U.S. Ted Head, Amorette Kitsa, designs replica parochial dolls house inspired by the much-loved sitcom, Father Ted, spending nearly a quarter of a century finessing the model.
If you thought the legend of Father Ted couldn’t be more dynamic, think again. Stateside citizen – and Father Ted aficionado – Amorette Kitsa has spent nearly a quarter of a century developing a replica parochial dolls house.
The work, which started in the 90s, has become an ever-evolving passion project by the self-confessed Father Ted fan.
The artist, who has designed food art for television commercials, books and magazines, has also created an AbFab dolls house over the course of her career.
Although, it seems to be the Father Ted model that has captured the attention of audiences worldwide via fan groups and Facebook pages.
‘Let’s see if this works’ – a project started in the 90s
A long-time fan of Father Ted, Kitsa’s plan to create a parochial dolls house came into fruition during the 90s.
She explains, ‘since Father Ted is such niche humour over here [in the United States] and the Internet was somewhat limited at the time, I was really only doing it to make myself laugh.’
Kitsa saw the opportunity to create this shoebox construction on receiving mini-whiskey bottles in a Japanese set of miniatures she had purchased.
‘The dollhouse itself is made from four large, flat shoeboxes. I basically made a big grid of them, taped them together, and went from there.’
‘At the time, it was an informal “let’s see if this works” plan in my head; I never expected this thing to last almost 25 years.’
‘A visual treasure hunt’ – recreating the four most prominent rooms
Offering a bit of a ‘visual treasure hunt’ to Father Ted fans, Kitsa features the four most prominent rooms in the parochial house.
‘The furnishings are a mix of handmade items, older dollhouse odds-and-ends found from second-hand stores, and miniatures from my collection.’
‘I made Ted’s and Dougal’s beds myself and have learned how to paint a lot of questionable stains in corners and behind Father Jack’s chair (that’s furniture polish, for the record).’
The future of the Father Ted dolls house – what we can expect
While this passion project remains ever growing, its maturity poses its own challenges. Kitsa explains, ‘the dollhouse is ageing… [It is] over twenty, anyway. Layout-wise, I’m very happy with it, but the materials don’t always hold up.’
‘The floors are starting to warp a little, and it’s very difficult to dust. The wallpaper, which I mostly had to print myself for accuracy, is beginning to fade a bit.’
She goes on to give us further insight into its production. ‘There are so many materials glued to the walls that it would be a challenge to go back in and swap things out easily.
Fortunately, however, the real Father Ted parochial house had the same rough around the edges approach – just remember ‘Cowboys, Ted!’ So, in a way, Kitsa’s design is nothing less than on-point.
When asked what the future holds for the Father Ted dolls house, Kitsa responds, ‘It’d be nice to do Funland at some point.’ Until then, us Father Ted fans can only look on in awe.