Once Upon a Time and in a Land Not Too Far Away as a fair maiden was foraging through the shelves of her local supermarket on the lookout for something to ‘throw together for a family supper’ she picked up a copy of Dolls’ House Magazine in the hope that a ‘quick read’ would lighten the monotony of all the horrible housework still patiently waiting for her at home.
Hours later and with the housework unfinished and the promise of a cold supper for her poor starving family, the fair maiden realised that she had been left captivated by the wonder of the discoveries that she had made between the pages of this magazine.
And ever since that fateful day, she have been creating her ‘Small Worlds’ and although her passion to design a miniature world remains just as intoxicating and as challenging as ever was; the fair maiden is the first to admit that it has left her a lot lighter in pocket with her children barefoot and the pantry empty of chocolate biscuits…
Hello and welcome to my Patreon page! My name is Tee Bylo and I am an artist and storyteller creating ‘Small Worlds’.
However, before you read on: I would like it known that even though my children have now flown the nest – they are still speaking to me despite this passion for creating anything and everything in 12th scale!
With a myriad of those ‘Small Worlds’ now in private collections, my present 12th scale ventures include the expansion of the Mouse Town of Merryworth (both in real estate AND with more mice!) there is an ambitious design for another ‘Nicole’s House’ and with my passion for the unique and mystical, I’m creating more weirdly wonderful emporiums and mythical folk for the All Hallows Hamlet.
And as I also have a fascination for anything Lord Byron, I love nothing more than escaping to 13 Piccadilly Terrace in the year 1815 as I fluff the pillows, arrange the flowers and stoke the fires in the home inspired by the life of this fabulous poet.
Self-taught and armed with imagination, plaster, strip wood, paints, mountboard, papier-mâché, natural foliage, clay and glue I design my ‘Small Worlds’ using whatever is around me at the time including scrap MDF, cardboard boxes, model kits, a huge plant pot, a tatty dolls house, some chicken wire, a tree stump and even a grotty, old waste bin.
AND wait until you see the ‘Small Worlds’ I plan to create with an abandoned bicycle wheel, a plastic paint tub and one very large wire mesh basket once used to store a giant firework!
I once jokingly calculated that I would need to live at least another 250 years to create my dream projects into 12th scale reality.
But WHY Patreon?
Although I love what I do and cannot imagine myself doing anything other than this – I know that in this crazy world of mine that it’s impossible to survive on fresh air with only a diet of hope and the occasional box of donated teabags.
The glue, paint, wood, tools, paintbrushes, fabric and all of the other lovely stuff I use to create my imaginary worlds costs money and if it didn’t – I would either be crawling over hot coals to get to this ‘Land of the Free’ or I’d be spending time at Her Majesty’s Pleasure.
And even though I may never own a fabulous house in Miami Beach or travel back in time to take tea with Jane Austen or shop at dusk in a hamlet populated by crones and goblins or enjoy a delicious supper with a talkative hedgehog – I can still have wish fulfillment in 12th scale…
I’d also love to write a storybook, design an amazing video and merchandise THOSE Merryworth Mice!
ALL of which has brought ME to Patreon…
Patreon is a membership site for artists just like me – although I’ve yet to find anyone else using this site who creates anything quite like I do!
Beginning with a monthly pledge from a $1 and up which is charged to your card on the 1st of every month – not only will you be creatively cheering me on – you’ll also be invited to cross the portal and step into my world.
And as a ‘Thank you’ there are also lots of unique rewards to enjoy including exclusive first peeks, anniversary gifts and Etsy discounts and all with the freedom to cancel or amend your pledge at any time.
As Lewis Carroll once said that “Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality” – why not join me and let’s fight this battle together?