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Dear Reader To be really honest I have sat here quietly at my desk for
Dear Reader
To be really honest I have sat here quietly at my desk
for quite some time, gazing out across the garden
and pondering what words I should write.

Yet as I flick through cover after cover of this wonderful

ground breaking magazine, I am amazed that it still feels like only the

other day that I sat dow n at this very desk to pen the first ever

‘editor’s note’ for the AIM magazine.

Now, unbelievably, some 40 issues later here I am again!

Being the editor of the AIM magazine has always been both an

honour and a privilege. Over the years it has been a genuinely

rewarding, yet time consuming role; one which if I am honest has

sometimes left me wondering why on earth I do it!

However, over the last 40 issues I have been lucky enough to work

with some of the most amazingly committed and exceptionally

talented people that I have ever met. The experience of sitting in the

AIM magazine’s editor’s chair has been one of the biggest learning

curves I think I have ever experienced and I believe it would be true

to say that the last 5 years have been quite a white knuckle roller

coaster ride, where I have shared in the thrill of the imag’s successes,

whilst quietly wearing out a ‘forehead’ shaped dent on the surface of

my desk… And yet throughout all of the late night formatting

sessions, the technical issues, the 11 th hour editing dramas I have

been constantly moved and inspired by everyone I have worked

alongside in the production of each and every issue.

For much of that time, I have been supported, inspired and

encouraged by Vicky Guile (Assistant Editor) and I genuinely think

that without her hard work, stoic determination and devotion, the

AIM imag would no longer still be here today. I know that I have said

this so many times and forgive me as I say it onc e more, but the

production of this free imag requires a massive amount of dedicated

hard work behind the scenes, not only from our wonderful

contributing AIM members, but also from the editorial team

too. Month on month Vicky has been at the core of that

team and her input to it has been immeasurable.

that team and her input to it has been immeasurable. The AIM Magazine’s Editorial Team: Bea

The AIM Magazine’s Editorial Team:

Bea Broadwood (Editor) office@petite properties.com

Bev Gelfand bev@longefellowesdesigns.com

Helen Woods

woods1@orcon.net.nz

Janet Smith desertminis@gmail.com

Janet Harmsworth janet@minimannequins.co.uk

Jean Day

jday1@shaw.ca

John Day jdayminis@shaw.ca

Kathi Mendenhall sewminipatterns@att.net

Malcolm Smith malcolm@malcolmsminiatures.co.uk

Marianne Cook

marianne.cook1@btinternet.com

Peiwen Petitgrand oiseaudenim@gmail.com

Sally Watson spwatson@ntlworld.com

Barbara ‘Babs’ Davies Pamela J

Freelance Editorial Team Members:

Agnes Turpin Catherine Davies Eileen Sedgwick Jennifer Matuszek Julie Lawton Lidi Stroud Marianne Colijn Mo Tipton Nancy Keech Stephanie Kilgast

Please note AIM is an active association to which all members contribute.

It is therefore with incredible sadness that I have to announce that Vicky has

decided to step down from her role within the editorial team and I am sure

that the other team members will agree with me when I say that our virtual

editorial office simply won’t be the same with out her constant presence. I

would also like to take this opportunity to thank her on behalf of the

editorial team, you the reader and AIM members alike for all of the time,

energy and creativity she has given so freely to this imag over the years.

Thank you Vicky for everything x

over the years. Thank you Vicky for everything x Back in 2008 I surmised that the

Back in 2008 I surmised that the magazine might (if it was lucky) last a year and after its transition

into a fully downloadable imag I wondered whether it would continue to grow in popularity… Now

some 40 issues later I am incredibly humbled by its immense popularity and the enormous scale of

its enthusiastic following. Regular readers will know that of late the work load created by sitting in

the editor’s chair simply became too much for me and with my own business demanding almost all

of my focus, time and attention, something had to give. As a result of this forced sabbatical we

were unable to publish a regular monthly imag over the last few months. However, wi th the

unerring support of the editorial team and the fresh enthusiasm of four new members, combined

with the support of more than 300 AIM members, I hope that we will be able to bring you yet more

stunning fut ure issues of the AIM imag and rest assured that everyone here at AIM remains

committed to a bright future, one that has the AIM imag taking centre stage!

