About the Editor

Ellen-head1Confession time. I’m pretty much a newbie when it comes to miniature collecting and dollhouses. When I was a child, my brother made me a two-story dollhouse for my two stuffed chipmunks out of scrap wood. He made little beds with blankets. Pictures were sketched, framed, and placed on the wall. My animals were living in style. It was wonderful. That was the extent of my dollhouse experience. Other than a collection of mini-vases, I didn’t really consider myself much of a collector of things. I am not a fan of too much clutter.

After graduating from UCLA, I worked professionally in print advertising for the movie, television, and music industries, which I worked for several years while always practicing my personal artwork. It was then that I decided to get my masters degree from the avante-guard school, Southern California Institute of Architecture. What drew me most to this school was that it expanded greatly how I saw the world and the amount of intense attention given to the human being and our environments. I have now been working professionally in the architectural field for over 8 years.

It is also here where I cultivate a love for designing using physical models, having been taught by a master craftsman who has done finished models for well-known buildings such as The Getty Center designed by Richard Meir. I have worked on dozens of models since then in my career, but it has gotten less and less with 3-D imaging becoming much more prevalent. My artwork has also evolved taking on a more spatial and textural quality that reflect in my architectural work as well.

I recently came across some Japanese miniature sets at a novelty store and became intrigued of the extensive detail given to a $2 items. Much different from the mass produced stuff I’ve seen in the stores. They had working hinges, tiny printed menus and packaging, contemporary objects. I was in awe that so much attention has been given to these little objects. It awakened that part of me that enjoyed and appreciated the art of craft, and to know that someone else out there did too. And so my collection started with the idea of the chic dollhouse being the perfect container.

Through this seemingly random chain of events and my desire to help bridge the gap between the designer world and the rest of the community, Dollhouse Digest was born. So here I am, a fledgling, stepping into the dollhouse world on a quest to create an exploratory community for the advancement of the quality of living. Come join me in “The Great Dollhouse Experiment”.


Ellen Riingen

Artisan and Founder

For her art and architecture website, see http://ellenriingen.com.

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