This obsession with getting everything in 1/6 scale has made my collecting over the years very interesting. I haven’t actually carried a Barbie in my purse to measure things against- which I probably should- so there is always the question: is this object too big or possible a little too small? After 40 years, I’ve developed a pretty good eye for it, but I still bring home something not quite in scale from time to time. Then I argue with myself. Use it or not? Usually the need to have Barbie's rooms look as real as possible wins out and I discard the piece no matter how much I like it. In the case of the tansu, the tansu won.
As I’ve collected over the years, I have always tried to stay truly in scale for the sake of my own sense of aesthetics. But now that I’m photographing my rooms and sharing them online, on my website and on Doll Divas, the need to get everything properly in proportion seems more important than ever.
Most of the ideas I will be sharing on my website can be adapted for any size, but 1/6 scale (Playscale) is my favorite because, as the name suggests, you really can play with it. My daughter had a 1/12 scale house for a time, but it was difficult to actually play with. Mostly she put the furniture in and looked at it. The big Barbie house that stands in my hall (7 feet tall!!) was the one my daughters and their friends actually enjoyed and spent hours playing with.
I want to use this blog to explore the how and why of collecting and working with 1/6 scale, as well as sharing ideas and unique doll houses and dioramas I’ve seen in other sizes. There is nothing quite so fun as sharing with others who have been equally captured by your obsession!