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Aardman Animation Miniatures

15 January 2019

On the blog today we take a sneak peak behind the scenes of the one and only Aardman Animations and the wonderful world of Wallace and Gromit. Their creator Nick Park, along with Aaardman Animations have created short films, feature length films, tv series, adverts and so much more!

In 1985, Nick Park joined Aardman Animations in Bristol, where he worked as an animator. One of his first projects was on Peter Gabriel's video for his song Sledgehammer.

The idea of Wallace and Gromit, however, had already begun back when Nick Park was a student at the National Film and Television School. Back then Wallace had no eyebrows, hardly any cheeks and a moustache.

The first Wallace and Gromit film, ‘A Grand Day Out’, was aired on Christmas Eve 1990 and since these early days Wallace and Gromit have enjoyed a colourful and fascinating history, from their conception in Nick Park’s student sketchbooks to becoming instantly recognisable stars of the silver screen.

Wallace and Gromit returned to the screen in 1993 with ‘The Wrong Trousers’, which won the Academy Award for Best Short Film. Then came ‘A Close Shav’e in 1995, which also won the Academy Award for Best Short Film. Next was ‘The Curse of the Were Rabbi’t in 2005, the first feature length film, lasting 88 minutes. Lastly was ‘A Matter of Loaf and Death’ in 2008.

We’ve gathered together a selection of images from the Wallace and Gromit films (and not forgetting their friend Shawn the Sheep!), which show the amazing sets and characters made to create these wonderful miniature worlds.

Enjoy!

Image from: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/cf/71/df/cf71df740efc5d86ad307018e75866d3.jpg (pinterest)

489Image from: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2637341/Look-lad-havent-changed-bit-Sketches-Wallace-Gromit-created-25-years-ago-no-Wensleydale-evil-penguin-sight.html

Image from: https://wallaceandgromit.com/nick-park

Image from: http://codsteaks.com/portfolio/media/wallace-and-gromit-a-matter-of-loaf-and-death

Image from: http://codsteaks.com/portfolio/media/wallace-and-gromit-a-matter-of-loaf-and-death

Image from: https://wallaceandgromit.com/history

Image from: https://wallaceandgromit.com/history

Image from: https://wallaceandgromit.com/history

Image from: https://wallaceandgromit.com/history

Image from: https://www.timeout.com/melbourne/blog/wallace-gromit-and-friends-the-magic-of-aardman-arrives-at-acmi-in-2017-111716

Image from: http://animuj.cz/making-of/wallace-gromit

Image from: http://animuj.cz/making-of/wallace-gromit

Image from: http://animuj.cz/making-of/wallace-gromit

Image from: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/jun/30/the-art-of-aardman-wallace-never-learns-and-gromit-never-needs-to-speak

Image from: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/jun/30/the-art-of-aardman-wallace-never-learns-and-gromit-never-needs-to-speak

Image from: https://tothotornot.com/wallace-gromit

Image from: https://tothotornot.com/wallace-gromit

Image from: https://tothotornot.com/wallace-gromit

Image from: https://wallaceandgromit.com/news/20-things-you-might-not-know-about-gromit

All images © their respective owners 2019

Lauren Child’s Dolls’ House

2 January 2019

Here at Dolls’ House Emporium we love seeing how people create such different dolls’ houses and how personal you can make them. This week on the blog we bring you the dolls’ house by author, illustrator and creator of Charlie & Lola, Lauren Child. Dolls’ houses are her secret passion and she’s been working on hers for an amazing 30 years, and it’s still a work in progress!

Many of the objects in the doll’s house have been hand-crafted by dolls’ house experts and other objects have been made by Lauren herself. Some are found objects not originally intended for a dolls’ house and she loves the mis-match effect of all these things together.

We’ve gathered together some wonderful pictures of her house. We hope you enjoy!