But before I go and get too nostalgic and choked up, I would like to thank everyone who has worked

so hard on the AIM imag since its most humble and unassuming beginning back in April 2008 and as

is now customary as editor, it is once again my pleasure to welcome you to the 40 th issue of the

ground breaking AIM magazine!

Enjoy !

Bea Broadwood

Editor (& General whip cracker)

http://petiteproperties.blogspot.com www.petite properties.com

February 2012

I would also like to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you
I would also like to take this opportunity to say a
very big thank you on behalf of the editorial team,
AIM members and readers to Cee of Oberons
Wood for all her hard work on the AIM imag.
Cee, we are going to really miss you in the
editorial team’s virtual office ‐ but thank you for
making us laugh and for everything you have
done; both as a friend and as a colleague too!

Formatted by Bea Broadwood Text & Photograph © LUMO Publishing 2012

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Artisans, by their very nature, are fast

becoming a rare breed and at a time when

cheap manufacturing is booming and the

miniature world is awash with mass

produced products, it could be argued that

they are increasingly an endangered breed

too.

Times are indeed tough and the miniature

world, like any retail industry, has been

negatively affected by the economic changes

of recent years. Miniature artisans have to

work harder than ever before just to keep

going, whilst constantly juggling rising costs

with a highly competitive and tough open

market.

Since the ‘dolls house’ hobby’s glory days

back in the 1980’s there have been many

changes to the miniature industry. The birth

of the internet has proved to be a double

edged sword. The ‘World Wide Web’ has

brought us all exciting new opportunities

through the creation of an accessible global

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market, but is has also signalled the end for

many ‘real life’ miniature shows or events

due to the popularity of online shopping.

However, it is probably the rise of the cheap

mass produced miniatures that has hit the

professional miniature artisan the hardest,

as it is simply impossible for them to

compete with production speeds and

‘conveyer belt’ style mass construction. But

here’s my thinking… they shouldn’t even try!

Artisan. noun. A skilled workman; craftsman.

The artisan makers who work within the

miniature world are by definition, skilled

crafts people and in turn the detailed, hand

crafted and unique miniatures which they

collectively create are so far removed from

their massed produced counterparts.

Sadly though professional miniature

artisans may have all the talent in the

world, but they often lack the opportunity

to promote their work within an ever

the world, but they often lack the opportunity to promote their work within an ever expanding
the world, but they often lack the opportunity to promote their work within an ever expanding

expanding global miniature

market or are simply financially unable to

afford the luxury of a generous ‘advertising

budget’ and so, quite simply, this is where

the AIM Association springs into action!!

Back in the mists of time, early in 2007 to be

precise, the AIM Association (Artisans In

Miniature) was founded. Its ethos was

simple; to bring together, unite and promote

the work of professional miniature artisans

within the ‘dolls house’ industry. Through its

24 hour private online forum, AIM members

are able to help and support each other and

through the creation of the AIM website, the

association is able to provide its members

with the opportunity for free online

promotion of their work.

“artisans have to shout very loudly indeed

However, many, many years ago I was very

wisely advised “you can have the best

product in the world, but if no one knows

about it, no one will buy it!” Now in the age

of the ‘World Wide Web’ artisans have to

shout very loudly indeed for their product to

be ‘heard’ and yet attempting to reach dolls

house collectors and passionate miniaturists

all around the world can be a daunting

task. The solution was a simple one…

By coming together, by working together,

by pooling their collective talents and

knowledge, the members of the AIM

were able to produce a unique new

publication for miniaturists all around

the world to enjoy. “Written by

artisans and enjoyed by miniaturists”

for their product to be heard

the AIM magazine provides a

creative showcase with

for their product to be heard the AIM magazine provides a creative showcase with limitless boundaries,

limitless boundaries,

enabling the members of AIM to not only promote their work for free, but also

enabling the members of AIM to not only

promote their work for free, but also

(more importantly) to give something back

to the customers who support them.

