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Daily Mini Interview: Miniatures by Emmanuel Nouaillier

Miniatures by Emmanuel Nouaillier

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How did you first get started making miniatures?

I remember building kits of airplanes when I was around 10 years old. Then I moved to really historical themes with armored vehicles and figures.

At this period in time, I started to learn methods of aging by master modelers and, at the same time, my focus slowly switched to what I call the urban landscape from old times (1940s to early 70s), as well as traces that remain nowadays. I thus oscillate between nostalgia and sensitivity regarding to an era which is no more.

Daily Mini Interview: Miniatures by Midhun.R. R

Miniatures by Midhun.R. R

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What’s your first memory with miniatures?

I got state first for miniature rocket model making conducted by VSSC (NASA) in 2010.

What’s your favorite kind of miniature to make? 

I like all kind of artwork. I love to experiment and explore new things.

What inspires you?

I am a self taught artist and being a father is my inspiration.

What other activities do you enjoy?

Daily Mini Interview: Miniatures by Tiziana Candito

Miniatures by Tiziana Candito

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009How did you start making miniatures?

My miniatures were born after an evolution with polymer clay, which gives me a lot of hours (years) of satisfaction. Mainly, I use it to make costume jewelry, but at a certain point, I felt the need to make something else. In researching how to make jewelry on the Web, I discovered how many things are possible to make with polymer clay.

Daily Mini Trend: Maria Buonagura on Mini Handbags

Mini Trend: Mini Handbags

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Hermès mini handbag

With much of the world finally recognizing the beauty and artistry for all things small, last fall the fashion industry—in all its fickleness—previewed what trendy women will be wearing this Summer of 2017.

Large luxury houses such as Valentino, Fendi and Hermès had models walking the European runways with the most captivating and intricately-designed mini handbags.

Get the look in miniature from Phillip Nuveen!

Daily Mini Interview: Designer Dog Miniatures by Dogartist Lucy Francis

Designer Dog Miniatures by Lucy T. Francis

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What’s your earliest memory with miniatures?

I actually used to make plastic model dogs for my Barbie dolls when I was still a child. My first miniature work that I still make today started in the late 1990s.

How did you first get started making miniatures? 

I first started making the little furred dogs to create one for my parents that lost their little Yorkie. I have always been more interested in dogs than anything else.

Daily Mini Interview: Miniatures by Barbara Ann Meyer of mini-gems

Miniatures by Barbara Ann Meyer of mini-gems

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What’s your earliest memory with miniatures?

Making a miniature sculpted 3D picture of flower arrangements for a girl scout competition when I was 11.

How did you first get started making miniatures?

My mom was into different crafts and had my sisters and I work with her. We first made jewelry and craft items and sold in flea markets, and eventually art fairs. Then a miniature shop owner saw our miniature apple earrings and wanted to sell them in her shop. We sold wholesale to her, and eventually started selling in miniature shows. That was about 40 years ago.

Daily Mini Feature: Miniature-In-Frame Painting by MayLina

Miniature-In-Frame Painting by Anastasiya Ivanova and Slava Krykanov of MayLina

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The team over at MayLina have done it again. They recently created a “miniature-in-frame” painting concept you have to see to believe. This 3D painting features handmade miniatures in a beautifully designed scene. Their first featured miniature-in-painting, titled French Morning, is available for purchase now through Etsy. Next up? A hippie girl morning scene!

Daily Mini Interview: The Asian Oasis House by Torie Zalben

Torie Zalben’s Asian Oasis House

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Tell us a bit about yourself.

I was born in Los Angeles, California. I attended Loyola Marymount University majoring in Film and TV and later studied at NYU where I received an MA in Video Art and Media. My current art practice focuses on arranging miniatures and experimental digital photography.

What’s your earliest memory with miniatures?

Daily Mini Interview: Mostly Miniature

Mostly Miniature by Steph Wallace

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mini-succulentHow did you first get started making miniatures? 

My mini adventures began fairly recently in 2015. Like many mini makers I have a long-lived affection for things made small and mine was rekindled whilst visiting the famous Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House at Windsor Castle, London. It is a miraculous object and in the dim light of its exhibiting room a tiny fire inside me was lit. On returning home I bought my first house and began to build.

Daily Mini Exclusive: Real Tiny DIY by eHow

Real Tiny DIY Videos by eHow Featuring Mini Materials

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Tell us a bit about the concept behind the eHow series Real Tiny DIY.

Jerri Farris, Senior Director of eHow Content: Like so many people, we’re captivated by the tiny food videos, especially Tastemade’s Tiny Kitchen. Tiny DIY seemed like a natural evolution but every idea we came up with was extremely labor intensive until we discovered Mini Materials. When we saw the miniature concrete blocks and lumber, we knew exactly how we could go tiny. We call the series Real Tiny DIY because, although we produce the projects in miniature scale, the very same methods can be used to create the project in full size.