I’m Ellie and I just love miniatures. I have my own 14 room dollshouse which will always be a work-in-progress; so I understand what it is to be a collector of all things in this tiny world.
I started painting miniatures in 2002 when I wanted some pictures to put in my own dollshouse. A friend, who owned a dollshouse shop, asked if she could sell my paintings in her shop, and that’s how I began making miniatures to sell to other collectors. Starting small we attended local dollshouse fairs, gradually expanding to do fairs like Miniatura and the Kensington Dollshouse Festival.
I am an exhibiting member of the Hilliard Society of Miniature Painters and Sculptors and regularly exhibit my paintings in their annual international exhibition in Wells, Somerset.
My first love and, you could say obsession, are my books! I just love making miniature books. I try to make the books using traditional bookbinding techniques and, yes, that does mean stitching each page in place.
My books are bound in both leather and PVC coated papers.
I have a full set of miniature tools (which I’m always adding to) for both gold and blind tooling finishes. The tooling is achieved by heating up the tools on a hotplate and pressing them into the leather.
Each book takes around 2 hours to make. Here are some examples of the finished books.
…. And here is a selection of children’s books.
I could only do this because I have the support and assistance of my husband Neil. He is my web-designer, my salesman, my advisor, my chef and washer-upper… the list goes on. He puts up with my stress times and keeps me calm. And now he is contributing to the making process. He is in charge of everything to do with “prints”; he sources suitable images, prints them, then varnishes and frames these beautiful little paintings.
Why not browse our shop and maybe you might start/enhance your collection.