Daily Mini Interview: Miniatures by Nagihan Seker Yardim

Miniatures by Nagihan Seker Yardim of Nsycreation and Miniaturesbynsy

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What’s your earliest memory with miniatures?

Miniature food charms.

How did you first get started creating miniatures? 

I have always had a passion for tiny things. It all started with my cousin saying that she bets I could craft miniatures since I was always crazy with art. And here I am today.

Do you remember the very first miniature you ever made? 

I think it was a cake or a cupcake. I love giving presents so unfortunately I don’t have it. But I keep photos.

What is your favorite type of miniature to create?

I actually like all sorts of miniatures. But I must say that crafting flowers made me realize the beauty of creating, as I had a chance to examine flowers in detail.

What is the most challenging miniature to make?

The word challenging may differ from one to another. I am a perfectionist and will force myself to create something over and over again until I have got the best result I could get. So I think anything I sculpt gets tricky in its own way.

What advice would you give to new artists and beginner miniaturists? 

I’d share all the tools and materials and how they could have made my day easier. I had to do a lot of investigating beforehand. I wish I didn’t have to search all day and had more time to sculpt.

As an artist, who is crafting with clay, good advice would be to try different types of clays to start. The flexibility is very important after your work has baked or dried.

Favorite miniature you own by another artist or have made yourself? 

My Alice in Wonderland collection. And traditional Turkish food.

What inspires you? 

I always thought that I concentrated on details of every object I saw but after starting to craft miniatures, I saw that there was so much more than what a human being can actually see. So my passion keeps growing.

Most memorable miniature you’ve seen?

The most unique I’ve seen so far is the miniature dioramas using everyday items

What is your hope for the field of miniatures? 

I hope that one day there will be an opportunity for miniaturists to work in an actual job where we can be more useful for others. If more miniature courses were open, I believe we could keep this industry alive.

Favorite miniature artisans? 

What is the miniature scene like in Turkey? 

Unfortunately, it’s not yet realized or seen as a field of art. It was so hard for me at the start to find materials in Turkey so I did double investigation on the topic. I believe I have a good knowledge after all that research.

What would you like to see replicated in miniature? 

I think many things are done. Concentrating more on what can be done to improve this field, is more efficient.

What’s to come from Nagihan Yardim? 

Anything that needs decorating, my mind is continuously there. I am so enthusiastic with art that I very much enjoy creating from scratch. My interest for miniature things has always been there waiting for me to commence NSY creations.

A little hint of my new projects coming up: “the beauty of creation” and “how possibly can it be.”

Words you live by?

Leave a little sparkle everywhere you go!

Train your mind to see the good in people. Always remember that the good you find in others is a reflection of the good in yourself.

Favorite miniature quote? 

Create a big world with a little touch.

Other activities you enjoy? 

I just love getting involved in all sorts of art; paper works, sculpturing, sewing, painting, drawing, woodwork, quilling, marbling and many, many more…

Would you like to share a dailymini exclusive with readers? 

In the following video you can see my work which I had created for a museum in NYC about two years ago. I worked with a company called KiwiMill. All the food supplies were crafted by myself.

A look back at a project from one year ago. Have you visited this museum yet?

Posted by KiwiMill on Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Nagihan Seker Yardim currently lives in Melbourne, Australia and is originally from Turkey. Her miniature brands are Nsycreation and Miniaturesbynsy. To see more of her work, take a look at the nsycreation blog and shop new minis on Miniatures by NSY Etsy. Make sure to follow along on InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest too!