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Daily Mini Interview: Miniatures by Malcolm Kenter

MKMiniatures by Malcolm Kenter

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img_2978How did you start making miniatures?

I always wanted to be a painter, or a fine artist to some extent, so I’d dabbled and flirted with many different mediums over the years. I was living in a house with a bunch of friends and we would all collaborate on little projects together. My friend George Crampton makes amazing paintings of cars and freeways and cool psychedelic blighted cityscapes. We would brew a pot of coffee, listen to records, and work on art together on our days off. We share a mutual love and pride in our city and the way it looks and operates. The way he would paint and our shared interest in our subject matter is what originally got the spark going for me to make miniatures.

Daily Mini Interview: Miniatures and More by L. Delaney

A Little Bit of Everything from L. Delaney

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IMG_8265What’s your earliest memory with miniatures?

I was hanging out with Barbie and Polly Pocket long past the point of it being cool. I especially enjoyed creating worlds for them in our parents’ basement. My sister and I also loved paper dolls. Now all of my miniature show display stuff sits in Barbie’s old corner of the basement. The thought of that makes me smile.

Daily Mini Interview: Miniature Scenes by The Ashley Palmer Project

Miniature Scenes and More by The Ashley Palmer Project

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What’s your earliest memory with miniatures?

Going to Michael’s in NJ and wandering around the dollhouse section while my mom was shopping for something else. I just remember thinking they were the coolest things and throwing fits because my parents wouldn’t let me have one.

How did you first get started making bespoke miniature gardens?

Daily Mini Interview: A Miniature World with Binnie Klein

A Miniature World with Binnie Klein

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mermaidWhat are your earliest memories with miniatures?

When I was a child, and saw the first film adaptation of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, I was immediately smitten with lonely Laura and her collection of small glass animals. The gentleman caller’s accidental breakage of her prized glass unicorn while they danced in the sitting room seemed the perfect metaphor for the fragility of pleasure. I think miniatures remind us of that.

What was your first miniature? 

Daily Mini Interview: Miniatures by Claymenu

Miniatures and More by Claymenu

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image_1What’s your earliest memory with miniatures?

It was at school when a teacher asked us to make a dollhouse at home. I used a shoe box, affixed everything inside with scotch tape, and thought it was okay. The next day, I saw the house of my classmate. Her mother was an architect and made everything herself, in a simple way, but the details were still so accurate that I became envious and stole a plastic rabbit from it.

What is your favorite type of miniature to make? 

Daily Mini Interview: Miniature Scenes by Benjamin Affagard

Miniatures by Benjamin Affagard

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Tell us a bit about yourself.

I was born in Harfleur (France) and grew up in Le Havre. I continued my studies on the French Riviera in Nice and now I currently live and work in Caen. I began the practice of graffiti art in the 2000s, attracted by the history of art. For nine years, I held a workshop for the framing of paintings, which helped me gain DIY skills to create any kind of unusual objects to satisfy customers.

How you get started making miniatures?

Daily Mini Exclusive: Gulliver’s Gate Sneak Peek

Gulliver’s Gate Miniature World in Times Square, NYC

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A massive mini attraction is coming to Times Square in a matter of weeks. At an impressive 49,000 square feetGulliver’s Gate is an interactive, immersive world of miniatures unlike any other. A full city block wide, this fantastical world of 1:87 scale (HO scale) miniatures will open to the public on Tuesday, April 4. A grand opening is slated for Tuesday, May 9.

Miniature fans can now enjoy an early bird online discount of 40% now through March 15. To purchase your preview ticket to Gulliver’s Gate, click here.

Daily Mini Interview: Gothwik Miniature World

Gothwik Miniature World and Diorama Scenes

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img_1188-copyTell us a bit about Gothwik and this project.

Are you a misfit? Do you wish there was a place you could go to find your tribe? Do you think darkness is downright dreamy?

If you do, then, Gothwik is for you! It’s inhabited by a host of benevolent monsters, oddballs, and beasts. It’s a place where all those that feel lost are welcome and no bones are given about who you are or what you are. A place where you can let your hair (or fur) down!

Daily Mini Interview: Miniatures by Sadie Brown of Homewardflight

Homewardflight Miniatures by Sadie Brown

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luxuryeastereggWhat’s your earliest memory with miniatures?

That would be being completely fascinated by the lights in my first dollhouse which, I only realized in recent years, was a Lundby. Wish I still had it!

How did you first get started making miniatures?

It’s something I’ve loved pretty much as long as I’ve been able to think! As a child, the new Dolls House Emporium catalog arriving through the letterbox (in the days before the Internet!) was a highlight in the calendar! I was so intrigued by all the tiny things and I have, to this day, a beautiful dollhouse built for me by my late uncle.

Daily Mini Interview: Mini Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas

Spare Parts’ MINI ART MUSEUM

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1069908_298116823665996_1871204431_nTell us a bit about San Antonio’s Creative Reuse Art Organization and its mission.

Spare Parts’ purpose is unprecedented in San Antonio. It is the leader in reuse education through the arts without a home. We are actively fundraising for a space to be a full-time effort in our community. We are a volunteer-led organization. One of the objectives of Spare Parts is accessibility to the arts. This is where the MINI ART MUSEUM (MAM) comes in. Spare Parts founded the MINI ART MUSEUM in 2013 to bring the fine arts museum experience to schools and the community world wide, especially in areas where there are few art opportunities.