It's all in the detail

October saw the team at Our Home And Miniature Land focused on adding detailed elements to our existing exhibits. This included our “Halloween” home, which can be easily interchanged back to reality after the day.

 

Detail, Detail, Detail

The talented people in the modeling team at Our Home and Miniature Land do more than build replicas of actual structures. They also bring those models they create to life. It all adds to the motion and energy of the exhibits.

We are very proud of their creativity, not to mention their unwavering patience and dedication in producing such a level of detail for our exhibits. They do this by injecting into the scenes intricate detail with individual figures of people, and also by adding a multitude of accessories. Everything goes into the mix to create everyday stories.

Some of the things they do are very specific and true to reality. It might be the interior of a Petro Canada gas station, or the change room at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre in Brantford, Ontario. But other scenes are more of a caricature such as a birthday party in the backyard of a house, or activity in the playground at a local school.

 

Back In Time (chronicle I)

Our Home and Miniature Land depicts everyday scenes of today on a massive, albeit miniature, scale. But we also bring the past to life. For example, the model of Dundurn Castle in the Hamilton exhibit transports you into the past with typical scenes from earlier periods.

Dundurn Castle is a 40-room, Italianate-style villa that was built in the 1830s. There is a lot of history associated with it and today it is a National Historic Site. We brought the past back with intricate scenes involving people. You have a garden party, a game of croquet, and even an important guest arriving by carriage. Indeed, if you didn’t know better, you might think it’s a scene from the popular TV series Downton Abbey.

 

Personal Profile – Camille Wodka

Camille Wodka is called the Miniature Visionary at Our Home and Miniature Land, and for good reason. She helps Anita Fenton and other team members with all the planning for a scene before anything gets built. That includes planning the layout for the forefront of the scene and for the streets. But she also helps out with painting, laser printing, construction and especially all those little details that are so important to the displays. In addition, she assists Anita Fenton with such administrative tasks as keeping an inventory of all the products that are used in the exhibits.

Camille, who lives in Mississauga, recently graduated from the Advanced Diploma Program in Public Relations at Humber College. Incredibly, she has never had any formal training in art or building, but has a lot of natural creative talent which was obvious to all when she first joined OHML in April, 2014.

An avid jogger who loves the outdoors, she enjoys camping, hiking and painting in her spare time. Camille is a big fan of the Harry Potter series of books and, as for films, her favourite is Almost Famous.

 

November 11 – A Day to Observe

It was the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. The year was 1918 and it marked the end of hostilities in the Great War, now known as World War I. Today we honour that war effort with Remembrance Day as it is called throughout all nations of the British Commonwealth. And that, of course, includes Canada which was still a young nation back then. But Canada paid a huge price in the form of almost 61,000 dead and another 172,000 wounded. The war did not officially end until June 28, 1919 with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. It was a Canadian physician – Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae – who wrote In Flanders Fields, the poem that has since come to commemorate that conflict.

Jacqueline Wong