Phoenix rising

Christiane Berridge

Christiane Berridge

27 May 2014

It doesn't seem that long ago that I was writing about the new academic wing opposite the iconic Glasgow School of Art. Then last friday I watched the News agast as I saw the flames ripping through the original Charles Rennie Mackintosh building. Touring the building last July was the highlight of my first ever trip to Scotland and seeing the damage was just heart-breaking. I felt sorry for everyone involved with the building - and those poor students too losing their degree work, not to mention students hoping to start in the new academic year come the autumn.

I see on the website today that a fund has been established for anyone wishing to donate to help re-build the GSA. You can find it here As many have penned 'you don't know what you've got 'till it's gone' we need to ensure that all our national treasures are kept safe. I am sure that the GSA will rise like a phoenix from the ashes, and when it does we will all appreciate once again the sheer genius of its designer.


Hurrah for Bank Holidays

Christiane Berridge

Christiane Berridge

22 May 2014

I have been so busy recently that I have only just noticed it's a Bank Holiday weekend coming up...I might just spend Monday doing nothing! Actually I can't do that, I am actually hopeless at being idle! Of course last weekend was taken up with the wonderful Kensington Dollshouse Festival. It was just lovely to see so many of my miniaturist friends. Once again I was blown away by the incredible array of miniatures on display - and you'll be able to see some of my favourites in The Dolls' House magazine shortly. I took so many photographs I am going to have to space them out over several issues.

I enjoyed chatting to some of the visitors over a cup of tea. Being a true miniaturist at heart, not just an Editor, it's great to talk to like-minded people. I also discovered that many of organiser Charlotte's team, were or are keen dancers - even a fellow Argentine tango fan. I am fired up with enthusiasm for the coming issues - what will I be tempting you with? Ah, you'll have to wait and see!


You go Euro?

Christiane Berridge

Christiane Berridge

8 May 2014

The pop fest that is the Eurovision Song Contest is approaching the significant sing-a-long with the final showdown this saturday. The contest has been running since 1956, and has featured 1,100 songs! But how many of them can you actually remember?

If you can name one winner it will be ABBA, from 1974. The final came from my home town of Brighton that year. And I have stood on the stage where ABBA stood for their stella launch into the music hall of fame. But when it comes to ABBA songs I have to admit to liking them, they do have a catchy refrain that fans of Mamma Mia know only too well. Cheesy but somehow cool, that can't be bad now can it?

I was looking at photographs of ABBA, specifically highlighting some of their costumes, this lunchtime while the rain lashed down outside. Super shiny (or should that be Super Trooper shiny?) and glam rock were all in vogue in the 1970s, lingering on into the lycra clad 80s. I had a lightbulb moment.

I have come up with two ideas to work with with regards to forthcoming themes for the August and September issues. My strength has always been in finding unusual sources to base miniature projects on. The next two issues are going to be such fun....and don't worry, I'm not going to introduce mini glam rock (not this time round anyway). My ideas are more universally appealing than that but you are going to love them! Trust me, I'm a miniaturist!