Hobby turns trash into tiny trea­sures

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

For Janet By­croft, some­one else’s trash is a trea­sure.

By­croft is a minia­tur­ist. She cre­ates minia­ture scenes, ei­ther from a mem­ory, or a dis­play in a kit­set.

She is ex­hibit­ing a col­lec­tion into the Mata­mata So­ci­ety of Arts Inc an­nual exhibition next month.

By­croft finds most of her kit­sets and other bits and pieces on line or in cat­a­logues, and oth­ers she uses her imag­i­na­tion for.

She says she will of­ten find use­ful items on the road­side or foot­path while out walk­ing and turn some­one’s trash into a trea­sure for her houses.

‘‘I just look at things in a com­pletely dif­fer­ent way.’’

By­croft be­came in­ter­ested in minia­tures from a good friend, and for­mer Mata­mata res­i­dent Mar­garet Ward.

At that time, By­croft was mak­ing teddy bears and porce­lain dolls, so it was a segue into some­thing new, but not to­tally for­eign.

‘‘Mar­garet had a won­der­ful dis­play and it fas­ci­nated me. I was do­ing porce­lain dolls at the time and one thing led to an­other and of course the doll house dolls were avail­able at that time, so I got hooked.’’

Her first dis­play, an out­door scene from a per­sonal mem­ory took months to cre­ate. She cre­ated two scenes in six years and then lost a bit of en­thu­si­asm. By then, there was no one in Mata­mata cre­at­ing them and no one she could bounce ideas off.

That soon changed just af­ter the new mil­le­nium when she took it up again and then Janet says she be­came more en­thu­si­as­tic.

The in­tro­duc­tion of two other minia­tur­ists in Mata­mata also re­newed her pas­sion.

‘‘We have been bounc­ing ideas off each other.’’

She says the ac­ces­sories are her favourite part, and she is al­ways look­ing at how to cre­ate things in minia­ture.

‘‘It in­volves a wide range of va­ri­ety and tech­nique.

‘‘Over time, I go to a dolls show and buy and buy. I’m al­ways adding more, al­ways chang­ing them.’’

The exhibition next month will be the first time By­croft has dis­played them for the pub­lic. She will have 10 minia­tures go­ing on dis­play.

The Mata­mata So­ci­ety of Arts Inc exhibition will be at the Mata­mata Memo­rial Cen­tre from Oc­to­ber 14-16, it also in­cludes an art com­pe­ti­tion for which en­tries must be in by Septem­ber 30.

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