Daily Mini Interview: Miniature Architectural Sculptures by Chisel & Mouse

Chisel & Mouse Create Architectural Sculptures in Miniature

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CHISEL-AND-MOUSE-9How did Chisel & Mouse come to be?

We [Robert and Gavin] ran a software company for 10 years and became disillusioned by corporate life. We took a year out, drew a ‘mind map’ and came up with Chisel & Mouse. Gavin has always been a keen model maker and I wanted to use 3D printers (which we use in our prototyping). We shared a passion for architecture and both wanted to make a something. Architectural sculptures met all of our requirements.

Daily Mini Interview: Creative Miniature Photoshoots by Beaver Suit

Beaver Suit’s Unique Miniature Photography

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beaversuit1Where did the idea for Beaver Suit come from?

Just a twinkle in a little brain cell that came to fruition as all creatives will understand! More than his character, I hope to show what living in the moment is all about. Beaver Suit does everyday things and enjoys them all. He is very Zen I suppose! What is also important to me is that he makes a smile happen, even for a very brief moment!

How many Beaver Suit characters are there in total?

Daily Mini Interview: InchScaled Miniatures

InchScaled Miniatures by Victoria Morozova

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15332179993_96158e0a92_oDo you remember the very first miniature you ever made? 

My first miniature was a roombox where almost everything was made with polymer clay: flowers, pots, the door. My only problem was with furniture: I had no idea how to make it. My first item was a wicker armchair. It was far from perfect, that’s why the first thing I bought after that was a scrollsaw.

One chair is lost, but I still have that very first roombox, though I’ve never taken any photos of it.

Daily Mini Interview: Karon Cunningham Miniatures

Karon Cunningham Miniatures

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Minatures-15How did you first get started working with miniatures?

I only discovered them around 10 years ago when I bought a souvenir and gifts shop in the Georgian city of Bath in England. There was a tiny cabinet of children’s miniatures which I assumed was just another gift line.

A chance meeting with an author of miniature books, who was visiting my shop one day, introduced me to a friend who had been interested in miniatures for over 30 years and has the most exquisite collection I have ever seen. From that moment on, I was hooked. I am a self confessed miniature addict!

Daily Mini Interview: Totally Handmade Miniatures

Totally Handmade Miniatures 

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DSC_0281 (2)What’s your earliest memory with miniatures?

The first miniature I ever made was a slice of watermelon when I was 5 years old. My auntie used to make ceramic flowers out of an air drying dough she used to make herself. She used to give me pieces of the dough to create miniatures while she made flowers. I loved her work and creativity, and she inspired me to work with clay and be creative.

How did you first get started making miniatures? How has your work evolved?

Daily Mini Interview: Miniatures by Megan Hess

Miniatures by Megan Hess

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IMG_0160What’s your earliest memories with miniatures?

I think miniatures have always been a part of my life in one way or another. As a very young girl I can remember loving the feeling of holding something small in my hand. One of my earliest memories as a child was catching a teeny, tiny frog and trying to talk my mother into letting me keep it. She wasn’t persuaded.

How did you first get started making miniatures?

Daily Mini Interview: Miniature Lighting Designs by Lighting Bug Ltd.

Lighting Bug Ltd. Makers of Dollhouse Lights and Miniature Lighting

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660What’s your earliest memory with miniatures?

We moved to Hawaii when I was six and my parents bought us a top opening Hawaiian-style ranch house. Although it was 1:12 scale, over the years the five of us made it home to Barbies, G.I. Joes, Lone Rangers, and all their friends. The house was given away long ago but I still have some furniture, lighting, and accessories.

How did you first get started working with miniatures? Where does the interest in miniature lighting design stem from?

Daily Mini Interview: Miniature Designs by Tom Lynall

Tom Lynall’s Miniature Jewelry Designs and Pencil Carvings 

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10453087_739859586055450_4850438126037476385_oTell us a bit about your background in jewelry design.

I have wanted to be a jeweler for my entire life; since I was about 4 specifically. I never really wanted to do anything else or experiment with anything career-wise. My dad’s a jeweler and he would take me to his shop, give me little jobs to do when I was a kid. I’ve loved it ever since then. I left school at age sixteen to immediately start training with another jeweler. After a few years, I left that jeweler, and would frequent my dad’s shop to create tiny models for fun. Eventually, I became qualified to work alongside my father, and I can officially say I’ve been a jeweler for twelve years now.

Daily Mini Interview: Paper Miniatures by Jon Frier

Miniatures in Paper by Jon Frier

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IMG_5145How did you first get started making paper miniatures? Where does the interest stem from?

Oddly enough, my model-making stems more from an interest in (obsession with) aviation rather than my art background. I have a relative who is a WWII veteran. He was a Navy pilot and when I was younger, he told me about the planes he flew and all the experiences he had in the war. One day I was trying to figure out how to fold paper airplanes that looked like real planes, and I realized that I could do more than just fold the paper. I grabbed some cardboard and tape and scissors, and I made my first model plane. That was probably around 8th grade, and I’ve been honing the craft ever since. Until recently, I had only made model aircrafts.