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January 28, 1989 - Image 88

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-01-28

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what surprised me the most. The
work itself or the fact that one of our
daughters took the time and effort to
make this work of art for a sister. I was
overwhelmed but it felt good."
"Mother always talked about how
she and dad lived in a small apartment
when they were first married': explains
Patrice, "but it was hard for us to relate
to that. I thought I would create
something for my sister that she could
have permanently to show her
children how she and Mark started out
in their marriage."
Patrice came upon the idea for
making a miniature while visiting an
art fair in the Chicago area. She saw
a miniature bar scene and upon asking
the artist found that something like
that would cost about $1,500.
"I looked at the miniatures on
display and figured I could do it
myself;' says Patrice.
Patrice starting asking her family
and her sister's friends about the plans
her sister and Mark had for setting up
an apartment. Each had their own
apartments. Mark was a third year
student at Michigan State's School of
Medicine and Liz was taking up court
reporting. They were planning to
combine many of their belongings.
"Patrice had been to my
apartment and knew what my wall
unit looked like," explains Elizabeth.
"And she also remembered how my
coffee table looked and replicated a
miniature cluttered with a typewriter,
calculator and magazines. There was
Mark's lite beer in the frig and potato
chips, which we both constantly
munch on, in the cupboard. And there
were photographs of Mark and me,
our cats, and members of our family
hung throughout the living room. The
fish aquarium even lit up just like the
one Mark has."
Patrice took a workshop, called
"Think Small" at a doll house in
Chicago to learn how to make
miniatures and to find sources who
could help her while she was making
the project. For the next four-and-a-
half months, Patrice averaged about
20 hours a week working on the two-
room miniature. Patrice says that the

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