I NEVER CEASE TO BE AMAZED BY THE MANY TALENTED PEOPLE IN OUR FANDOM. HERE YOU CAN SEE AND EVEN PURCHASE, THE WONDERFUL WORK OF JANE FREEMAN. THE SCENE YOU SEE ABOVE IS A SET FROM THE SHOW, BUT WITH A DIFFERENCE! IT HAS BEEN LOVINGLY AND PAINSTAKINGLY CONSTRUCTED IN MINIATURE. THE ATTENTION TO DETAIL IN THIS WORK OF ART IS TRULEY AMAZING
|Jane, with one of her miniatures in the background||Jane, in her studio!|
|CATHERINE'S APARTMENT||THE CAROUSEL|
|I asked Jane what inspired her to create these wonderful works of art. Here is her reply:
What inspired me to construct the sets in the first place was my complete ADORATION and OBSESSION with the themes and characters in Beauty and the Beast. Also, the sets themselves were unlike any I'd ever seen on television--beautiful, complex, symbolic, poetic, imaginative, rich, archetypal. I started with Vincent's Chamber, naturally--and went on from there, until all the sets were made.
These miniatures are mostly 1" (doll house) scale. Some scenes are small and intimate, some quite large. "Catherine's Place" is a tv studio in the round, including various film departments: carpentry, craft service, matte painting, props. It is based on the episode "The Watcher" where Catherine is stalked in her apartment. This diorama is about 36" square and 13" high. I took it to a B&B convention years ago, and the writers of that episode happened to be there. They were amazed by how perfect it was and said they wished they could have used it to work from as they were writing "The Watcher"! I've made miniatures of all the sets from B&B and sell colour postcards of 15 of them.
The post cards available are:
A set of 15 cards includes the story behind the making of each scene. If you are wondering where the dioramas are, I still have most of them here in my studio. Below the City, Father's Study and Vincent's Chamber are built into bookshelves. The others arebuilt into discrete boxes. Breakfast Below is now part of the collection of the Museum of the City of New York. Kristopher's Haunt was bought by a collector from Florida, and Central Park, Winter by a collector from New York. The children's chamber was so big I had to take it apart eventually for lack of space. The DA's office, Catherine's Place, and Gizmos, as well as some others, are for sale. I also have the following scenes that are not available as post cards, but they are available as color laser photocopies. They are:
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