I’ve always loved Cierra Anatine’s manor houses. They have a lovely traditional English feel – you expect to find muddy Welleingtons and spare barbours in a cupboard near the door, and to be greeted but an aged but still enthusiastic retriever before piling into the main room for sherry and a tale of your adventures in getting there – “Oh, I thought it was turn left at Upper Slaughter? Yes, the GPS gave up the ghost somewhere between Shipton-Under-Wychwood and Great Tew … ”
Of course, these lovely buildings (just part of a wide range from cottages to churches to eleven artefacts that Cierra creates) are often used in medieval roleplay – a roaring spit fire where I’d expect to see a battered Aga (with a comfortable tabby sleeping on the snuggest part). But these houses have been inhabited by knights and scullions, by Cavaliers and dour Roundheads, improved, expanded sometimes (if there was, all too fleetingly, money from marrying into trade) but above all loved.
And this I think is the real key to Cierra’s art – she makes homes of many sizes that are to be loved. Go and see her at Home Expo 1.
But only after you’ve tackled a jigsaw.
Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).
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