The Merryworth Mouse Lady!

Here are just some of the questions about the work and ministry of Tee Bylo and of the stories she weaves from the Parish of St M’s in the Town of Merryworth…

Are the Models Used for the Parish of St M’s ‘Real’ Models?

Yes, they are ‘real’ models! All have been created in 12th scale primarily with the use of MDF, plaster, strip wood, paints, mountboard, papier-mâché, natural foliage and of course with plenty of glue and lots of imagination!

Can I Visit St M’s Parish?

As the models used for St M’s have been on private and public display in the past; there are occasions when they can viewed in person and a message for our Merryworth Guest Book will keep you informed about our studio open-days and forthcoming exhibitions.

What’s the Story Behind the Creation of St M’s Church and the Mouse Parish?

From her earliest memories the artist has always loved exploring our local parish churches and having worked in many of the churches and chapels in and around the historic town of Malton in North Yorkshire on behalf of the Methodist Church – the opportunity to recreate her world in 12th scale was realised.

It could also said to be ‘in the genes’ as many of the artist’s maternal and paternal ancestors were skilled craftsman, architects and stonemasons who designed, restored and built churches throughout the United Kingdom including the Wilson family chapel in Radford and at York Minster.

And as every parishioner, fictional or otherwise needs a ‘little’ something to buy, eat AND love; the creation of St M’s Parish with its impressive huddle of emporiums has been realised too!

Although the models used for St M’s began life in kit form as simple pieces of MDF purchased from several independent dolls’ house suppliers and having ‘tweaked’ the original designs; the creation of these models has been the exclusive work of Tee Bylo.

Does St M’s Follow the Teachings of a Particular Church?

The world of St M’s Parish is inspired by the Church of England ethos and the festivals and holy days are celebrated in accordance with the ecclesiastical calendar; however, the ministry of St M’s remains a unique one.

How Can I Follow the Stories About St M’s?

As well as following the ministry, musings and mishaps from St M’s through the Parish Records and on the Merryworth Chronicles – you can also catch those mice and other assorted parishioners scurrying around on our social media platforms – just look for the #MerryworthMice icons on the home page!

How Can I Learn More About the Work of Tee Bylo?

You can discover more about the artist’s work with a visit to her website and you can also join Tee and enjoy exclusive access to St M’s on the membership site Patreon as she makes the world a better place one mouse at a time!

Tell Me the Inspiration for the Mice from St M’s…

Since the beginning of her work at St M’s in 2010; Tee resisted the idea of using any form of character ‘doll’ as her vision had always been one in which she could ‘set the scene’ with a hint of the human presence and to encourage the visitor to weave the narrative and their sense of understanding about the unfolding tale before them.

However, as her designs continued to evolve, she fell in love with the idea of creating a gang of unique characters who could inhabit the world of St M’s and in 2017 – THOSE church mice appeared and they’ve been scurrying around ever since!

And Your Plans for St M’s Parish?

As there are several models in the design and creation process including the ‘Leaf & Maple Flower Shop’, ‘Merryworth Market’, ‘Mollie’s Tea Room’, Alessa Mia Farm Shop’ and the ‘Hub Barista Church’; there is plenty to keep the artist AND those parishioners busy for some time to come!

And with plans for the ‘Mallow & Teasel Gift Shop’ nearing completion, there will be an opportunity to buy and enjoy a ‘little something’ from the Mouse Parish for yourself or a loved one.

Can I Share the Information and the Images from St M’s Parish on My Website or Blog?

Of course! However, all we ask is that you will remember to fully and accurately credit the artist and her work. Thank you!