Daily Mini Interview: Miniature Sculptures by Ryan Monahan

Miniature Scenes and More by Ryan Monahan

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PayphoneWhat’s your earliest memory with miniatures?

Honestly, I think the earliest memory I have is visiting a family friend’s house where they had a scale model of their home. It blew my little mind; I recall running around checking if they included all the details like the garden hose or the house number… I really was fascinated. I had to be about 8 or 9 years old, I’m guessing.

How did you first get started making miniatures yourself?

I really kind of fell into making miniatures. I’ve been a fine artist most of my life doing everything from pencil to paint on paper and what not, but was growing bored with the same 2-D art. Truth be told, I only made my first real miniature sculpture a few months ago. For me I think the interest partially stems from growing up such a toy freak, I used to make mini dioramas out of foam for my action figures and hotels for my Treasure Trolls.

SewerWhat miniature projects are you currently working on? 

I’m currently working on my third piece in a new series I’m putting together of different seedy storefronts that have some weird connection to my past. My current project is a bar next to a tattoo shop in a less than friendly neighborhood, let’s just say. The sculpture is based on my experiences, years ago, being a tattoo artist in Rochester, NY.

My technique is pretty all over the place, I use mostly found objects and repurposed items. By default, I have become a hoarder! I try to make everything myself including all the advertisements and signage; that was a nice way to incorporate my Graphic Design background.

Most of my building structures are made out of foam, chip board, plaster and plastic, then finished off with several layers of paint and weathering techniques.

What cities have you created miniature replicas from? We saw a miniature building from Miami, Arizona.

Actually the church in Miami, AZ is the only replica of a building so far, the other projects have been fictitious locations that were created by me. I plan to do a few more local to Chicago locations though once I finish this current series.


What’s the most challenging aspect of your miniature making? 

For me, it’s the overall composition of my pieces; I tend to want to crop my view point to give a little more interest for the viewer. I always like when things are thoughtfully cropped, as a viewer you look at it and it just feels right. Aside from that… padlocks, the size of a half grain of rice; I need better tweezers!

FrontDoorWhat advice would you give to new artists miniaturists? 

Well since I’m still getting started myself, I feel I’m constantly learning and looking at everything with a miniature eye. If I had to give advice to another person just like me, I would say, make what you see, not what you think you see. Really take the time to study the nitty-gritty, the stuff that everyone disregards at first glance, that is what you need to remember to include.

Favorite miniature prop you’ve made for one of your miniature scenes?

My favorite miniature prop I’ve made has been a small 10 gallon bucket with some newspapers and beer can sitting around it. I used a hairspray cap, paperclip and masking tape to create it. The beer cans were painted capacitors from an old computer microchip board. Great fun!

Trash-1Favorite miniaturists you’d like to mention?

I really love the works of miniaturist Alan Wolfson, the amount of elaborate depth that he puts into his pieces is fantastic. I am inspired to create that amount of detail and depth every time I look at his work. I’m a big fan of Randy Hage as well. He is really one of the reasons I thought I wanted to give building miniature environments a try.

What is the most memorable miniature you have ever seen?

I’d say anything from Alan’s Subway series. I love how he creates the different views of street level and the subway level. No crack or bolt is left out.

Signs-PostersWhat inspires you?

I am inspired by everything around me. I pretty much am surrounded by art 24/7, so I like to think I have a bottomless well of inspiration, provided I don’t get in my own way!

What is your hope for the field of miniatures? 

Since I’m the new kid in town, I’m not too sure how to answer this! All I know is I want to be a part of the miniature future! I would love to take this hobby and new found love and make a career of it someday.

What would you like to see replicated in miniature that you have not yet seen?

It would be really cool to see a miniature tree house; that has been on my to do list for a while.

PalletWhy miniatures? 

Making miniatures was the first art I tried where I had no problem taking my sweet time. I love the challenge of not missing any detail.

New miniatures in the works?

I’m constantly cooking up something!

Since I’m so new to this, I want to try and complete a small body of work to try and get something in a gallery setting. I’ve never had any work in in a gallery before, that’s on my to do list too!

Motto you live by?

Produce, produce, produce. I constantly tell myself to be making something, whether a doodle or a miniature replica of a toilet.

RailingOther activities you enjoy?

I do a lot of drawing and hand drawn lettering, My 9-5er is as a Graphic Designer, so I’m constantly bouncing between fine art and design. The computer and I have a love hate relationship. I’d rather be picking paint and glue out of my fingernails over sitting behind a computer any day.

