The Annual Betty's Bay Miniature Fair 2015

Published on 14 September 2015  |  Posted by Cheryl  | 

I was invited to attend the Annual Miniature Convention in Betty’s Bay which took place recently in Sept 2015, and to attend the workshops there. The Annual Miniatures Convention is the brainchild of Isa Lindstrom, who lives in Betty’s Bay, and Sue Farmer from Cape Town.

Betty's Bay is a picturesque seaside village in the Overberg region of the Western Cape. The convention is a meeting place for miniature enthusiasts from all over South Africa to share a common love and interest in miniatures. This is a diary of that event with pictures. My Parkinson’s did not bother me and I was able to work in exactly the same manner as before, much to my delight.

31st August 2015.

I took the early morning flight to Cape Town to be met by Bev who kindly took me to Betty’s Bay. Dropped me off at Isa’s house where Charles greeted me with his usual smiling face and showed me to my room which I was to share with Elaine for 2 days, then on my own until Friday.

I was a little concerned as far as sharing was concerned as my usual pattern of late nights and meds would be disrupted. As mentioned before I had not taken my Dopamine for quite a few weeks but I had brought them with me just in case… I need not have worried! Each night when I got “home” I was so tired, it took my blood pressure and anti-depressants with a cold drink and fell asleep in no time. My room-mate was not even aware that I had PD!

That afternoon I began my first workshop. Charles chauffeured me to the hall. My heart was beating as I am not used to crowds and strangers. As I entered, I saw some friends from JHB who immediately made me feel ok and safe.

The first workshop was a painted miniature toy box which I was certain I was going to fail at as my confidence with painting tiny things was at an all time low. Erika, our teacher was meticulous in showing us how to hold the brush and the angle to stroke it on the paper - something I used to teach my students years ago, and within ½ hour I was painting like a pro again.

Nothing stopped me after that. I was so proud of myself! Joy filled my heart and I almost burst into happy tears as I painted and painted, finishing before anyone else.

That afternoon I began my first workshop. Charles chauffeured me to the hall. My heart was beating as I am not used to crowds and strangers. As I entered, I saw some friends from JHB who immediately made me feel ok and safe. The first workshop was a painted miniature toy box which I was certain I was going to fail at as my confidence with painting tiny things was at an all time low. Erika, our teacher was meticulous in showing us how to hold the brush and the angle to stroke it on the paper - something I used to teach my students years ago, and within ½ hour I was painting like a pro again. Nothing stopped me after that. I was so proud of myself! Joy filled my heart and I almost burst into happy tears as I painted and painted, finishing before anyone else. That night we had a spit braai (BBQ for non South Africans) and I spent time with my friends.

                         
 

Here is a picture of my box after I antiqued it.

 

1st Sept 2015
After completing the box, I went on to the next workshop which was flower making. Sandy sat next to me and chatted away making me feel right at home even though I knew no-one in the class. I was able to paint these tiny petals and glue them onto the stems one by one. At the auction that night I won a bird cage!! Miniature of course!

Hand Painted Mini Petals Joep’s Flowers - mine were not 100% complete

2nd Sept 2015
This day I made teeny bottled pickles and fruit with Erika with total confidence. Loved every minute!! This continued the next day in the morning.

                  

3rd Sept 2015
The afternoon class was with Barbara Bear, the well known international miniature book maker! The tiniest photograph album was my pride and joy at the end of that class. That night we had an open-to-the-public exhibition and sales tables, where I sold my MiniMold and a few of the miniature food products I had made for Gulliver’s Nook.

 

4th Sept 2015
By now I was going like a Boeing! The final class being a miniature watering can and planter out of card, but painted to look like galvanized steel. That afternoon we packed up and sadly left Betty’s Bay. Jeanne gave me a lift to my friend’s house where I spent the night.

                            

The next morning, I was picked up by Elizabeth and whipped off to the Miniature Fair in Rondebosch where Daphne had kindly given me a part of her table. I was in awe of what I saw there, and had the best day! All too soon it was over, and Barbara kindly chauffeured me back to my friend’s house where I spent a lovely weekend with her, her daughter and husband. To say I am grateful to all these people for welcoming me and taking time to fetch and carry my around is an understatement, but I am most grateful for the wonderful things I learnt while there, and of course I’ll be practicing my painting technique before I forget again.

Thanks to Everyone!
To Isa Lindstrom I would like to thank you and the Convention Committee for the most amazing 6 days I have had in a long time.

Also I would like to extend my special thanks for the following people:

To Erika Gross for giving me back my confidence in painting, and for her incredible kits;
To Barbara Brear (who is really a teddy "Brear" in disguise) for taking me to Pen Hill after the fair;
To Sandy Berenstein for being so friendly;
To Elana for ditto;
To Jeanne Marx for being so sharing and for taking me back
To Pen Hill after the convention;
To Elizabeth for taking me to the fair and being so thoughtful;
To Belinda McWilliams for asking me what I'm going to teach there next year :)
A special thank you to Daphne for her hugs and for just spoiling and boosting me every day;
and to Isa and Charles Lindstrom for sharing your home with me.

Also a special mention to my friends Marlene, Cobus and Elga

I am hoping to be able to attend the convention next year (all being well) and hopefully contributing in some way. Its an experience I will always remember!

xx Cheryl

Anyone wanting to know more about the Annual Miniature Conference held in Betty’s Bay can visit their website at: Betty's Bay Miniature Convention

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