Now that Halloween is around the corner (gosh, time flies!), it is time to talk about the next dollhouse style: a Gothic dollhouse.
I’m not sure if all falls under the same theme, together with ‘Halloween’, just ‘spooky’, or if it is considered something completely different. So let’s figure that out together?
Before, I have talked about lots of other dollhouse styles, about 5 by now, so please just use the “search” button on my website for more. Like for example the Cabinet dollhouses or the Victorian style, but there is so much more to discover ;-).
What Is The Gothic Style ?
To be honest: I had no clue what to write about this topic, as I didn’t even know where it derived from. But after looking it up, I hope that I can tell you a few things.
The Gothic style seems to be originally developed during the time period 1140-1500, mainly for architecture and visual arts and mostly represented as such in churches. Also, it was first known as the ‘French style’.
Pointed arches on windows, doors, and vaults are quite characteristic of this style.
A lot of styles that I described before are originally from the UK, but for once this one is mainly from France. At about 1140 this country started to build its first Gothic buildings, as for example the Choir of the Cathedral of Saint-Denis and the Cathedral of Sens.
Before we move on, I would like for you to check out this guy on Instagram, making a 3D Gothic cathedral. Isn’t it fantastic?
The next thing very typical for Gothic-style architecture is that they strived to build as high as possible and that they wanted lots of light to naturally come into the buildings.
Hence, the windows became bigger, wider, and higher than the previous Romanesque architectural style.
If you would have visited the ‘Notre-Dame de Paris‘, you would notice the most important signs of the Gothic style, meaning:
- pointed arches
- stained glass windows
- pointed, elongated shapes
- mythical monsters scaring people passing by 🙂
- ribbed vaults
Sadly, Notre Dame got burned down on the 15th of April 2019.
The Gothic Style Is Also Showing In The Fashion.
All the elements of this previous list were also showing in the style of people’s clothes.
Gothic clothes in the Middle Ages.
Here are some characteristics of the Gothic clothes during the Middle Ages (so you can base your Gothic dolls’ clothes on this perhaps?):
- made from velvet
- pointed high hats for gentlemen
- long shoes with pointy noses, sometimes even as long as half a meter! (ridiculous or not?)
- stiff neck collars
- sharp cuffs
- large sleeves from well dressed coats and kaftans
At first, these Gothic clothes were not black, but on the contrary, they had very lively colors during the beginning of the period! The most used colors were: blue, lilac, green, and burgundy.
Have an actual look at this video, where you can see how the Gothic clothing style has developed during the time (in under 4 minutes!) :
Modern Gothic clothes.
In the previous century, from the 1970s to the 1980s, people started wearing Gothic-style clothing on the streets.
The color black became quite popular, as it was becoming more trendy to be ‘gloomy’ and ‘down’, and people got tired of ‘punk’.
During different times they were a few variations in the Gothic style, but as I said before, the most combinations of colors will be with black, with some red or white. Jewelry can be quite large and mostly in silver, but also mostly combined with black.
The materials used for Gothic clothes are leather, mesh, velvet, silk, and even vinyl.
Nowadays, ‘Goths‘ (they are a subculture) dress up in dark clothing, dialed black hair, and dark lipstick. Males and females can wear black nail polish and dark eyeliner (the male Gothic clothes and style are quite similar to the female ones).
Silver Gothic jewels can have Gothic symbols like cross pendants, skulls, rose ornaments, spiders, dragons, bats, etc..
Up To Our Most Important Stuff: A Gothic Dollhouse And/Or Miniatures.
I could keep talking forever about the “Goths” and their clothing, but let’s move on with the dollhouses 😉
There was some confusion at my end when researching the term ‘Gothic dollhouse’, because the exact historical style sometimes was reflected, but most of the time not.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but it seems that gothic dollhouses are usually just a term to define the houses that are either “haunted”, have a Halloween theme, are “abandoned”, have an “Addams” family- theme, etc, etc..
Now that this confusion is out of the way, let’s dive into a few artists that I like 🙂
1. Bentley House Mini’s: The Addams Family Dollhouse
Ara from Bentley House Mini’s has a blog, but what I mostly like is the making of her dollhouse, which she is showing on her Youtube channel. Have a look!
She spent 11 years on this dollhouse, but isn’t the result fantastic?
Also, you can visit this house in the museum of miniatures called “The mini Time machine” in Tuscon, AZ! Let me know if you have visited!? 🙂
2. Amanda Devon: Spooky Dollhouse transformation.
I don’t think that Amanda Devon is a professional miniaturist, but she could be, seeing her amazing transformation for this cheap dollhouse, turning it into something spooky 🙂
The question is though: why can’t I ever find something like this in the trash, so that I can transform it, lol? 🙂
3. Midnight Crafts: Make A Haunted House Using Trash.
Wow, this dollhouse is completely made from trash, I love it even more, it’s fantastic! I should set this one up on my from trash to treasure items-sections on my site. (have you seen it yet?).
Just look at the video below and be amazed!
4. A Southern Gothic Dollhouse
I have been following this Instagram account for a while now called ‘A Southern Gothic Dollhouse’ and I like it!
This artist creates some peculiar things, like this “skeleton in a bathtub with a dragon tail”.
Or this “dirty and still partly frozen fridge”, I found impressive.
And how about this fantastic miniature scene at an “aged wedding reception”? What an imagination!
5. Gothic Miniatures
I will get more into detail about this artist in my next blog post when I will review her store and others. In the meantime, enjoy a few pictures of her miniature and “spooky” items:-)
6. Nightfall Miniatures: A Gothic Dollshouse
There’s lots more out there, but I think this is it for today. Let’s finish with another great seller on Etsy: Nightfall miniatures 😉
She sells quite a lot of Gothic miniature items and Harry Potter-related minis. I will also be diving deeper into this seller in a future blog post.
Here’s a video of her Gothic dolls house:
7. Donald Leblanc: A Gothic Dollhouse Transformation DIY
Yes, I lied, how about just one more? 🙂
Donald Leblanc made this beautiful transformation of a dollhouse that he bought on Facebook for 10 bucks only. The final result is a Gothic Dollhouse and I love the way people transform things for the better!
My Final Conclusion.
I hope that you enjoyed this blog post on a spooky or aka Gothic dollhouse or miniatures and if you have any questions or something to add, please feel free to comment below or join me now on my Facebook group.
I wish you happy crafting!