Image from: www.designweek.co.uk/inspiration/lauren-childs-dolls-house

Image from: www.designweek.co.uk/inspiration/lauren-childs-dolls-house

Image from: www.designweek.co.uk/inspiration/lauren-childs-dolls-house

Image from: www.designweek.co.uk/inspiration/lauren-childs-dolls-house

Image from: www.colourlivingblog.co.uk/lauren-childs-dolls-house

Image from: www.colourlivingblog.co.uk/lauren-childs-dolls-house

Image from: www.colourlivingblog.co.uk/lauren-childs-dolls-house

Image from: www.colourlivingblog.co.uk/lauren-childs-dolls-house

Image from: www.colourlivingblog.co.uk/lauren-childs-dolls-house

Image from: www.colourlivingblog.co.uk/lauren-childs-dolls-house

Image from: www.colourlivingblog.co.uk/lauren-childs-dolls-house

Image from: www.colourlivingblog.co.uk/lauren-childs-dolls-house

Image from: www.houseofillustration.org.uk/whats-on/current-future-events/lauren-childs-dolls-house

All images © their respective owners 2019

Your Dolls’ Houses at Christmas

18 December 2018

We just love seeing the projects you are working on, especially at this time of year! Here are just a few of the pictures you’ve sent in to us of your dolls’ houses at their Christmassy best! (We’ve included some of our favourites from last year, too)

Merry Christmas everyone!


Credit: Melinda Eich


Credit: Delene Kerr


Credit: Julia Natasha Osbourne


Credit: Billy Pollock


Credit: Denise Bemister


Credit: Fiona Petrie


Credit: Jaschenka Saarloos


Credit: Wilma Verwimp


Credit: Fiona Petrie


Credit: Lilli Lehmann


Credit: Rebecca Wass


Credit: Wendy McNiff-Barry


Credit: Rosemary Adams


Credit: Julia Tollafield


Credit: Jackie Nelson


Credit: Soile Laine


Credit: Linda Larsen


Credit: Joanne Lockyer

A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed pictures of their houses. We absolutely loved seeing them.
If you'd like to share pictures of your house with us, we'd love to see! Head over to our Facebook page and post them there!

All images © their respective owners 2018

Instagram Round-up – Christmas Special

5 December 2018

It’s nearly Christmas! And what better way to get you into the holiday mood than the very best Christmassy miniatures from the inspirational world of Instagram!


Image credit (search for these names on Instagram to find many more great miniatures)

tomoko_misumi_tchaiko, lilacdreams_miniature, ramalamacreatures, tinymusthaves, fourlittlewalls, dekoubou, hbsminiatures, littlestsweetshop, ladidadidolls, allsparkledupdesign, myminiatureabodes, la_petite_maison_228, kathys.minis, hanayama05, miniature.mooghiscatherine, yum_yum_miniatures, tinysacred, maysi.art, makebelieveminiatures, ribbonwoodcottage, rem_brant, kaumzuglauben_loveforminis

All images © their respective owners 2018

Dolls' House Inspiration – Harry Potter

23 November 2018

It’s time for some more doll’s house inspiration and this time we’re going a little bit magical! We’ve gathered together some beautiful images from the wonderful world of Harry Potter, from the incredibly cosy and homey ‘The Burrow’ home of the Weasley family, to the spellbinding shop of ‘Flourish and Blotts’.

We hope they inspire you to create something enchanting!

The Burrow, © Warner Bros. Studios

The Burrow, © Warner Bros. Studios

The Burrow, © Warner Bros. Studios

The Burrow, image from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tednmiki/32153193481

The Burrow, image from: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2115644/Harry-Potter-studio-tour-How-YOU-fly-broomstick-the-scenes-magic.html

The Burrow, image from: https://polycount.com/discussion/140436/mrs-weasleys-kitchen

Shell Cottage, image from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/joysaphine/3544648181

Shell Cottage, image from: https://www.bustle.com/articles/83315-harry-potter-magical-places-from-the-films-by-jody-revenson-will-show-you-details-about-the

Shell Cottage, image from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/joysaphine/3544648181

The Lovegood House, © Warner Bros. Studios

The Lovegood House, image from: https://www.bustle.com/articles/83315-harry-potter-magical-places-from-the-films-by-jody-revenson-will-show-you-details-about-the

The Lovegood House, © Warner Bros. Studios

Hagrid's Hut, image from: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1377901/Harry-Potter-author-JK-Rowling-plans-build-Hagrids-hut-garden.html

Hagrid's Hut, © Warner Bros. Studios

Gryffindor Common Room, image from: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2114972/Harry-Potter-studio-tour-review-See-inside-movie-sets-Leavesden.html

Gryffindor Common Room, © Warner Bros. Studios

Flourish & Blotts, image from: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2114972/Harry-Potter-studio-tour-review-See-inside-movie-sets-Leavesden.html

Flourish & Blotts, image from: https://www.bustle.com/articles/83315-harry-potter-magical-places-from-the-films-by-jody-revenson-will-show-you-details-about-the

All images © their respective owners 2018


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