Daily Mini Interview: Miniatures by Alamedy Diorama

Miniatures by Alamedy Diorama

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InstagramHow did you first get started in miniatures? 

My story with the miniatures started when I was very young. I started reading at the age of 5 and that enhanced my imagination a lot. Since then, I always dreamed of making scenes that I had previously imagined in a small scale. Six years ago, I found by chance some kind of Balsa wood and immediately I decided to build my first project. It was a small farm scene. I searched the Internet for some help, but I didn’t know what it was called. Finally, I found the word “miniatures” and I was so happy to know that there are a lot of miniaturists around the world. I started to make friendships with these artisans and gradually my work began receiving attention. I started a Facebook account two years ago, and now I have more than 5,000 friends and followers from all around the world.

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Keep doing what you love to do and never let the lack of material and resources let you down. You should be creative in how to distort things to reach your needs. When I started making dioramas, I didn’t know even the word “diorama,” because it’s something I didn’t see in my country before. I worked so hard to do what I loved and didn’t let the lack of materials and resources let me down. For any miniaturists that need advice or help, I’m always on Facebook available to answer questions and I also make tutorials for beginners.

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Favorite mini you have made?

My favorite project has been the Children’s Room because it takes me back to my childhood memories.

11016108_336963496499490_9034253643904727127_nWho are some of your favorite miniaturists?

I would love to have miniatures from Japanese miniaturist Ichiyo Haga and Lucy Maloney, who makes scale reproductions of pet dogs.

What inspires you?

I get inspiration from everyone, everywhere. Before I start any project, I extensively research what I want to build. My taste is international and I haven’t build any local projects yet, mostly urban scenes and rusty place. I love to show rusty things and aged wood.

CaasdasptureAs I mentioned before, when I started out, I didn’t know that there was something called “dioramas” or “miniatures.” I didn’t have any tools or materials for making miniatures, but my passion to do those mini scenes pushed me to morph what I had to fit my work. I use plaster of Paris, aluminum foil, plastic rods and whatever I have in home.

After 6 years of work, I’m making tutorials and how-to videos to help people who love to make miniatures but don’t have access to a lot of resources.

What is the most memorable miniature you have ever seen?

The work of Charles Matton always amazes me and I always enjoy looking at it.

New minis in the works?

I’m working on a vintage photography studio in 1:12.

Alamedy Diorama is the brainchild of Ali Alamedy. Originally from Iraq, Ali has worked and lived in Dubai, Cairo, Beirut, and Istanbul. He currently lives in Sakarya, Turkey. Check out more of his marvelous miniatures on the Alamedy Diorama website, and follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Behance and Pinterest.

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