I came across a magical book recently called Fairy Village by master fairy architects, Mike and Debbie Schramer. Their book has inspired me to creature magical miniatures with more natural materials. I cordially invite you to read on to learn more about the book.
Take a guided tour through a magical fairy village
Fairy Village is a beautifully written and presented book. Mike and Debbie guide you through their very own magical fairy village that includes treehouses and cottages, a library, schools, shops of all kinds, and an even market! There is also a miniature furniture gallery featuring whimsical chairs and benches, dreamy beds, and ornate tables and desks. I especially love the bakery called Meadowland. As Mike and Debbie explain, an old elfin baker runs Meadowland and he bakes a range of yummy mini treats, including pastries, breads and even donuts! The baker also reminds us to take a moment to express our gratitude for the abundance nature provides. As Mike and Debbie share, he sometimes lights a candle, taking ‘a moment on a quiet evening to cherish the gentle spirit that is his little bake shop (Schraner & Schraner 2019, 48).’
Inspired to create!
The book has captured my imagination and given me more confidence to try creating miniatures from more natural materials. During the pandemic, I began to grow my collection of materials. I started drying and pressing flowers from my garden and collecting seed pods and bark from native trees, such as the large eucalyptus trees, growing in my suburb. At times, I keep subjects intact to study when I nature journal. But lately, I have felt a strong urge to make objects but wasn’t too sure how to go about it. Now, thanks to Mike and Debbie’s book, I am inspired to play, experiment and create with my materials. It is important to highlight that the book isn’t a step-by-step instructional manual on how to create miniatures but it will inspire you to create, I can assure you!
Fairy Village is simply beautiful and I highly recommend it not only to fairy and miniature landscape gardeners but also to families who are looking for ideas for nature-based, imaginative play and storytelling projects.
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