Kensington Doll Festival

I dragged the ex with me to the Kensington Doll festival in, well, Kensington.

The town hall to be precise.

The lighting was terrible, (it was in the basement) and the background for many of the shots is the horrible 1950’s brick wall. Prison chic.

However the miniatures were amazing and most people were happy to let you take photos as long as you asked. (Only a few were really secretive. Not sure why, most everyone else had pride.)

There are a lot of photos.

I find it hard to cull photos of tiny mini things.

So frickkin cute.

I really want to get a doll’s house, but frankly the prices. My god, the prices.

I can’t even afford real furniture.

Click on an image to view all the miniature details.

DIY Doll House Kits

DIY Doll House Kits

A absolutely massive doll-house. Custom built. Very Downton.

A absolutely massive doll-house. Custom built. Very Downton.

Lady at a stall near the massive doll-house

Lady at a stall near the massive doll-house

Tudor Stall. I asked before I took photos. 2 girls who didn't got scolded.

Tudor Stall. I asked before I took photos. 2 girls who didn’t got scolded.

Good Looking Man at rather posh stall

Good Looking Man at rather posh stall

He only did box room sets, but very detailed inside.

He only did box room sets, but very detailed inside.

Room Inside with rose

Room Inside with rose

This lady makes and sells paper flowers and the tools to assemble them.

This lady makes and sells paper flowers and the tools to assemble them.

Paper flowers

Paper flowers

This man blew miniature glass. This stand was amazing.

This man blew miniature glass. This stand was amazing.

Gooseberry Jam. Good enough to eat. Consider also, the prices. Probably more than real edible Gooseberry Jam.

Gooseberry Jam. Good enough to eat. Consider also, the prices. Probably more than real edible Gooseberry Jam.

Glasscraft Miniatures is what his stand is called.

Glasscraft Miniatures is what his stand is called.

Miniature Paint Rollers

Miniature Paint Rollers

Paints Closeup

Paints Closeup

A posh couple who made rather posh furniture. Interestingly very little modern furnishing and doll houses.

A posh couple who made rather posh furniture. Interestingly very little modern furnishing and doll houses.

Nerdy man

Nerdy man

Lady with Dogs. She'll make you a miniature replica of your own dog. Just send her a photo.

Lady with Dogs. She’ll make you a miniature replica of your own dog. Just send her a photo.

This Lady's stall sold only mini packages. Stock up today!

This Lady’s stall sold only mini packages. Stock up today!

I liked this box room. It was a old style room but with modern furnishing.

I liked this box room. It was a old style room but with modern furnishing.

Miniature Ceramics Couple

Miniature Ceramics Couple

Country Kitchen

Country Kitchen

Kitchen Table with spud basket underneath

Kitchen Table with spud basket underneath

A lady who specialised in food

A lady who specialised in food

Cherry Pie. Mmmmmmm

Cherry Pie. Mmmmmmm

Cut Fish. Reminds me of Spirited Away

Cut Fish. Reminds me of Spirited Away

How to make a cherry pie

How to make a cherry pie

Inlay Cabinet. Fuck me. Insane.

Inlay Cabinet. Fuck me. Insane.

House too dull? Get some new lights or chandeliers. This is sims on a whole other level.

House too dull? Get some new lights or chandeliers. This is sims on a whole other level.

You can commission this man to paint you a masterpiece in miniature to hang in your mansion.

You can commission this man to paint you a masterpiece in miniature to hang in your mansion.

Small Time Stand. Both ex-architects.

Small Time Stand. Both ex-architects.

Another stand for lights. A woman spent over £90 pounds in 5 mins. A repeat customer apparently.

Another stand for lights. A woman spent over £90 pounds in 5 mins. A repeat customer apparently.

Et Cetera. Another food based miniature stall. I'm rather drawn to the food ones.

Et Cetera. Another food based miniature stall. I’m rather drawn to the food ones.

Tables set to cook

Tables set to cook

A German witch lady. She had a witchy themed house.

A German witch lady. She had a witchy themed house.

Dissected Frog

Dissected Frog

Loved these carnivore plants

Loved these carnivore plants

A Vampire Man. A friendly vampire.

A Vampire Man. A friendly vampire.

Update:

Dolls’ houses: it’s a small world

The article that prompted me to go. I totally agree about the dolls houses house never have a doll in them.

The doll ruins the illusion created in this small world.

I should also add  that not everything was expensive. There were many small items like tiny pink lollies (as small as a baby’s finger nail) and miniature wine glasses selling for 50p-£1.

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11 thoughts on “Kensington Doll Festival

  1. Oh my god. I am officially not a crazy person, because I don’t make miniature things for miniature houses. But I want to. They’ve thought of everything! The dissected frogs are inspired. And I think that miniature masterpiece painter is onto a winner. x

    • It looks like it would be fun to make, although I imagine getting the scale right can’t be easy. (1/12th). The Miniature masterpiece guy was brilliant. His works cost about 400 – 300 each and they really looked real. I saw a few other ones and their brush work wasn’t half as detailed.

      I do really want a dolls house. but i want to make it. Maybe a box room to start. Its an expensive hobby though. I’d like to put my characters in a dolls house.

  2. I love dolls’ houses. They’re so perfectly arranged, like a scene frozen in the moment anticipating godzilla.

    Or I suppose you could say they’re just tremendously pretty and peaceful. Depends on the state of your hormones.

    Love the glass stuff. It really should be possible to have a flat only for useless but pretty junk like this. A museum of lovely crap.

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