June, July 2020
Inga Moore illustrated Kenneth Grahame's 'The Wind in the Willows' in an enchanting way and I have amalgamted several views of rooms and houses in my own 1:12 scale house below. This took some planning! But now I think I have a house that fully embodies my overall experience of the homes from 'Wind in the Willows', except for the grand parts of Toad Hall, which were beyond the scope of this project. I would also like to have been able to expand Mole's underground garden (which merged with Ratty's back garden as illustrated by Moore). I am also still not that skilled in replicating in miniature the light (be it artificial or natural) that is found in fullscale rooms; with Badger's cellar kitchen this was a particular problem: the tiny lights in the fire grates hardly showed on the photographs, nor the light from the wall lights; if I had not lit the room with large anglepoise lamps most of it would have been indistinguishable in photographs because the 1:12 scale lights gave so little light. The downside is that I could not replicate the firelit atmosphere of the room.
I could have placed Inga Moore's illustrations alongside the parts of my rooms that are modelled after them but then the photos would seem to be repetitive because several parts of Moore's illustrations appear in each room. So I just start with the back of the house (the garden).
First, Inga Moore's magical illustrations: