What are we, exactly – we strange inhabitants of Steampunk-Shrunk Towers?
To be honest, we fall between many cracks. Miniaturists? Dollshouse suppliers? Craftspeople? Artists? Steampunk? Perhaps all of these, and a little more.
This mild existential crisis was brought about when we were invited to sell our wares at a Halloween Spooktacular (sic).
“But we don’t do spooky stuff,” Mrs S protested, having just returned from a highly successful steampunk rally where the retro-futuristic gizmos, gadgets, clockwork devices and watch cog jewellery had gone down splendidly.
“Ahem, miniatures jars of vampire repellent, banshee bane, undead eradicator and other such poisons and potions; carved skull holders with tiny red wax candles; scrying mirrors; grimoires; a selection of black and silver tables and cabinets, crammed with all manner of weird devices and artefacts… You even have a fortune teller’s table,” she was reminded.
“Oh, well yes. When you put it like that, I suppose we are, um, slightly dark in places,” she admitted. “Fine. We’ll do the Hallowe’en sale.
Before that, though, we have a dollshouse and miniatures fair to do in Weston-super-Mare, where we will mingle with purveyors of shabby chic 12th scale bedroom suites, impossibly tiny polymer clay foodstuffs and little pots of artificial flowers. Bemused ladies of a certain age will politely enquire as to what, exactly, steampunk is, while long-suffering husbands will pause and stare in wonder into our turbine room or at our little time machines, and perhaps contemplate collecting a few miniatures themselves.
Next spring, we’ll be showcasing the craftsmanship and artistry involved in creating miniature wonders at the Best of Somerset Show in the appropriately diminutive city of Wells.
No wonder we – and many of our customers – are slightly confused at times. Only that very rare and precious breed of steampunk dollshouse enthusiasts truly ‘get’ us, but that doesn’t stop the wider public from coming along to take a look and discovering utterly useless little treasures that they suddenly find they simply can’t live without.
If you pop across to the HOME page you’ll find details of the upcoming Steampunk-Shrunk stalls.
If you find yourself in the lovely county of Somerset, you can pop along to the wonderful Crispin Emporium in the town of Street, where you can view a selection of our wares from Tuesdays to Saturdays, 9.30-4.
And finally, if you live further afield, a selection of our wares can be bought from our online Etsy shop and shipped worldwide.