Being the proud owner of a finely furnished doll’s house has always been the dream of little girls. But even a dolls home needs a change of scenery. The 15. Miniature brose "very rough on a small scale" in the museum of the german toy industry: throughout the museum house, the hearts of collectors, dollhouse decorators and lovers of all ages nearly overflowed with fascination.
The neustadt museum was transformed into a living "1 in 12 paradise". Tiny dolls, cutely furnished dollhouses, lovingly and comfortably furnished down to the smallest detail, everything useful for daily life filigree made, could be marveled at, admired and purchased. The wide range of exhibitors, who came to neustadt from all corners of germany, gave the visitors childlike joy the whole saturday long. Museum director udo leidner-haber was enthusiastic about the stream of interested visitors.
Still room in the parlor
"I have a doll’s house, a lot still fits in it, just like in real life", grinned katharina wilke from bamberg. She has been a dollhouse owner for 26 years now. "As the years go by, it grows and grows, and then even in the doll’s house you have to jerk the furniture around. I always like to redecorate it", she said, as she looked around with her mother and friend. "We are here, looking and always spending a lot of money", she added with a wink. "And then one sits down at home in front of his house and looks, where what fits best still in it. Then one places it and is pleased, is already, or?"
And because katharina wanted to decorate her dollhouse for christmas, she was looking for tiny christmas tree balls. And it was actually found by glassblower gerd felka from thuringia, who used tweezers to carefully pack the mini glass spheres for transport.
"I came from schwabach near nurnberg and I have a box of miniatures with me. Maybe I could sell something here", ingrid stander says. The doll maker had everything with her that makes a doll’s house comfortable. "Every year for christmas my husband had rebuilt me something from our living room 1 to 12". Granddaughter marie-lena accompanied her grandmother on her mission: "for me, all this is nothing, it’s all very nice, but I’m not at the age where you can furnish yourself with decorations and things like that. I’m a flat-sharing guy and I don’t collect anything".
"As a child my mother left me a doll’s cake with a real stove to cook on. She has a place of honor in my dollhouse. Now I look, what there is still so everything for doll cake, which could fit with me still in it", daniela freyer enthused and her husband carsten grinned.
Barbara leuchtenberg from lippstadt is a regular guest in neustadt, she made the miniature borse popular. The "1 to 12 – the magazine" is her work. She used to model dolls. "Because that simply did not work with the dolls, bars and the miniatures, her idea was to create a miniature borse. She held her first one in soest/westphalia. In the meantime, she has brought europe’s largest exhibition to rheda-wiedenbruck when the soest town hall became too small. "I came to neustadt because one must also support the museums, quite simply. We come here every year".
That’s also what basket maker waldemar backert from michelau does, who conjured up a tiny wicker chair. "I am only 86 years young and was one of the first to participate here in neustadt. I organized this with ingrid schikora back then", said the vital senior. "I am also to blame for the fact that this borse has been going on for so long", grinned backert.
Library in mini
Bookbinder kathrin hohensee brought a whole library to neustadt. She even immortalized the michelau basket maker and his works in her tiny booklets. Exhibitor eva-maria bauer came back to the doll city from near augsburg after ten years "to make the scene here a bit more colorful". Their miniature chats offered everything that makes bavaria so typically bavarian. Tiny beards in lederhosen and dirndls, finely trimmed dog champs – . "I do it all myself. In the old days I used to take courses that are now called workshops. Young people today have ipads and iphones, and that’s it. A hobby like this is not part of it.