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It’s a small world

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 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 contains 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 Eastern Shore club coordinator Jill Miller said her 22 year membership began with a life-long attraction to small things and a chance meeting with a group of ladies eager to start a miniature making group on Hobart’s Eastern Shore.

“I enjoy my mini-passion because it is one of the few pastimes that encompasses nearly every art and craft form there is,” she said.

“My favourite part of the club is the camaraderie of our members and that when I have finished a piece it can just sit in the palm of my hand.”

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.

“It is important to display our items to any many people as we can, as it allows home miniaturists to know there are like-minded people in their community,” Mrs Miller said.

“Also, as an art form, we are proud of our work and the enjoyment it brings to our audience.

“Whenever we display our work, our committee works tirelessly to make it a special event and there will always be something to see that puts a smile on people’s face and has them saying, ‘they must be mad’.”

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.