The National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts (NAME) is an organization you might want to look into if you love doll houses and miniatures. This miniaturists organization is for both miniature artisans and collectors of doll houses and miniatures. NAME has been in existence since 1972 when Allegra Mott founded the nonprofit educational
organization to promote friendship and networking and the sharing of ideas among those who love miniatures. The organization holds several meetings and workshops during the year but the national convention is held once a year in different locations. This year’s annual convention is being held in Tucson, Arizona from July 7 through July 14th. The theme of this year’s event is “At Night in the Museum when miniatures come alive!”.
Convention workshops include constructing a shadow box museum, creating seaside treasures with seashells, sand, crystals and sea glass, creating a Southwest theme entrance display, decorating and glazing pottery, creating quarter scale jewelry, learning drill press techniques, making a fine miniature bookcase, and how to make ladderback chairs. There are also pre-convention workshops on creating pottery in one inch scale, and a Night in the Museum shadowbox where the mummies come alive in the dark.
In addition to workshops there are themed luncheons with speakers discussing topics such as My life in miniatures, Lighting your miniatures the easy way, Uses for creative paperclay, and 100 years of toys in motion. In addition there will be raffles for attendees to win shadow boxes in both the ½” and ¼” scale. Visit Miniatures.org to learn about upcoming events.