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Perfection in Miniature Awards 2017 - Year 3.

The KDF office is always slightly on edge in the middle of April, as this is when we have the cut off date for entries for the Perfection in Miniature Awards & we are never sure how many entries we will get or what they will be.

Now in its 3rd year, the PIMAs are fully established as an important competition for our exhibitors & miniature lovers all over the world. The aim of the awards is to encourage our talented craftsmen to push themselves & produce something really special. The 1st prize is £3000, so this is a great incentive for our makers to spend some time working on something really special.

Of course there was no need to worry. We had over 30 entries again this year & the quality seems to be getting better & better. All the entries were dropped off at Kensington Town Hall before the judging started on Thursday 11th May. Judges this year were Ahmed Al Thani (who also sponsors the competition), Carolibne Hamilton, Madelva Fernandes de Rojas & Teresa Layman. By 10pm that night we had our winners.

All entries were on display thought the Summer Festival, but the results were kept secret until our award ceremony on Friday evening. We are now able to announce the winners & runners up. To see pictures of all our entries, please visit our facebook page London Dollshouse Festivals.

Photo: 1st Prize Articulated Artist Mannequin by Jeremy Smith of Catmando Miniatures

1st Prize:

Fully Articulated Artists Mannequin

by Jeremy Smith of Catmando Miniatures

Jeremy returned to the Festival this Summer after a break from miniatures of over 10 years. What a comeback! His FULLY articulated mannequin was quite remarkable.

Makers notes:

This is a poseable artist mannequin I dont think anyone else would be silly enough to make one! Jeremy Smith

Judges comments:

This piece was amazing in its perfection of craftsmanship, trueness to the life-size piece and the fact that all the joints worked. In a photo without context, it would be mistaken for its full size counterpart. Truly, it is Perfection in Miniature! Teresa Layman

Photo: 2nd Prize Dik-Dik by Elizabeth McInnes

2nd Prize:

Dik Dik

By Elizabeth McInnes

This was the 1st time that Elizabeth had travelled to London to show her work at our Festival, although we have been chasing her to come for many years as her work is well known for its beauty.

Makers notes:

I love making wild animals in miniature & have always been fascinated by African wildlife. Though Ive done many, many African animals in miniature over the years I have a large collection of books & videos on African wildlife, I have never done a Dik-Dik. A beautiful, tiny antelope, the Dik-Dik has whisper-thin legs which were a real challenge in miniature. Wood, glue & fur together had to add up to a miniature leg about 1.5mm thick. Through experimentation, I discovered that bamboo, with its long fibrous structure, can actually be carved very thin & yet retain strength along its length. It is more resistant to breaking than other woods. I tried the bamboo for the legs & it worked beautifully. The legs, though delicate, are stronger than they look & yet are still in scale.

Judges comments:

Elizabeth has led the field in carved and real furred animals for many years. This method is extremely painstaking and this delicate little dik-dik poised to leap away at the slightest sound could not be bettered even if he is a bit unlikely to find a home in a British dolls house garden. Caroline Hamilton

Photo: £rd Prize Escape by Penny Thomson

3rd Prize


By Penny Thomson

Finally a figure has been recognized in the top 3 of the PIMAs. Pennys doll really deserves to be there. Her incredible skill of turning paper into these stunning figures is truly awe-inspiring.

Judges comments:

This little doll is amazing. Completely made of paper mache with the most amazing paper clothing, which was made to replicate the most delicate fabrics and they are perfect. The expression captured is so sweet, she looks like she is up to something! Teresa Layman

Highly Commended

All the entries that make it through to the final round of judging, are marked as Highly Commended. They were the following:

Photo: Cutty Sark by Paul Briggs of Nottingham

Cutty Sark

By Paul Briggs

Makers notes:

Miniature ship Cutty Sark made from timber taken from the fullsize ship, mounted on a piece of wood of the Cutty Sark.

Judges comments:

The model ship is beautiful & the presentation very nice Madelva Fernandes de Rojas

Photo: Longcase Clock by Malcolm Hall of Halls Miniature Clocks

Longcase Clock

By Malcolm Hall of Halls Miniature Clocks

Makers notes:

William & Mary 17th Century bird & flower marquetry longcase clock.

Judges comments:

The work on the marquetry of this clock case looked truly excellent Caroline Hamilton

Photo: Venetian Chandelier by Vitreus Ignis

Venetian Chandelier

By Mario Ramos Pastrana of Vitreus Ignis

Makers notes:

Venetian glass reached its maximum point of technical & artistic perfection in the 16th Century. Thats when it acquired the transparency & pureness closet to crystal rock. However Murano sodium glass could not be cut or carved to make facets & bezels that reflected the light in the way crystal rock or English lead glass did. On the other hand it was possible to melt & mould. That is why in the 1st decade of 1700, the first murano glass chandelier appeared. It had a much softer appearance. This is a Ciocce Chandelier, which has a central axis from which decorative arms, flowers, leaves and moulded glass emerge.

Judges comments:

This chandelier is so flowing and lovely. The artist has an amazing ability to make repeated shapes (of the same size) in a medium that must be very hard to control. It shows a true mastery of the art. Teresa Layman

Photo: Steam Powered toy roundabout by L & A St Leger

Steam Powered Toy Roundabout

By L & A St Leger

Makers notes:

As a schoolboy, I made a model steam engine as an exercise which influenced my idea for this exhibit. For display purposes, we have mounted the exhibit on an electric motorised plinth, this is purley to demonstrate the model. Lawrence St Leger

Judges comments:

I LOVE Laurences incredible ingenuity and have been collecting his toys for 30 years. I would have swooned to see this roundabout whizzing round by invisible magic on a skirted table (rather than the block it was displayed on) that I could transplant to my dolls house Caroline Hamilton

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