My first miniature was a roombox where almost everything was made with polymer clay: flowers, pots, the door. My only problem was with furniture: I had no idea how to make it. My first item was a wicker armchair. It was far from perfect, that’s why the first thing I bought after that was a scrollsaw.
One chair is lost, but I still have that very first roombox, though I’ve never taken any photos of it.
I enjoy making furniture, probably because when I started making miniatures, it was the most challenging work. I didn’t know anything about woodworking back then, so every item was very difficult to make, and I only had a scrollsaw and a lathe at the time. Making furniture makes you study lots of things like woodcarving, marquetry and inlay, different decoration techniques, and more. It’s never boring and you can tell a story with every item you make. I also enjoy making bobbin lace in miniature. I don’t have enough time for that, but I don’t want to give up; it’s a beautiful craft.
I’m self-taught, so every item has something new for me. It can be difficult in construction or I need to make a complicated marquetry design. I think the most challenging work was a roombox I made for a museum of art miniatures in the Czech Republic. It was a copy of a painting by Cornelis De Man, and we had to be precise in historical details and the color palette. The whole project took about a year, but it’s one of my favorite works. I’d do something like it again, no doubt.
Who are some of your favorite miniature artisans?
I have lots and lots of names on my mind. My first inspiration was Ferd Sobol‘s fantastic furniture. I could look at the work in progress photos for hours, literally. All those jigs looked fascinating! Then I started building my own, but I still love checking Ferd’s website to check his new work, I wish I had a chance to see it in person. I was lucky once to get an email from him!
Miniatures are universal. Miniaturists from all over the world can appreciate the craft and hard work that goes into creating a universally known object in miniature form.
What’s to come from InchScaled?
On my to-do list is a roombox in Russian style, something that I was hoping to make for years. There will be beautiful decorated windows, furniture, and traditional textiles. I’m inspired by Chekhov short stories and his life. I also want to explore Russian modern furniture style (our Russian art nouveau style) and make my own interpretation of it.
Motto or words you live by?
Dream big, work hard!