In April 2008 the first issue of

the AIM ‘magazine’ was

launched, however it was not

offered in the same format

that it can be viewed in today.

Initially the magazine wa s

based on the AIM website;

www.artisansinminiture.com

with each feature, article or

project of issues 1 to 8 being

listed on individual pages on the site.

The new AIM magazine was a huge success,

so popular in fact that the poor AIM

website often struggled to cope!

However, despite the success, the original

editorial team very quickly realised

that this medium was incredibly

restrictive to the aesthetic way in

which the magazine was presented.

Luckily timely developments in online

technology presented the editorial

team with the opportunity to use a

global social publishing website as a

hosting platform for the AIM

publishing website as a hosting platform for the AIM “The AIM imag has also extensively covered

“The AIM imag has also extensively covered and investigated many inspiring themes making each of our 40 issues totally unmissable !”

magazine. This opportunity was quickly

(with both hands) and with

grabbed

the release of issue 9 in February

2009; the AIM imag was born!

Over the years the editorial

team have focused their

attention on many areas of

the miniature world, from

unbelievably realistic ‘mouth

watering’ food to stunning

furniture, from authentic

architecture to the very

best dolls house dolls

available. The AIM imag

has also extensively

cove red and investigated

many inspiring themes

making each of our 40

issues totally

‘unmissable’!

Between our virtual

pages we have been

honoured to show

case the delights of

‘Shabby Chic’ in issue

31, celebrate the

clean lines of

‘Modern Contemporary Miniatures’ in issue 36 and nostalgically revisit the comforting domain of ‘Granny’s

‘Modern Contemporary Miniatures’ in issue

36 and nostalgically revisit the comforting

domain of ‘Granny’s House’ in issue 38.

Throughout each issue we have also

championed the smaller scales, delved

bravely into the miniature ‘fantasy’ world,

whilst always trying to reflect the

international diversity of our membership

and readers. All in all it has been nothing

short of one amazing journey through the

very best that the miniature world has to

offer.

the very best that the miniature world has to offer. Since the publication of issue 1

Since the publication of issue 1 in April 2008

the editorial team have always been the

driving force behind the success of the AIM

imag. Over the intervening issues many

members have come and gone, but each of

issues many members have come and gone, but each of them brought their own distinctive creativity,

them brought their own distinctive

creativity, energy and enthusiasm to the

magazine and each of them helped the

AIM imag to develop and grow beyond all

expectations!

“Even more unbelievable is the amount of time that every past and present member of the editorial team has given…”

The success of each issue has always been

the result of the hard work and dedication of

not only the editorial team, but also the

many, many AIM members who come

forward to contribute fabulous content for

the magazine’s THOUSANDS of faithful

readers to devour and enjoy! The work that

goes on behind the scenes to enable each

issue to come to fruition really has to be

experienced to be believed. Even more

unbelievable is the amount of time that

every past and present member of the

editorial team has given to enable you the

of the editorial team has given to enable you the reader to enjoy 40 issues of

reader to enjoy 40 issues of this fantastic

FREE ground breaking magazine.

team has given to enable you the reader to enjoy 40 issues of this fantastic FREE
team has given to enable you the reader to enjoy 40 issues of this fantastic FREE
team has given to enable you the reader to enjoy 40 issues of this fantastic FREE
The current editorial team has a very inter ‐ national flavour, with its members located

The current editorial team has a very inter

national flavour, with its members located all

Throughout it all the success of the AIM imag

is simple its success is due to the ‘sum of

its parts’. Each and every member of AIM

who has ever contributed to, or worked on

the imag is ultimately personally responsible

for all it has achieved.

personally responsible for all it has achieved. over the world. In fact I believe that given

over the world. In fact I believe that given

the variety of time zones we cover, I think it

would be true to say that that the editorial

team’s virtual office is open for business 24

hours a day!

