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« on: October 20, 2012 02:27:20 AM »



When someone mentions “black cats” (as Sonjaboo, my partner in the Halloween Chunky House swap, did), it brings to mind two iconic images. My inspiration for this project comes from second of those two icons. More on the first later, but for this project, “The Black Cat Poster” or, Théophile Steinlen’s 1896 advertisement for the cabaret, Le Chat Noir:



The Cabaret on the right was located at 68 Boulevard de Clichy, Paris-Montmartre. What a great building for this project. Here’s my Halloween-influenced interpretation of Le Chat Noir:



The windows are isinglass (thin sheets of mica). All of the trim is wood.





One of my favorite bits:



And the Le Chat Noir Moon sign:





I loved working on this project, because everywhere I turned, I was reminded of the first iconic “black cat” image for me, my buddy-boy, Spike (1982-1991):

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« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2012 02:51:51 AM »

This is AMAZING and truly mind-boggling - I love Jugenstil and your interpretation of the house is perfect as always. I wonder if I will ever truly comprehend the awesome tininess of your creations- your partner is a very lucky person!
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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2012 05:48:50 AM »

microjivvy, this is amazing!  But then, your stuff always is!!
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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2012 05:51:00 AM »

I am in awe (as always seeing your work) with what you can do. Especially realizing that it is sooooo tiny!! Amazing, really!

Thanks for showing us your inspiration and your interpretation, I like reading that.

And I hit this rocks, because it does  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2012 06:37:47 AM »

That's amazing. I have been stashing stuff to use in some mini building art, and this has inspired me. I'd like to share some links I have favorited that I've been using for technique ideas:

http://www.militarymodelling.com/news/article/make-it-real-part-1/4083/

Also, I stopped in at the Michael Garman studio in Old Colorado City, Colorado, and his pieces are really intricate. He even has little hologram people that pop up in some of them. I could only find this link for something that wasn't retail, but if you google him, his site comes up.

http://www.askart.com/AskART/artists/search/ArtistKeywords.aspx?searchtype=KEYWORDS&artist=11008467

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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2012 08:22:24 AM »

Oh wow, jivvy!! That is so beautiful! There is so much detail! I feel like I could sit and state at forever!
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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2012 08:30:54 AM »

Microjivvy that is a beautiful work of art, I just love it.  And I was going gaga over it even before I realized how small it is!  holy carp.  I've always been a fan of the poster too, and love what you've done combining the influences.  You really created a wonderful feeling.

Love the picture of your cat too, I had a black cat named Diego (named after Diego Rivera) who lived with me for 14 years.
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« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2012 05:15:06 PM »

Thanks, all -- I was pretty excited to have another "black cat" lover as a partner. Wink

@BirdBones: I had to google "Jugenstil" before I could say this, but, "me, too!"  Cheesy

@CDEeeek: Thanks for the links!  Both the model railroaders and military modellers have some real artisans.
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« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2012 07:29:13 PM »


@BirdBones: I had to google "Jugenstil" before I could say this, but, "me, too!"  Cheesy


You're right- I believe the "english" term is art nouveau Grin
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@BirdBones: I had to google "Jugenstil" before I could say this, but, "me, too!"  Cheesy


You're right- I believe the "english" term is art nouveau Grin

Hey, I learned a new word today! We have neighbors just outside of town who are Amish, and this conversation above sounds like their conversations, minus the google part, of course, lol(they call non-Amish people "the english"). I will try out my new word on them!  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2012 06:15:59 AM »

I'm in love with this!
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« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2012 06:52:46 AM »

Beautiful work!  Your miniatures are always SO inspiring!  I've always loved the mini houses, and one day, I may attempt one.  Such amazing work!  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2012 09:27:15 AM »

I love this sooooo much!  I can't stop looking at it.
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« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2012 12:13:37 PM »

Loves it to bits!

Jivvy, you always blow my mind Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2012 06:26:44 PM »

By your standards, Microjivvy, this thing is HUGE! Cheesy It's a work of art at any scale, though.

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« Reply #15 on: October 21, 2012 07:36:30 PM »

I love this so much Cheesy You did a terrific job!
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« Reply #16 on: October 22, 2012 07:21:15 AM »

I think this might have to be my favorite chunky house ever. You are amazing. Every single time. Don't you get tired? Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: October 25, 2012 08:28:04 AM »

Thanks, all -- I was pretty excited to have another "black cat" lover as a partner. Wink

As the incredibly proud owner of this piece, I can't even tell you how amazing it is! So many details -- those pumpkins are tiny. I am in awe. This is going to be displayed year round!

We lost our Sonja (<--- see avatar) almost two years ago, and she was just the best little cat in the world. I used to have a giant print of the Chat Noir in our living room as homage to her! So it makes it even cooler that microjivvy used that as her theme. 

Thank you so much for such a special house, microjivvy!  Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: October 27, 2012 06:30:13 AM »

I find myself staring at it wistfully. It's really wonderful and I want it. What do you want in trade to make me one of those?!  Cheesy
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Thanks, all.  Kiss

ah, cackle, I'm sure we could work out something, but not before Christmas.

I'm covered up in the ho3 swap and I wouldn't want to shortchange my partner.  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

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« Reply #20 on: October 27, 2012 12:22:41 PM »

Thanks, all.  Kiss

ah, cackle, I'm sure we could work out something, but not before Christmas.

I'm covered up in the ho3 swap and I wouldn't want to shortchange my partner.  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy




Okay, micro, I'll remember that! I have to tell you that one of my favorite nouveau artists is Steinlen and that print hags in my studio and it's my mouse pad. (Which I think is pretty amusing)
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