Daily Mini Exclusive: dailymini Nominated for Webby Award

dailymini Named Nominee for 22nd Annual Webby Awards

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The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences has recognized dailymini as a Nominee for the 22nd Annual Webby Awards in the Social Media category of “Weird.”

This nomination spotlights dailymini as one of the five best in the world in its category (and among the top 10% of all work entered).

With over 13,000 entries from all 50 United States and over 70 countries, and 3 million votes in Webby People’s Voice, the 22nd Annual Webby Awards was the biggest in history.

Daily Mini Interview: Shay Aaron Miniatures and TV Set Design

Shay Aaron’s Work on a New Israeli TV Show

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Miniature maker Shay Aaron has been busy the past few months. He’s been designing sets, accessories, and props for a new show on Israeli TV network KAN, called מדינת הגמדים. It’s based off of the British series, “Newzoids” and features miniatures and 3D-printed dolls in the odd scale of 1:5. The team is using some 1:6 scale miniatures as well.

מדינת הגמדים is on air now!

Daily Mini Interview: My Petite Art by Ryan Terry

Ryan Terry of My Petite Art

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mini2How did you first get into miniatures?

I first got interested in miniatures by accident, literally! I have always been interested in art, producing traditional portraits for friends, family, work colleagues without any huge success. Then in 2006, I injured my lower back doing some gardening and was out of work for a considerable length of time. During my rehab, I was listening to the radio when a story of a miniaturist artist, Dave Williams, was aired.

Daily Mini Interview: Littlest Sweet Shop by Nadia Michaux

Littlest Sweet Shop

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What’s your earliest memory with miniatures?

I had a dollhouse when I was really young, and it had all this teeny, tiny furniture; I loved it! It was one of my favorite toys growing up. Of course I had the early Polly Pockets which is a whole miniature world.

How did you first get started making miniatures? 

Daily Mini Feature: Hobby Builders Supply and miniatures.com Announce Winners of 24th Annual Creatin’ Contest

2017 Creatin’ Contest Winners

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Hobby Builders Supply/miniatures.com, manufacturer and wholesaler of quality dollhouse components since 1975, has announced the winners from its 2017/24th Annual Creatin’ Contest. The recently completed contest centered around the Craftsman Cabin. There were nearly 100 entrants from 32 states, Canada, and the Netherlands. More than 50 percent were first time entrants. They used their imagination to create many different designs, with the most popular being houses, camps or retreats, restaurants or cafés, and retail businesses.

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.