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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.

Daily Mini Interview: Miniature Weapons by Miniature Army

Functional Mini Weapons by Miniature Army

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1imageTell us a bit about Miniature Army. 

We’re located in both Bulgaria and the United Kingdom. We started promoting our brand first and foremost on Instagram and it proved to be a great success for us. In less than 2 months, we had more than 10,000 followers, which was something we did not expect. People liked our products, and this motivated us even more. We’re up to 30,000 followers now and growing!

First miniature weapon memory?

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?