I collect loads of toys from the 80s and 90s, spend time with my fiancé, and watch Back to the Future entirely too often.

What do you want miniature enthusiasts to know about you?

I can’t wait to see and learn as much as I can on this great new mini adventure I’m starting!

Want to see what Ryan Monahan has created this week? Check out his Instagram account today! To see more of his work, head on over to his website.

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?

Currently seven that I know of… but he has lots of friends, birds, insects, and more!

beaversuit5Do you ever take Beaver Suit on the road with you?

I’m not keen on taking Beaver Suit out of his element, as the one I live in is very big!

Anything you’ve learned about photography through your work with Beaver Suit?

I’m certainly not a photographer and I am always learning better ways of capturing Beaver Suit doing what he does.

What types of Beaver Suit photography shots are the most challenging for you?

I enjoy the process so much that I don’t find it challenging, just a matter of problem solving I suppose.

beaversuit4Do you have an affinity towards miniatures? 

I do! From a very young age I have been an artist and maker. I also created my own small characters from many different mediums.

What’s something about Beaver Suit that people don’t know?

What a great question! He is 4 inches tall, likes dessert a lot, and is a Libra.

What inspires you?

Many things! By just opening my eyes and looking around, slowing down, and paying attention, I am never uninspired.

What is the most memorable miniature you have ever seen?beaversuit2

Haha, I would say Beaver Suit!

What’s to come from Beaver Suit?

Christmas should be a fun time around the old Beaver Pond, and a few other celebrations are in the works!

Advice for beginner artists?

Advice for artists and everyone: Play a lot. Laugh a lot. Don’t worry a lot!

Other activities you enjoy?

As with Beaver Suit, I play the ukulele, paint, draw, sculpt, sew, knit, and more! He is a bit of an athlete and a cook… which I am not!

Beaver Suit and his creator both live in Canada! Did you know that the beaver is the national animal of Canada? Follow Beaver Suit’s adventures on Instagram!


Daily Mini Interview: Miniatures by Thamer Alcigeary

Miniatures by Thamer Alcigeary

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CS6garlWUAEwZrOWhat’s your earliest memory with miniatures?

At first I was watching stop motion animated movies. I liked the rooms, all the places and small things, so I started working in miniatures.

I started working on miniatures in July 2014. I’ve developed my skills quite a bit over the past year, but I don’t sell any of my miniatures.CR2ttKuWwAARme5

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by old rooms.

What is the most memorable miniature you have ever seen?

I enjoy miniatures with a lot of details; there are many good artists creating miniatures now. A miniature sewing machine is always my favorite.


Why miniatures? 

I chose the art of miniatures because I can make another world through this art and medium.

Upcoming projects planned? 

As a future business, I would like to make stop motion movies.

Thamer Alcigeary is from Baghdad, Iraq. To see more of his miniatures, visit Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Pinterest.


Daily Mini Interview: Miniatures by Alamedy Diorama

Miniatures by Alamedy Diorama

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InstagramHow did you first get started in miniatures? 

My story with the miniatures started when I was very young. I started reading at the age of 5 and that enhanced my imagination a lot. Since then, I always dreamed of making scenes that I had previously imagined in a small scale. Six years ago, I found by chance some kind of Balsa wood and immediately I decided to build my first project. It was a small farm scene. I searched the Internet for some help, but I didn’t know what it was called. Finally, I found the word “miniatures” and I was so happy to know that there are a lot of miniaturists around the world. I started to make friendships with these artisans and gradually my work began receiving attention. I started a Facebook account two years ago, and now I have more than 5,000 friends and followers from all around the world.

10991491_339820852880421_9177847616847420653_oAdvice for beginner artists and miniaturists?

Keep doing what you love to do and never let the lack of material and resources let you down. You should be creative in how to distort things to reach your needs. When I started making dioramas, I didn’t know even the word “diorama,” because it’s something I didn’t see in my country before. I worked so hard to do what I loved and didn’t let the lack of materials and resources let me down. For any miniaturists that need advice or help, I’m always on Facebook available to answer questions and I also make tutorials for beginners.


Favorite mini you have made?

My favorite project has been the Children’s Room because it takes me back to my childhood memories.

11016108_336963496499490_9034253643904727127_nWho are some of your favorite miniaturists?

I would love to have miniatures from Japanese miniaturist Ichiyo Haga and Lucy Maloney, who makes scale reproductions of pet dogs.

What inspires you?

