CHILDREN playing skip rope in the park, ducks eating by the pond, washing on the line and a farmer ploughing the field.
It’s a scene from any picturesque village – and in this instance, all in 1/48th scale.
Creating small and highly detailed worlds is a passion for members of the Miniature Enthusiasts of Tasmania (MET).
Celebrating its 28th birthday this month, the MET now comprises 55 members statewide and prides itself on fostering the enjoyment of miniature making as a hobby.
MET president Kaye Smith said people did not need a dollhouse to “enjoy the pleasures of miniature making”.
“Beautiful miniatures can be made just to have on display and we love to recycle and reuse everyday items,” she said.
“With a little imagination, ordinary objects can be made into something magical.”
At the end of July, the MET will be presenting an exhibition of its work at the Moonah Arts Centre, showcasing a range of displays, including the popular quarter scale village ‘Littlebourne’, as well as ‘Christmas in July’ and ‘Walk in the Garden’.
MET treasurer Sandra Paine said she joined the club in 2004 after seeing a Christmas Breakaway Box at the Doll’s House and deciding she wanted to make one.
“I enjoy the hobby because it’s non-competitive and everyone is supportive and generous, sharing ideas and offering helpful advice,” she said.
“The new Moonah Arts Centre gives us the opportunity to share our hobby with the wider community.”
Every second year, the MET also hosts a large Dollhouse and Miniature Show at the Salamanca Arts Centre, with the next show scheduled for 2016.
Ms Paine said the Dollhouse and Miniature Show saw traders travel from interstate and New Zealand to view the work on display.
“It gives many people the opportunity to buy components to make their models as realistic as possible,” she said.
“The public are always amazed at the detail that can be achieved and visitors always smile and go away feeling happy.”
The Dollhouse and Miniatures display will be held at the Moonah Arts Centre in Albert Road from Wednesday 29 July to Friday 31 July from 10am to 5pm and Saturday 1 August from 10am to 3pm.
A gold coin donation is appreciated.
For enquiries, please contact Kaye Smith on 6272 9852.