Tourmaline .

Miniature Diorama Photographer

Kid’s Dollhouse Trends

Hi everyone! Long time no talk. I’m going to try getting back into blogging semi regularly about my own work and the wider world of art, crafts, and especially, specifically miniature diorama photography. Some short, some longer think pieces., we’ll see what all my brain makes available to me, and I hope you’ll stick around for the journey. 

There’s a trend right now in children’s dollhouse. You see it widely on instagram in accounts like @calevie_designer_dollhouses and @enidecor and echoed in the full scale mom-blogger esque worlds of @prettypetiteco and @mikobowen and worlds more.

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Throwing it back. I certainly am missing putting our custom houses together 😫 I've had lots of lovely messages asking how we are going so I thought it was time I gave you all an update. Now 22 weeks along, Little Bub is growing well and I'm feeling a lot more myself again. Still on limited activity which isn't exactly fun with two 3 yr olds 🙄 But our goal is to keep baby cooking as long as we possibly can and make it a lot further than last time. ❤️Thankyou to each of you who have messaged and send well wishes it has been a lovely reminder what a beautiful community we have here. We still have some left over packages and felt items that I'll post in stories over the coming days big love xxx Jess xxx

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Be still my beating heart – this room is everything! For those of you who know me, you’ll know how I ADORE interior design – and everything is this beautiful image speaks to my heart. The pink, the velvet, chandelier, panelling and fireplace. I’ll have one of everything thanks. 😍 . . . . . 📷 @frenchbedroomcompany . . . . . #Classyinteriors #interiordesign #design #furniture #homedecor #homedesign #interiorandhome #interior4all #interiordecor #interiors #decoration #interiordecoration #decor #luxuryhomes #scandinaviandesign #dreamhome #interior123 #homestyling #whiteinterior #livingroomdecor #stylediaries #interior #interiorstyling #childrensinteriors #kidsroom #kidsroomdecor #kidsroominspo

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The light toned, minimalist, modernism aesthetic is one that was created for instagram images to begin with. Modelling your home in such a way allows for your instagram lifestyle images to look trendy and clean. And then, having a dollhouse just as instagrammable within that home just makes sense. 

Now would the kid like a dollhouse with more flair? Who knows, but these mini houses are undeniably cute all the same.

Target, with their ever on point toy section, has just released their own name brand dollhouses with just this look in mind, and for pre-furnished, fully wooden dollhouses, they’re not badly priced.

Now, in contrast, you have the LOL Suprise house that was just released in September. The house as a whole is an 80s Miami deco party house, there’s no doubt about that. The furniture within is super extra, with bright colors and designs. While I’m absolutely in love with this house, as Miami Vice style is my favorite by far, I’ve heard some criticism from the LOL fan community that this house should have been more pink and glittery. 

(follow me on instagram to see images with this LOL Suprise house coming soon – @tourmalinenow)

Barbie houses, while twice the scale, meet that pink all over look.

All this said, adult focused collectors dollhouses seem to fall somewhere in the middle. They don’t have wild colors or overly trendy and modern furniture pieces. The range from historic to contemporary, but with a more homey feel. But maybe that is the same thing. They’re fantasies and I suppose the homes we fantasize about as adults are a bit different than those we would want as kids. And those pastel, minimal homes maybe just fall in between the children and adult fantasy.

Do you have a dollhouse? Tell me about it!

One Word Photo Challenge: Shark & Sheep

I was in DC last weekend and totally missed the challenge, so I’m combining last week’s and this week’s in today’s post. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’ve been quite a bad challenge host for awhile now. I’ve just been very focused on other creative outlets outside of blogging. Because of that I think I’m going to take a break from challenge hosting all together. I’ll leave the OWPC homepage up so that you can still participate weekly if you’d like, I just won’t be posting separate prompts weekly – https://tourmalinenow.com/2014/01/28/one-word-photo-challenge/

Do still check out my blog from time to time if you would. I’ll be posting think pieces, videos, info on what I’m working on artistically, etc.

Thanks for your understanding and for sticking it out with OWPC and my other challenges for so many years!

One Word Photo Challenge: Shark & Sheep

If you want to share a literal image of the actual word, do that. But if you’d rather play with word association, post something that reminds you of the specific word, or something you use the word for, do so. It only has to make sense to you. Have fun and keep on photographing!

To participate:

  • Create a new post on your blog titled “One Word Photo Challenge: Shark & Sheep”
  • Include an image or images that you feel fit the theme
  • Tag your post with “One Word Photo Challenge” so that others can find your contribution
  • Comment here with the link to your post or include a pingback to this post in your response
  • Have fun!

Click here to see the full challenge details and future themes.

  • Shark
  • Sheep
  • Shoes
  • Show
  • Shutter
  • Sketchbook
  • Skunk
  • Snake
  • Space
  • Spider
  • Squirrel
  • Store
  • Stork

One Word Photo Challenge: Shake

One Word Photo Challenge: Shake

If you want to share a literal image of the actual word, do that. But if you’d rather play with word association, post something that reminds you of the specific word, or something you use the word for, do so. It only has to make sense to you. Have fun and keep on photographing!

