Daily Mini Interview: Kiva’s Miniatures

Kiva’s Miniatures

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How did you first get started in miniatures?

When I lived in San Francisco, I started collecting unusual dolls on a whim. From there, I discovered the magical world of miniatures… all the accessories, and miniature food! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy mother built me two dollhouses and I packed them to the brim. One day, I picked up a couple bars of clay and thought I’d give food making a go. It soon became a total obsession. I’ve since been making miniatures for about twelve years.

What materials do you use to make your miniatures?

Polymer clay: the firmer, the better. Kato is my favorite, then Fimo Classic.

Advice for beginner miniaturists?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Books and tutorials are great for learning some basics and useful techniques, but take that knowledge and run with it. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Also, there is nothing better than studying the real thing, so look at pictures of real food!

Tool or material you can’t live without?

I love my needle tools and ball styli. Also, liquid clay and chalks.

Favorite mini you own by another artist?

I have received wonderful gifts from super talented artists. It’s difficult to narrow it down!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat inspires you?

Cooking shows, cookbooks, food magazines… even walking through the market gives me inspiration. My wacky creations really come from my rather twisted sense of humor.

Fellow miniaturists that inspire you?

When I first started out, and was discovering artists’ work, what really fascinated me was the work of a Chinese artist (whose name escapes me right now). At the time, she was just about the only person making things other than the “usual” fare. She was making actual Chinese cuisine! At the time, it was a real novelty. I enjoy seeing people make food that you just don’t find every day.

What is the most memorable miniature you have ever come across?

This is a tough one. Off the top of my head, the work of a Japanese artist named Takanori Aiba is simply mind blowing. I mean, downright scary!FruitBasket

Why miniatures?

I’ve always been fascinated by tiny things, ever since I was a little girl. I used to do intricate, tiny drawings… even my handwriting is small! I love seeing my work come to life in my customer’s creations.

Other activities you enjoy?

I watch a lot of cooking competition shows! When I’m not tied down to my pile of clay, I love going out to eat because Hawaii really is a melting pot of different ethnic foods. Other than that, I don’t have much time for anything else!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Anything else you would like to add?

Yes, I am a little bit nuts, it’s true!

Kiva Atkinson makes her miniatures come to life from her home in Honolulu, Hawaii. If you want to see more of her wacky and whimsical creations, head on over to her website, blog or Flickr.