as
stories or even the faces of people she meets. When
the muse strikes she wastes no me on
unleashing her creave ﬂow, while the idea is
fresh she begins immediately. It’s not
unusual for Ineke to be working on ten
creaons simultaneously. There are some
who may ﬁnd this chaoc but for Ineke it’s a method
that obviously works. Some of Ineke’s current muse
directed creaons ‘under construcon’ are Santa Claus
along with ﬁve elves, each elf being about 13cm in
Inspirae komt gemakkelijk voor Ineke, ze hee het
vermogen om trollen en kabouters te zien op de
vreemdste plaatsen, zoals in de wolken in de lucht, en
natuurlijk in meer alledaagse dingen, zoals uit verhalen
of zelfs in de gezichten van mensen die ze ontmoet .
Als de inspirae toeslaat verspilt ze geen jd aan het
ontketenen haar creaeve stroom, als het idee fris is
begint ze onmiddellijk. Het is niet ongebruikelijk voor
Ineke om te werken aan een ental creaes
tegelijkerjd, sommigen kunnen dit chaosch vinden,
maar voor Ineke is het haar manier dat duidelijk werkt.
Enkele van de huidige 'under construcon' creaes
zijn Santa Claus samen met vijf elfen, elke elf is
ongeveer 13cm in hoogte.
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With a style of her own which is truly disncve and
which Ineke also describes as humorous, she loves the
fact that her creaons quite oen make people smile.
She is also very thorough in checking to see if the
creaon she has in mind already exists, if it turns out
that it does then Ineke won’t make it, instead moving
on to her next idea.
Met een eigen sjl, die echt uniek is en die Ineke ook
omschrij als humorissch, vindt ze het geweldig dat
haar creaes heel vaak mensen aan het lachen maken.
Ze is ook heel grondig om na te gaan of de creae die
ze in gedachten hee al bestaat, als blijkt dat het al
gemaakt is dan zal ze het niet maken en verder gaan
naar het volgende idee.
On Ineke’s desk you will ﬁnd her ‘couldn’t live
without’ tools; a spatula, ﬂat brush and a
small ﬁne brush. The favourite of these is the
ﬂat brush which gives Ineke perfect results every me.
Of course you also have to add to this list Ineke’s own
very talented ﬁngers! Being self taught Ineke tries to
ﬁnd her own way of creang and has invented a few
processes along the way and this is what she ﬁnds so
great about the hobby… trying new things, such as her
method of working a piece of tree trunk into what
turns out as an item of furniture.
Op Ineke’s bureau vind je haar 'kan niet leven zonder'
gereedschap, een spatel, een plae kwast en een klein
ﬁjn penseel. Favoriet is de plae borstel die Ineke
perfecte resultaten gee elke keer weer. Natuurlijk
moet je ook Ineke’s eigen talentvolle vingers aan deze
lijst toevoegen! Als autodidact probeert Ineke haar
eigen manier van het creëren te vinden en hee ze zo
een paar processen uitgevonden. Dit is wat
ze zo geweldig vindt van de hobby... nieuwe
dingen proberen, zoals haar werkwijze om
van een stuk boomstam een meubelstuk te
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Sadly over the years, as the doll business is now less in
demand that it was ten years ago, Ineke no longer
takes commissions. On the bright side however, this
does now mean that she can work on whatever she
chooses, drawing even more on her imaginaon and
ability to see trolls and goblins in the everyday. Ineke’s
plans for the future include the refurbishing of an old
dolls house in her possession. Not surprisingly, alt‐
hough this will be Ineke’s very ﬁrst dolls house, she
wishes to work her magic and transform the dolls
house into a trolls house, a very precious gi indeed
for her granddaughter.
Helaas is de laatste jaren de poppenbusiness minder in
trek dan en jaar geleden, waardoor Ineke geen op‐
drachten meer aanneemt. Aan de andere kant echter,
betekent dit dat ze kan werken aan wat ze wil, nog
meer ingaand op haar verbeeldingskracht en het ver‐
mogen om trollen en goblins te zien in het alledaagse.
Ineke's plannen voor de toekomst omvaen onder an‐
dere de renovae van een oud poppenhuis dat ze be‐
zit. Niet verrassend, hoewel dit haar eerste poppenhuis
wordt, is dat ze het poppenhuis wil transformeren in
een trollenhuis, als een zeer kostbaar geschenk voor
You can see more of Ineke’s work at… Haar werk kan beworderd worden op:
The Internaonal Doll & Teddybear Show, Ahoy, Roerdam on the 29‐30 October.
www.trolineke.nl and www.trolineke.blogspot.com
Photos throughout ©2010 Ineke Marinussen ‐ Trolineke
Wrien & Formaed by Vicky Guile Translated by Annemarie Kwikkel www.byannemariedolls.com
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See you in November !!!
Bea (Fiona) Broadwood
Dawn M Schiller
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contribuons from the following AIM members…
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