I get inspiration from everyone, everywhere. Before I start any project, I extensively research what I want to build. My taste is international and I haven’t build any local projects yet, mostly urban scenes and rusty place. I love to show rusty things and aged wood.

CaasdasptureAs I mentioned before, when I started out, I didn’t know that there was something called “dioramas” or “miniatures.” I didn’t have any tools or materials for making miniatures, but my passion to do those mini scenes pushed me to morph what I had to fit my work. I use plaster of Paris, aluminum foil, plastic rods and whatever I have in home.

After 6 years of work, I’m making tutorials and how-to videos to help people who love to make miniatures but don’t have access to a lot of resources.

What is the most memorable miniature you have ever seen?

The work of Charles Matton always amazes me and I always enjoy looking at it.

New minis in the works?

I’m working on a vintage photography studio in 1:12.

Alamedy Diorama is the brainchild of Ali Alamedy. Originally from Iraq, Ali has worked and lived in Dubai, Cairo, Beirut, and Istanbul. He currently lives in Sakarya, Turkey. Check out more of his marvelous miniatures on the Alamedy Diorama Facebook, Instagram, Behance and Pinterest.


Daily Mini Interview: Musée Miniature et Cinéma Director Dan Ohlmann

Musée Miniature et Cinéma Director Dan Ohlmann

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What are your earliest memories with miniatures?

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Le dortoir by Dan Ohlmann

As a child, I was very attracted to miniatures. I especially liked to create mini interiors of wooden huts, hunters’ homes with all their furniture and utensils. I was building works perched on real branches, and soon they became tropical forests. I built small streams that became big rivers. I was six years old and my pleasure was in search of maximum realism. I never put figures or figurines in my spaces because it totally interfered with my desire to create a “visual illusion.”

Do you remember the first miniatures you created between 1985 and 1987 before you produced the 1:12 Chez Maxim restaurant in Paris?

Before Chez Maxim, I created a whole mahogany interior featuring the cellist Rostropovich. He had asked me to make this miniature for his friend Herbert Von Karajan’s birthday.

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Prison Saint Paul by Dan Ohlmann

Do you have a favorite work currently in the collection of the Musée Miniature et Cinéma (Museum of Miniature and Film)? 

I founded the museum for public awareness around the art of the miniature through the eyes of different artists. I did not found it to show my art, but also because I am a huge fan of ten other talented miniaturists. I love the hyperrealist miniature ruins by Laurie Chareyre, and very messy scenes by Ronan Jim Sevellec.

Who are your favorite contemporaries?

I love the work of Alan Wolfson and his New York atmosphere scenes. We exhibited a retrospective of his work at the museum earlier this year.

Other than that, I have no preference when it comes to the specific type of a miniature scene. Everyone has a different style, and I do not wish to compare them.

What miniaturists do you wish to feature in the Museum?

I have not yet had the opportunity to exhibit Charles Matton, who has had a very beautiful career. My greatest desire would be to achieve an exhibition featuring this great artist in Lyon! Maybe someday…

Le hangard abandonné by Dan Ohlmann

What inspires you?

I like to reproduce places full of past spaces, where one feels the presence of a human is not far away. The presence of certain objects in my miniature scenes help to create a moving, breathing piece of work.

Why miniatures?

If I was not a miniaturist, I would probably be a filmmaker or a film set designer. I am very fond of the various spaces in which human beings move. “Tell me where you live and I’ll tell you who you are” is a sentence that rings true for me.

What has been the most difficult miniature project to create?

There are some interesting miniatures I would have liked to create. I always wanted to make the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. After getting special permission to photograph the Conservatory, and take thousands of photographs on site (over 5 days), I never started its production because I did not have the courage to launch into 4-5 years of miniature work for all the necessary micro-sculptures. Having previously created the Maxim’s de Paris, which took 15 months of continuous work, I realized that the Hall of Mirrors would be too difficult and would take too long for me to make. I would prefer to make 5 different miniatures over a period of time, rather than work on one. I like to have a bit of choice.

Museum Director Dan Ohlmann with an animatronic prop from Gremlins 2

What is the most unusual miniature you have ever seen?

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Stuart Little

The miniatures of the late Charles Matton are especially beautiful. I am touched by the beauty of a scene first and foremost. I am not affected by the dexterity required to make a piece, because performance is not art.

What is your favorite period of History of Art?

I love Art Deco.

Career highlights thus far?

The best moments for me have been the encounters made at a location that I am studying to miniaturize. Whether at Le Havre in Normandy, at Maxim’s in Paris, in an incredible zen temple in Japan, in Cuba, or in the Drôme Provençale, there is this aspect of a “reporter miniaturist” that is so exciting! Whenever I start to photograph and analyze a rare and unusual place, I usually meet rare and unusual people!

