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I have had a life-long love affair with dollhouse miniatures, and careers in art education and interior design. I hope to combine these life experiences to help other miniature enthusiasts get more out of this wonderful hobby we enjoy, a hobby that often reaches the level of an art form. Susan Downing

Posted on 20 November, 2015

Mary Payne Miniaturist


Mary Payne's Barber Shop

Mary Payne’s LoBue’s Barber Shop

The picture of LoBue’s Barber Shop on my newsfeed caught my eye. The caption “A recreation of Mary’s grand father’s barber shop in Weehawken, NJ.”  got my attention because preserving memories by making room boxes has always been the key in my interest in dollhouse miniatures all these years.

I contacted Mary Payne and got this reply:

“I don’t have much of a backstory for it. I never saw that barbershop. The outside was reproduced from a couple of old family pictures. We have no family members left that remember the inside so I used elements from several pictures of old barbershops I found online. If you want to see more of my work go to [our website]. All my work is photographed and posted by my husband. Most of the stores are memorials [of] family and friends who are gone.”

And what a lot of great work it is. Besides the wonderful barber shop room box, check out the rest of Mary’s basement.

Mary Paine's Basement

Mary Patne’s Basement

I identify with Mary in that memories, and the emotions that flow from them, are the important part of my being a miniature enthusiast. If I can’t make everything myself, or don’t have the time to learn to be a renaissance artisan, that’s all right. I’ll buy the wares of other skilled specialists in the dollhouse miniature universe.

Other enthusiasts have the desire to create museum quality works of art, making all the items themselves. God bless them! I’m glad they have the drive and perseverance to make these wonderful creations. It shows me what can be accomplished and to show the heights craftsmanship it’s possible to reach.

Mary Payne's Room Boxes

Other room boxes by Mary Payne

Each of the rome boxes to the right have a link to an expanded view. Click on the photo. It takes you to Mary’s section of the family webpage.

There is so much latitude in participating in the wonderful hobby .. or art form. Pick your spot on the spectrum. And knowing that we can change that niche whenever we want. It just time and effort … and some skills.



Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: room boxes

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