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This tiny shop draws the viewer's eye with curiosity. What are those things in the window?
Hat shop built in a roombox made from old books by Kristine Hill

"The Hatmaker" roombox built in a set of books exhibited by Kristine Hill at the Fall 2010 Seattle Dolls House Miniature Show.

Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

Sometimes the best way to engage a viewer is to encourage curiosity. This tiny shop doesn't show its purpose at first glance. It isn't until you take a closer look that you see this is the workbench of a hatmaker, and that there are finished creations tucked into the interior which reward the viewer's interest. You can't go past this little window without taking a closer look to see what it is.

If you have restricted views into a miniature space, try to make some of them push the viewer to explore, rather than instantly flash over your work. As with many things, subtle presentations can be much more effective than the obvious.

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