The poet Lord Byron once said "IF I don't write to empty my mind, I will go mad" and when I think back to that fateful day many years ago when curiosity got the better of me and I picked up a copy of Dolls' House Magazine in my local supermarket which then went on to change my life - I understand where the man was coming from!
Hello and welcome to my Patreon page! My name is Tee Bylo and I am a storyteller, model maker and sculptor creating imaginary worlds in miniature...
I have been creating 'Small Worlds' for many years now and the passion to design and create a miniature world remains just as intoxicating and challenging - which, I might add has also left me a little lighter in pocket!
Self-taught and armed with plaster, strip wood, paints, mountboard, papier-mâché, natural foliage, clay, glue and lots of imagination, 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 another 250 years to create my dream projects into 12th scale reality.
Remember how I told you about the magazine that changed my life? Well, some years later I was offered a monthly 'Tee Time' column and for one glorious year I got to share the triumphs and tears of my 12th scale musings and I was paid for it too!
But why am I now on Patreon, you ask?
Having done the parenting bit for my two amazing sons, in 2014, I suddenly found myself as a full-time care giver to my infirm mother and vulnerable adult brother and life became increasingly difficult as my time, financial independence and occasionally my sanity have continue to diminish.
Lewis Carroll said that "Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality" and right now, my imagination is all that I have as it gives me the freedom to dream, plan and create new 'Small Worlds' either in the studio or from my shed at the bottom of the garden.
Although I love what I do and cannot imagine myself doing anything other than this – I do 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 ALL costs money AND if it didn't - I would either be crawling over hot coals to get to this 'Land of the Free' or else I'd be spending time at Her Majesty's Pleasure...
And even though I may never own a fabulous house in Laguna Beach or travel back in time to the year 1815 and live as Lord Byron and Jane Austen once did nor could I shop at dusk in a hamlet populated by crones and goblins and then enjoy a delicious supper with a talkative hedgehog - I can still have wish fulfillment in 12th scale...
And it would be fabulous if you could be by my side too for not only will you be supporting me in my work but you'll also be invited to cross the portal and step into my world!
Whether you want to become a 'Hen' or 'House Guest', 'Mouser' or 'Adventurer' - the choice is yours and as a 'Thank you' - there are also lots of unique rewards to enjoy including exclusive 'behind-the-scenes' images, giveaways, tutorials, Etsy discounts and and anniversary gifts.
Your pledge means everything to me as it will allow me to the freedom to design, create and teach and you can cancel or amend your pledge at any time!
If you are unable to pledge - that's fine too for knowing that you are still reading this means just as much - Thank you!
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