What’s to come from the Musée Miniature et Cinéma?

We will celebrate this year the 10th anniversary of the Museum in its current location (a 16th century historical building, the Maison des Avocats), but also our 20 years of miniature and cinema in Lyon since the museum was actually founded in Lyon on January 1, 1990. In 2000, the museum had been in the Paris regions for 5 years (operated by Grévin of Paris) and was reopened again in 2005 in the capital of Gaul.

What do you want fans of miniatures know about you?

I want them to know that this museum exists only because of their love and support for over 20 years now!

Today one of my other passions is to restore objects that were used for filming movies before the era of “all-digital.” These numerous sets, costumes, prosthetics, animatronics, and more are very fragile due to materials which were poorly resistant to passing time. Thanks to our visitors, we preserve these props in our workshops. A big thank you to the public for its help in preserving nostalgic art!

Created by miniaturist artist Dan Ohlmann, the Musée Miniature et Cinéma in France presents two rare and exclusive collections: miniature scenes and film props and artifacts. The museum features over 100 miniature scenes exquisitely crafted by world-renowned miniaturists while the film collection boasts over 300 original film props and artofacts. To learn more about Dan Ohlmann or the Museum of  Miniature and Film, visit the Musée Miniature et Cinéma website or head on over to Facebook

Dan Ohlmann with an animatronic triceratops from Jurassic Park

Daily Mini Interview: Miniatures by Hernán Buljevich

Miniatures by Hernán Buljevich

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How did you first get into miniatures?

Angel sierraI started working on miniatures at university as I became interested in scale models as a way of representation. It was then when I realized what my future would be. I began to work with constructive details, and created replicas of existing places that I liked. Over time, I acquired experience and thought that my greatest accomplishment was the way I could pass down the essence of a place and its charmwhether a house, a restaurant, a bar, a historic building, or any kind of space, front door or interior roominto a miniature.

What inspires you?

The inspiration for my work stems from a lifelong love of classic Spanish culture, cuisine and bars. I started with Restaurante Botín in Madrid. Founded in 1725, Botín is one of the world’s oldest restaurants.

Every detail of my replicas is carefully carried out, not only to bring photographic accuracy but to represent the attractiveness of each place.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I am inspired by everyday life. I like to always be open to learning new things and new techniques, and I often apply other methods or techniques from another profession into what I do.

What materials do you use for your miniatures?

In order to perform said replicas I seek each material resembles the original: wood, cardboard, recycled materials. All materials I use are legitimate to carry out each of the works. It’s a matter of creativity. That’s how the miniatures get the different places owners’ attention. The owners are eventually attracted to the replicas and would like to have one of their own place.

Bodega de la Ardosa (3)Describe your process for making miniatures.

Having photographs of anywhere allows me to make a miniature. I get photos to paper, converting them into blueprints. I calculate the scale observing the photos. I think of each line, relief and measure of each part of the site. And then, I select the materials and all parts prepared to be later assembled, resulting in the final work.

Alma de España by Hernán is on view now at D. Thomas Fine Miniatures in New York!

Through photos or videos that can be sent by mail or email, one can start preparing miniatures. Many different materials can be used, enriching in detail the work to be accomplished. You desire one, you have it! Everyone wants his or her place in the world to be represented in a miniature.

Advice you would give to beginner artists?

What matters is the essence of the place or object we want to do, not accuracy. The important thing is to give the work life.

Tool you can’t live without?

I use many improvised and homemade tools. I can not live without my tweezers and nail files. These are what I use most.

What appeals to you most about what you do?

The creativity to find the materials to make things from real life in miniature, is a very fun challenge. The best we can recycle and transform any object.

Other activities and hobbies you enjoy?

I began with this as my hobby, really I am an architect. What I enjoy the most is traveling.

Argentinian artist Hernán Buljevich recreates well-known bars and restaurants in miniature. To see more of his work, visit his website or follow along on two Facebook accounts: here and here.



Daily Mini Interview: Miniature Rooms and Room Boxes by Robert Off

Miniature Rooms by Robert Off

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When was the first time you realized you had an interest in miniatures?

postcard-LaneI really enjoyed painting lead soldiers as a child. I transitioned from soldiers to miniatures. I used to paint the eyeballs and eyelids of the soldiers – all such small details. I was always interested in miniatures actually. I remember seeing a bar scene at a miniature shop and thinking it was quite interesting. I loved museums and the dioramas there. It doesn’t make a difference to me what scale a miniature is in, as long as it tells a story. Everyone has a story, and people like stories. I know I certainly enjoy stories.

