So after owning 18 houses, some antique, some vintage and some modern, I decided last year I'd like to try my hand at building my own.
I knew I could not copy the masterpiece of a Gottschalk. The charm of a Bliss, the beauty of a Tynietoy or the edginess of a Marx split level.
I knew from photographing mini scenes that you can use any backdrop, from a vent filter to a distant view. It's all how you place it because so much of mini photography relies on illusion.
In this picture from 2008 the room is a plastic Nike shoe box.
So I decided last January to take a contemporary house and hack it, which means play with it, change it. By using a manufactured form I knew it would be sturdy. So many of my constructions are temporary. Here is the house I chose, The Imaginarium Glitter Suite Dollhouse. Quite a mouthful. (why glitter?) It is shockingly colorful but really nothing is reflective.
It is1/6 scale which is a departure for me. Everything I buy and make is 1/12 scale unless it is antique (Grecons, Dol Toi, Tootsietoy etc.) And if you know me you know I had to buy my little assistant one of her own for Valentine's Day. (to leave mine alone).
And so the neighbors wouldn't hear her blood curdling screams of protest as I obliterated the hot pink walls.
And here it is, the "I House". Ready to transform... Kinda blah without all those lithoed walls... C