|After dessert, it was time for the presentation by Nancy LaChiusa and Denise Voelker. Nancy said that she started in the world of miniatures when she joined a dollhouse club. She now belongs to two different dollhouse clubs. The people who design the little worlds are called miniaturists. Miniaturists are people who make, collect, or specialize in miniature objects, such as tiny dollhouse rooms. Many miniaturists, Nancy said, actually create an entire story about their structure before they furnish their rooms. As an example, one story was about a tiny rowhouse that was created in a box. On the first floor, there is a bar, with sailors as the clientele. The second story is occupied by empty nesters, who like traditional furniture. The third story is occupied by young people, who prefer modern furniture. The roof has been dedicated as a green space so a garden was placed on the roof.
Nancy also showed off a medieval castle, with stone walls decorated by tapestries. In the great room, the king and queen sat at tables with chairs. Everyone else sat on benches
According to Nancy, dollhouse designers work in various sizes. The largest size would be a one inch scale. That means that one inch in the dollhouse would equal one foot in the “real world.” That is actually considered fairly big and storage of the houses could be a problem. The tiniest of the little worlds would be placed in matchboxes. Nancy showed off a school house scene that was done in a matchbox.
Nancy and Denise brought a collection of boxes, bags, and other assorted objects that are used in displaying tiny worlds. One of the objects was originally a CD cabinet. In each compartment is a different room. The scale for that is one-half inch in the little rooms are the equivalent of one foot in the “real world.”