... the next Changing Collections Exhibit at Michael's Museum. We are very pleased to have Susan Engle as our next Guest Collector. The Exhibit will open on Thursday, April 5, 2012,
Our Guest Collector for the April Changing Collections Cabinet in Michael’s Museum at Chicago Children’s Museum will be Susan Engle, Associate Editor of the Brilliant Star Magazine and collector of small things. Brilliant Star is an award-winning magazine that invites children of all backgrounds and faiths to explore their roles as world citizens. It emphasizes concepts such as: the appreciation of cultural and racial diversity; peace among all religions and nations; the equality of women and men; the elimination of prejudices and poverty; and the sustainable development and protection of our fragile planet.
“When I was a little girl, our family had neighbors from Eastern Europe who displayed a glass cabinet filled with miniatures in their dining room. The miniatures fired my imagination, and I thought I could see a whole world of tiny people who loved and used them.
“I've collected tiny things that appeal to me over the years, and realized as I prepared for this exhibit that many of them are carved or constructed of wood. The group of miniatures you will see come from only five cultures, but they can attract the eye and imagination of anyone in the world who wishes they could shrink down and live among them. The cultures include Russian, German, Japanese, Hopi and American. Africa and Chile among others may also be represented but for now, just five.
“From tiny nesting dolls, to Kachina dolls, to a wedding of German figures, beautiful miniatures can be made of wood. A World of Wood will take you to a tiny imaginary place where your eyes will delight in creations carved and painted so beautifully that you may wish you were the right size to wander around among them.
Susan Engle - April 2012 Guest Collector Associate Editor, Brilliant Star Magazine
Some items in the collection will be:
18 pairs of animals, plus Noah and his wife
3 miniature scenes in small wooden boxes made in Germany
Nesting dolls that start at 2 1/2 inches and get smaller
2 matryoshkas that hold tiny nutcrackers 5/8 of an inch tall
A Kachina doll carrying twins on his back
An articulated teddy bear 5/8 of an inch high
A tiny wedding party that includes mother and father of the bride and groom, bridesmaids, flower girls, the bridal couple and a minister
A small Japanese doll with four interchangeable heads