Miniaturist of the Month – Renee Orvis
Real Good Toys welcomes Renee Orvis, our very first home town Miniaturist of the Month! Renee grew up right here in Barre. She is married with two children, an 18 year old daughter in college and an 8 year old son. She attended Johnson State College for one year and eventually finished her degree in fine art at the Community College of Vermont. Renee also worked for Joann Fabrics for a few years where she developed an interest in sewing, crafts and needlework. She has worked for 26 years at Vermont Mutual Insurance Group in the Finance Department.
Renee is relatively new to miniatures, but has jumped in with both feet. She became interested in dollhouses and miniatures when she was young. Renee recalls receiving a large Colonial Style dollhouse for Christmas one year. The house was passed on, but she kept some of the furniture thinking she might eventually get into dollhouses. It wasn’t until about a year and a half ago that she bought her first kit. Her first build was the Real Good Toys Build Along Collectibles Cabinet. That was all it took. Renee was hooked! Her next kit was the Lilliput Mulberry Lane. Renee really loves art history, especially the Georgian, Regency and Victorian periods. She wanted to make the interior of her Mulberry Lane as authentic to these periods as her budget would allow. She said, “I finally decided that I can’t have an exact replica house with all the details exactly as they would have been… so I decided to look at it more as an impressionist painter would and focus on the subtleties, giving the suggestion of a Georgian kitchen or a Regency drawing room. A little color here and a little detail there, and not worry so much about making it exactly correct.”
What’s next for this miniaturist? She would like to create miniatures on her own and not from kits. Renee would like to try her hand at polymer clay food, and has already tried painting and framing her own pieces. She says, “As a new miniaturist, I am very excited about the many facets and options to explore!”
Renee, your enthusiasm to try new things is contagious, and we thank you for letting us have a look into your projects. We can’t wait to see what’s next for you!
Would you like to be our next Miniaturist of the Month? It’s really easy! Just email your information with a few pictures attached to [email protected] I want to let your talents shine!