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Creative Competition 2009 – Dylan Thomas Retreat

September 15th, 2009

Yesterday we explained how the Creative Competition had been a great success this year but that this had given our judges a very hard time choosing the top three, to the point that they chose two entries for special commendations, outside of the 3 winners.

Today we bring you Elaine Massey’s Dylan Thomas Retreat. Here’s what she says about her project.

“As soon as I cast eyes on the summer house, it reminded me of Dylan Thomas’s Retreat in Laugharne, South Wales. I had been taken there as a teenager, my memories were not quite accurate, I discovered, as his retreat was a converted garage, but the image remained my inspiration.

When the kit arrived, I put it together dry, and decided to “trim” the back, making a cross section. Gradually I built the landscape from polystyrene coated in kitchen towel. I added many layers of paint, followed by the plants, stones, a fallen tree as on of the supports for the retreat and finally the water in the stream.

I wanted the summer house to look as if it had been in the landscape for years, I made up a biography of my author, Tomas Evans, no 74, hence the lack of maintenance externally.

I had great fun painting and distressing the building, and as I had a story to work from, accessorising the interior was easy to plan. Shelves of books, work in progress, a proof returned, forgotten sandwiches and cold coffee and the glass of whisky for reflection.

Surrounded by his literary ephemera, an award of silver inkwells, posters of book launches, his previous books, and well into writing his next bestseller, Thomas Evans is content. As am I, final thanks to my cat Marmite who donated some of his hair to line the bird’s nest!”

Feel inspired to make your own miniature marvel? The Summer House and other smaller dolls’ house kits are available at The Dolls House Emporium.

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3 Comments to “Creative Competition 2009 – Dylan Thomas Retreat”


  1. Well done Elaine! I, too, have visited Dylan Thoms’s Retreat, and I think he would have been very comfortable in this one! The exterior is beautifully distressed and weathered, and I particularly liked the window corners!!
    Your stream effect is delightful! Well done indeed!!
    Kind regards from a fellow miniaturist.


  2. [...] special commendations go to Elaine Massey of Middlesex for her Dylan Thomas Retreat and Alice Baudet of Chateau Dun, France for her “Trompe L’oeil” Grandfather boat. [...]


  3. ouah :! bravo for your water!!!the best for Dylan Thomas Retreat: continue!!

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