From initial spark, to the published page, the

editorial team work closely with our

contributing AIM members to bring you

engaging projects, inspiring

articles and international

news from the miniature

world. Collectively they

research, write, proof read,

edit and format every page of

content, with a level of

dedication worthy of any

publishing p rofessional and they do all of this

for free!

The AIM imag was founded not only to

create a much needed global platform on

which to showcase beautiful handcrafted

miniatures, it was also

intended to be a ‘thank

you’. A ‘thank you’ sent

from an endangered breed

of miniature artisans to

their valued customers for

supporting their work year

after year.

“Each and every member of AIM who has ever contributed to, or worked on the imag is ultimately personally responsible for all it has achieved…”

Now, looking back with glassy eyes over the

last 40 issues, I think I can safely say that the

AIM imag has surpassed all of our wildest

expectations and I sincerely hope that you

have enjoyed reading each issue, as much as

we have all enjoyed creating them, especially

for you…

Bea Broadwood

Back in April 2008 no one could have

possibly conceived just how popular the AIM

imag would become.

Founder of the AIM Association Editor of the AIM imag

www.artisansinminiature.com

Issue 9 to 40 of the FREE AIM imag can be found on the AIM website!

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Formatted by

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“An association of professional artisans,

dedicated to promoting a high standard

of excellence in original handcrafted scale miniatures…”

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The way in which AIM Association membership is offered has changed!

Due to an overwhelming uptake of membership over recent months, as from July 31st 2010 the AIM Association now has limited membership places available…

The AIM Association was set up in 2007 in order to provide a global platform for professional miniature artisans who wish to actively promote their work and actively take part and support the opportunities and promotional facilities which AIM uniquely offers for free: notably including  The AIM online forum Monthly FREE AIM magazine  AIM Member's online directory  AIM website  AIMs facebook & social networking pages  The AIM blog.

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AIM membership is only available for professional miniature artisans, selling quality handmade miniatures to the public.

Membership is reserved for artisans who wish to showcase & promote their work, through active participation within the AIM Association. Please note; A waiting list has now been introduced regarding new membership applications.

AIM is completely FREE to join and completely FREE to be part of.

So… if you are a professional miniature artisan and you would like to find out more about joining the

AIM Association, please email AIM’s Membership Secretary: Tony for more information:

tonybroadwood@aol.com

Or alternatively visit our website… www artisansinminiature.com

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This issue would not have been possible without the generous contributions from the following AIM members… Many thanks therefore go to

possible without the generous contributions from the following AIM members… Many thanks therefore go to

Bea Broadwood

Julia Jeffreys

Robin Brady-Boxwell

Bev Gelfand

Kate Pinsent

Sally Watson

Béatrice Thierus

Kathi R. Mendenhall

Sandra A Stacy

Carol Mittlesteadt

Kathryn Brooke

Sarah Maloney

Christine Verstraete

Kathryn Gray

Stephanie Kilgast

Daisy Carpi

Kathy Brindle

Suzane Herget

Dianne Yunnie

Kimberly Hofmaster

Viola Williams

Era Pearce

Linda Master

Wendy Smale

Frances Powell

Louise Goldsborough

Hazel Dowd

Malcolm Smith

Helen Woods

Marianne Cook

Helen Woods Marianne Cook

Helena Bleeker

Marianne Colijn

Jane Harrop

Melissa Boling

Janet Harmsworth

Natalia Antonelli

Janet Smith

Pat Carlson

Jax Perrat

Pauline Everett

John & Jean Day

Peiwen Petitgrand

www.artisansinminiature.com

Please Note:

The projects included in this publication are not suitable for children under the age of 14. The miniatures featured in this magazine are collectors items and therefore unsuitable for children under 14. All projects are undertaken at your own risk. AIM does not accept responsibility for any injury incurred. All articles and photographs used in this magazine are copyright of their authors.

The AIM magazine’s content is for private use only and it must not be reproduced in part or in full for commercial gain in any form.

Each artisan contributor is responsible for their own work / contribution to the AIM magazine and retains full responsibility for their published work.

The authors/self publishers cannot be held legally responsible for any consequences arising from following instructions, advice or information in this magazine.

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