Feel Big Live Small Exhibition at apexart

Feel Big Live Small
organized by Elan Smithee
with an essay by Rachel Nuwer
on view at apexart
now through Saturday, May 17
291 Church Street, New York, NY

A little (mini) excerpt from the press release:

Dioramas and miniatures are used in the field of architecture to preview a vision, in cinema to create a fabricated world, and in workshops as a means for children to process traumatic events. 

Feel Big Live Small explores dioramas and miniatures as well as our fascination with all things small, both as a technical feat and a psychological relationship.

Daily Mini Interview: PetitPlat

Miniatures by PetitPlat

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What does “Petit Plat” mean?
It literally means “Little Plate” in French, but more figuratively translates to “a nice meal.”dailymini-Patisserie_Modern_Framboise

How did you first get started in miniatures?
In the summer of 2007, when still a student, I failed to find a summer job and went to stay with my parents. After two days, I realized I had to spend my time doing something crafty, so I looked on the Internet for a new craft or art of some kind. At that point in time, I had already tried various activities, such as beading, painting, knitting, and drawing. Being creative was a big part of my life.

Daily Mini Interview: little T studio

Miniatures by little T studio

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What types of miniatures do you make these days?
I specialize in making realistic food miniatures which I then turn into all kinds of fun jewelry to wear such as necklaces, earrings, and jewelry clips. I even have a “Gifts for Guys” section in my store where you can find mini food cufflinks and tie clips.

dailymini-interview-littletstudio-photo-CufflinksWaffles1What materials do you use to make your miniatures?
I primarily use high-quality polymer clay. In order to turn a plain little block of clay into something extraordinary, I have tons of random tools that I’ve been collecting for years and years. These help me capture just the right look, shape, style, and texture in my art.

Daily Mini Interview: ChocoMintCandy

Miniatures by ChocoMintCandy

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What types of miniatures do you make?
Right now, I primarily make food miniatures and cute charms. I’m currently considering other kinds of miniatures such as furniture, household items, and more.

chocomintcandy-dailymini-photo1What materials do you use to make miniatures?
I frequently use polymer clay for my miniatures, but sometimes I will use other materials such as paper, metal, and wood.

How long have you been working with miniatures?
From 2010 to 2013, I created super simple miniatures out of air dry clay. In November 2013, I began experimenting with polymer clay which led to much more detailed and smaller miniatures.

Game of Thrones: A Quick, Little Read

A little wordplay below, dedicated to the one true king of Westeros, Mr. George RR Martin.

A little kingdom. A little killing.

A little intrigue. A little incest.

A little direwolf. A little duplicity.

A little boy. A little betrayal.

A little friendship. A little fratricide.

A little night terror. A little morning truth.

A little witch. A little war.

A little wedding. A little weeping.

A little exile. A little escapade.

Daily Mini Interview: Minivenger

Miniatures by Minivenger

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minivenger-dailymini-interview-photo1What types of miniatures do you make?

Right now, I mostly make food and packaging minis in 1:12 scale. Lately, I’ve been creating miniature figures and dioramas.

What materials do you use to make miniatures?

I use polymer clay for food miniatures. I also use all different kinds of materials when I make non-food items.

How long have you been working with miniatures?

I started making miniatures a few years ago but stopped for about a year because of my second pregnancy. This time around, I’ve only been creating for 1 year.

Daily Mini Interview: El Arte de Angelina

Miniatures by El Arte de Angelina

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What types of miniatures do you make these days?

I create a variety of miniature pieces such as sweets and desserts, books, furniture, architecture, crochet, and restoration pieces.

elartedeangelina-dailymini-interview-photo1What different kinds of materials do you use to make your miniatures?

I use what I have around me: paper leftovers, wire, fabric scraps, paints, and more. I support ecological and green design. For miniature food, I’ve discovered that I feel more confident using air-dry clay. Fimo Light is the brand that I’m currently using.

How long have you been working with miniatures?

A little mania for the mini

Least understood by the masses is my preoccupation with all things miniature. Have a little look around to see the big picture.

In hopes of spreading the good word about a great mini, I launched @dailymini on Instagram in the winter of 2012.

The brand has since been met with great enthusiasm and delight by fellow miniacs. I’m fortunate enough to feature a new miniature each day and am thrilled to share my beloved minis with an international audience. I’m most of all humbled by the community’s response and the amazing range of mini submissions received on a daily basis.