Daily Mini Trend: Maria Buonagura on Indian Market

Mini Trend: Indian Market by Maria Buonagura

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Growing up in Brooklyn, Maria was fortunate to travel every August with her family throughout the United States to visit many National Parks and Monuments. Especially during trips to the West and Southwest, she frequently came upon Indian Reservations and crossed paths with Native Americans; she met fascinating people and awed at their beautiful turquoise jewelry, suede moccasins, and beaded belts.

Daily Mini Interview: Miniature Paintings by Bozinatinyart

Bozinatinyart miniature paintings

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What’s your earliest memory with miniatures?

I have been painting miniature all my life. I have always been fascinated with miniature paintings especially antique miniature portrait paintings.

Do you have a background in the arts?

I studied fine art and art history.

What inspires you? What keeps you creating?

I am inspired by nature and the play of light.

What’s the most challenging aspect of your work with miniatures?

I love the challenge of painting small and capturing scenes on a tiny space.

Daily Mini Interview: Miniatures by Susete Saraiva

Horror Miniatures by Susete Saraiva 

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What’s your earliest memory with miniatures?

My mom bought me a miniature tea set as a little girl that I fell in love with. ‘Til this day it’s still one of my favorite keepsakes.

How did you first get started making miniatures?  

I’ve been collecting 7″ figures for years, and with that I began doing toy photography for fun. That hobby slowly led me to the idea of creating miniature props and scale backgrounds/dioramas for more realistic photos. From that point on, I found that my love for miniatures was growing daily and this inspired me to take my ideas down a few scales.

Daily Mini Interview: Little Shop of Miniatures

Little Shop of Miniatures

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What’s your earliest memory with miniatures?

That would be the day my late grandmother presented me with a dollhouse she personally assembled, painted, and wallpapered. My sister got one, too, and it was just the most magical day for us. We had no idea she had this in the works, so the surprise element made it that much more memorable. My grandma was incredible crafty, and she even crocheted miniature rugs for each room.

Daily Mini Update: New Delft Roombox by Robert Off of Miniature Rooms Company

“Vermeer’s Studio – Delft, 1650” by Robert Off

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Robert Off of Miniature Rooms Company just completed a new miniature roombox, entitled “Vermeer’s Studio – Delft, 1650.” This work is 1:12 scale and measures 12” x 24” x 12.” It’s illuminated by more than 20 small LED lights, each individually painted.

Robert Off had been captivated by Johannes Vermeer’s paintings for the past few years: specifically his ability to capture sunlight, use of soft colors, and masterly treatment of of perspective all combine to draw the viewer into his paintings. As one looks at several of his paintings, it becomes clear that most of the scenes were staged and painted by him in the same studio.

Daily Mini Interview: Call of the Small by Christine Ferrara

Call of the Small

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What’s your earliest memory with miniatures?

My earliest memory with miniatures is coming down on Christmas morning as a five year old to a pink and white dollhouse. I was totally surprised and thrilled to have my first house.

How did you first start collecting miniatures? 

I first collected as a child, but then my collecting faded as I became a teenager. My interest in miniatures was reignited as an adult, when I was searching for a dollhouse for my then eight-year-old daughter. I found a very modern house (Villa Sibi), and my husband bought it for me as a surprise for Christmas. That definitely started my obsession.

Daily Mini Interview: WORK, Figuratively Speaking by Derrick Lin

Derrick Lin’s WORK, Figuratively Speaking

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Do you remember the very first miniature-centric scene you staged?

The very first scene I created was when I was so busy at work and my vacation seemed so close and yet so far away. I created a miniature marathon finish line and a miniature guy collapsing right in front of it…

What scale of miniature figures do you primarily work in?

I primarily work in 1:87 (HO) scale.

What is your favorite type of miniature photoshoot to create?  

Daily Mini Interview: Mini Yemek Miniature Food Videos

Mini Yemek 

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What’s your earliest memory with miniatures? 
In my childhood, my mother collected coupons from newspapers and bought me my first dollhouse. I think my interest in miniature objects started like this.

How did you first get started making miniature food that’s edible?

I love watching miniature cooking videos. When I saw that no one from my country had made such videos, I wanted to be the first to do it and I achieved this goal.

Daily Mini Interview: Miniatures by Rachel Growden

Rachel Growden miniatures 

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What’s your earliest memory with miniatures? 

My earliest memory with miniatures is when I was just a kid. I would make tiny pies and sandwiches for my American Girl dolls, using instructions from one of the American Girl craft books. The pies were made with seed beads, felt, and bottle caps. The sandwiches were made with cork board and rubber bands. I loved how the materials mimicked real food.

How did you first get started making miniatures?

Daily Mini Interview: Hobby Builders Supply and miniatures.com

Get to know the teams behind Hobby Builders Supply and miniatures.com 

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So, tell us, who’s the family behind miniatures.com and Hobby Builders Supply?