Patterns of Connection: The Land Art of Dietmar Voorwold

Why should modern humanity regain and hold on to its connection with nature at a time when technology seems omnipresent? I have always loved making things: textures and patterns create a sense of calmness for me. In my early years I made a texture book into which I glued pieces of fabric. I would spend … Continue reading Patterns of Connection: The Land Art of Dietmar Voorwold

Sensuality of Texture: Geology of Shoes

Machines are so essential to daily life that we often fail to appreciate what we can make with our hands. A cordwainer is a person that fashions luxury footwear from soft leather by hand, designing, cutting and shaping shoes into objects of beauty and usefulness. The term is derived from the same word that gives us cordovan, a soft leather that … Continue reading Sensuality of Texture: Geology of Shoes

Gluten Sensitivity for Construction Workers, Artists and Children: Building and Crafting Materials

Construction and craft projects often result in exposure to gluten. Where does gluten lurk and how can exposure be minimized? In the spring of 2009, our house flooded and we embarked on a journey involving demolition, repair and renovation. At the time I didn't know that I was gluten intolerant. My husband and I decided … Continue reading Gluten Sensitivity for Construction Workers, Artists and Children: Building and Crafting Materials

“The Texture House”

Creating a dollhouse is a complicated project. Imagine the challenges of designing one for someone who is visually impaired. Meet designer Maryann Roy and marvel at the Texture House, a detailed miniature home in the round, with all of the textures, shapes and finishing touches that make a space unique. Beautiful attention to detail and spectacular workmanship and design are here combined with a strong sense of empathy, allowing Maryann to step into someone else’s world and make beauty there designed especially for that person. This is a special gift. Please take time to read the story of the Texture House and enjoy the beautiful photographs. There is a video here as well, if you would like a sense of the piece as a whole. Truly inspiring.

Maryann Roy -Neo-Retro Furnishings & Set Design in 1:6 scale

Hello Everyone,

I have just completed a project that was both challenging and touched my heart at the same time, and I wanted to share with all of you.

I have met so many wonderful people throughout this journey with dolls and the miniature world. Truly, some wonderful, inspirational and talented people.

You know, it still humbles and amazes me that people love my work and want to own a bit of it.   I am thankful to be talented and grateful to be able to put it to good use.

By request, I have built a one of a kind house for someone who is visually impaired.  The first thing that came to mind was that the house and rooms had to be easily accessible .  My next thought was about texture. This is one of the elements that I always consider when building a new piece. I love texture and color !…

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