To participate:

  • Create a new post on your blog titled “One Word Photo Challenge: Shake”
  • Include an image or images that you feel fit the theme
  • Tag your post with “One Word Photo Challenge” so that others can find your contribution
  • Comment here with the link to your post or include a pingback to this post in your response
  • Have fun!

Click here to see the full challenge details and future themes.

  • Selfie
  • Shake
  • Shark
  • Sheep
  • Shoes
  • Show
  • Shutter
  • Sketchbook
  • Skunk
  • Snake
  • Space
  • Spider
  • Squirrel
  • Store
  • Stork

Introducing Monochromous

I’ve been working on a new series I’m tentatively calling Monochromous. And I’ve had the honor of having a portion of that series featured on the Exclu Collective.

Check it out, and read about my process here: https://exclucollective.com/2018/09/09/exclu-rewind-tourmalinenow/

 

See even more images on my facebook page here:

Shh, don't tell instagram (or my blog), but here's 27 of the images I've created for this series so far! Some will…

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And stay tuned for a behind the scenes video coming soon!

Things to Read and Watch about Miniatures, Toys and the Photography of

This listing started as resources for an upcoming vlog I’m planning on why humans are intrigued by miniatures, and as a follow up, why some of those people are passionate about toy photography. I know there are some movies, etc. that feature miniatures of some kind, but use them as a narrative device, rather than saying something about them, if that makes sense at all, and therefore I’ve excluded those from this list.

While I’ve read and watched many of these, some are still on my to do list, so don’t consider this a list of recommendations just yet.

Fiction Books

  • Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn, 2006
  • The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton, 2015
  • The Indian in the Cupboard Series, 1980 – 1998

Non-Fiction Books

  • Fabrications: Staged, Altered and Appropriated Photographs, Anne H. Hoy, 2005
  • On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection, Susan Stewart, 1984
  • The Poetics of Space, Gaston Bachelard, 1958
  • The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll: The Search for Dare Wright, Jean Nathan, 2005
  • Life of Toy Photographers, 2017
  • Ten Frames per Second, Johnny Wu, 2016
  • On Photography, Susan Sontag, 1973

Movies

  • Hereditary, 2018
  • Welcome to Marwen, 2018
  • Tiny Furniture, 2010
  • Gulliver’s Travels
  • The Miniaturist, 2017
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, 1989
  • The Indian in the Cupboard, 1995

Documentaries

  • Marwencol, 2010
  • Voyeur, 2017
  • The Toys that Made Us, 2017 – 2018
  • Of Dolls & Murder, 2012

TV Shows

  • Sharp Objects, HBO, 2018
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Miniature Serial Killer, Seasons 7 – 9 (Episodes 701, 702, 707, 710, 711, 716, 720, 724, 801, 907), 2006 – 2008

Articles

Videos

Interviews

Blog Posts/Other

Leave a comment below, if you know of something that should be added to this list.

-Tourmaline .

One Word Photo Challenge: Selfie

One Word Photo Challenge: Selfie

If you want to share a literal image of the actual word, do that. But if you’d rather play with word association, post something that reminds you of the specific word, or something you use the word for, do so. It only has to make sense to you. Have fun and keep on photographing!

To participate:

  • Create a new post on your blog titled “One Word Photo Challenge: Selfie”
  • Include an image or images that you feel fit the theme
  • Tag your post with “One Word Photo Challenge” so that others can find your contribution
  • Comment here with the link to your post or include a pingback to this post in your response
  • Have fun!

Click here to see the full challenge details and future themes.

  • Selfie
  • Shake
  • Shark
  • Sheep
  • Shoes
  • Show
  • Shutter
  • Sketchbook
  • Skunk
  • Snake
  • Space
  • Spider
  • Squirrel
  • Store
  • Stork

One Word Photo Challenge: Seat

One Word Photo Challenge: Seat

If you want to share a literal image of the actual word, do that. But if you’d rather play with word association, post something that reminds you of the specific word, or something you use the word for, do so. It only has to make sense to you. Have fun and keep on photographing!

To participate:

  • Create a new post on your blog titled “One Word Photo Challenge: Seat”
  • Include an image or images that you feel fit the theme
  • Tag your post with “One Word Photo Challenge” so that others can find your contribution
  • Comment here with the link to your post or include a pingback to this post in your response
  • Have fun!

Click here to see the full challenge details and future themes.

Working on a new series, here’s one of the bunch. Not my favorite but it fits this week’s theme :)

  • Seat
  • Selfie
  • Shake
  • Shark
  • Sheep
  • Shoes
  • Show
  • Shutter
  • Sketchbook
  • Skunk
  • Snake
  • Space
  • Spider
  • Squirrel
  • Store
  • Stork