Judeé Williamson comes to miniatures by way of theater costume design. She has lived most of her life in Michigan with her husband and four (now grown) sons, moving to Arizona in 1987. Discovering miniatures in the early 1970's, she gained fame quickly with her original furniture, room and house designs in one-inch and ½-inch scale. Her sense of style and her realistic techniques with fabrics and dolls have set some high standards for the craft ever since.
Judeé is well known for teaching her creations in classes, originally in Michigan, and now throughout the United States. She is best known for her “Canopy Bed,” and has made an estimated 1,000 of them. In 1985, she wrote “Judeé's Beds” and made a video tape on the bed and other classes so others could make her projects. Her unique style has placed her work in museums all over the world. In 1980, she was asked to lecture at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC and made a presentation on a house made for clients from Saudi Arabia – hence it's name, The “Saudi House.”
Judeé has designed a number of kits and tools currently on the market. In the late 1970's, she designed a Wing Chair class for which kits are still available; and designed the original Break-Away Roombox now used widely in the craft. About 1974, she did the original design work on making wicker furniture in miniature and taught it to many craftsmen who are still making wicker. Her original techniques in drapery were developed in the late 1970's and are still the standard of realism for the craft. In 1985, Judeé made three video tapes (The Canopy Bed, The Mannequin, and the Dressing Table and Chaise Lounge) for MiniGraphics and designed the kits that go with them. About the same time, she also designed “Judeé's Bowmaker.” In 1986, MiniGraphics used Judeé's “Sunken Living Room” on the cover of their advertising booklet, with the plans and instructions for it as an insert. In 1992, she designed “Judeé's TasselMaker.”
Judeé formed a partnership with Nicole Walton Marble in 1985 under the business name of Williamson Walton Marble. Since then, they have traveled the US and the Caribbean on the Nutshell News MiniCruise, doing shows and teaching the classes they have designed.
Judeé is an Artisan in the International Guild of Miniature Artisans, and has been a member of the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts for many years. She is honored by having a slide presentation of her work from the early 1970's through 1985 in the archives of NAME, which is available to all NAME clubs.
Nicole Walton Marble, now an Arizona resident, has spent most of her life in California. Nicole has had a varied career having been a housewife, worked as a library assistant, as a zoo keeper in Ft. Worth, Texas and Los Angeles, California, a manager of several pet stores, and then as a designer and craftsman in stained glass. Drawn to miniatures in the early 1970's, Nicole specialized in Windsor chairs and related English and American period furniture, and normally works in one-inch and ½-inch scales, but has also made French and Windsor pieces in ¾-inch, 1 ½-inch and two-inch scales.
After forming Williamson Walton Marble with Judeé Williamson in 1985, Nicole has been able to explore many furniture styles, working both in hardwoods and gilt. The styles include Chinese Ming styles, French Louis XV furniture, French Provincial, high Victorian, fantasy furniture, Stickley, and any other styles that look interesting. She also enjoys wood and ivory carving, and has made carousel carvings in both mediums and in various scales. Nicole has been a full-time professional miniature maker since 1987.
Nicole has taught furniture classes for many years. Now that Judeé and Nicole are partners in their work and in classes, they travel and teach classes all over the United States, and on the Mini Cruise. Nicole and Judeé have also been developing various new kits and tools.
Nicole is an Artisan in the International Guild of Miniature Artisans, and has been a member of the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts, for many years.
Reprinted from "A Reference Guide to Miniature Makers Marks" ISBN: 0-9644481-0-6
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