From there, I got into art. I fell in love with art, especially American art. When it comes to learning, I’m quite visual as opposed to instructional. It’s always been easy for me to understand planes, dimensions, and space. American art is all about the genre and the story.

I’ve been building miniature architectural boxes since 1998. I was inspired by the miniature architectural boxes designed and created between 1932 and 1941 by Mrs. James Thorne and Eugene Kupjack.  After seeing these Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago, I made my wife a room box for Christmas.


How long does it take you to create a room box?

I don’t know exactly how long it takes. A few years back, I bought myself a fancy docking station to listen to music. In my studio, I would concentrate so hard that I didn’t hear the music. As a consequence of that deep concentration, it’s possible to concentrate on your inner self and it takes you to a deeper place. It takes you into a deep thought process. It’s a phenomenon among artists. I don’t hear the phone ring, I don’t know how long I’ve been there. I’ve messed up my back due to that deep, deep concentration.

Most days I work 4-5 hours a day or take breaks in between. I like to walk away from a room box for a few days, then get back to it. The problem with miniatures is that once you get going, you fall in love with the work. And you grow too close to it. There’s the fine line of not overworking it, otherwise you would take away all the intensity.

Do you have a favorite room box that you’ve built?

Winslow Homer’s studio in Panascot Bay. It’s my favorite because Homer is one of my favorite artists. There’s a personal connection. I got to identify with the artist as I was working on it. Because he’s one of my favorite artists. It’s a personal connection. You get to identify with artist you’re working on.

I always design a work first, and I don’t hold back in the design plans. Then I begin to build it. I don’t let the practical interfere with the artistic. Therein lies the puzzle. After walking away for a couple of days, I come back and figure out how to wire a piece.

What’s your definition of art?

Gameroom-site-1My definition of art is that it has to be interesting. It has to be technically good. And it should be transformative. Art should take you to a different place beyond yourself. The art of miniatures departs from the crafts of miniatures. I approach my room boxes as art, not necessarily as an artisan. I work to make the art different. Mel Bochner once said, “Objects are emotions.” So I put those into my pieces, as triggers. I love symbols. Magritte is great and so is the set designer Robert Edmond Jones. When I started making my miniatures, I tracked down every book on stage design because that’s essentially what I’m building. Jones was one of the first to feel strongly that stage design should add to the story. So it’s not necessarily in the arrangement of the chair, but in where it lies. Exactly to the right or exactly to the left. Jones did a lot of work for Eugene O’Neill on Broadway who was considered to be the best with light.

Imperfection is what makes the thing real. Nothing in this world is perfect. When you look at something that’s perfect, it ultimately registers as untrue. If you’re striving for perfect you’re missing the art. The art is in the perfect, yes, but craft is in the imperfection. And so the doors of my room boxes are a little twisted and not symmetrical.

What symbols do you include in your own work?

I often include fruit, such as oranges or apples, as I always had food around the house. I frequently include a dog. And chances are, you can find a spittoon in my pieces as well. I also like to include something in the drawer that no one can see, but I know it’s there. It gives me a thrill.

I make my room boxes for me and hope someone else likes them. I don’t take commissions. I don’t take suggestions. So, I place symbols in my work because they make me feel good.

The reason I don’t take commissions is because this is a second career for me. My whole life, I’ve catered to customers or supervisors and this is not about that. This is for me.

Advice for new artists?

The transition from hobby to career is a tricky one. I made room boxes as a hobby for a couple of years. But you can’t have the house littered with these things. So you have to keep creating new work and offset the cost and production time. So, what did I do? I sat down and wrote a 5 year plan. I mapped out where I would like to be in 1 year and in 3 years and so forth. I developed a list of goals and how I would achieve them. And when I reached the end of my plan, I sat down and wrote another one. If you don’t have a plan, you don’t know where you’re going, and you certainly don’t know how you’ll get there. If you want to be considered and viewed highly by your peers and the industry, then set a lofty goal for yourself. Set your brand and stick to it.

International Guild of Miniature Artisans (IGMA) member Robert Off is the owner of Miniature Rooms Company. To view more of his miniature rooms and highly-detailed room boxes, visit the Miniature Rooms website. You may also enjoy his miniature room tutorial videos on YouTube!


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.

Kendal Murray, Family Style, Smile, 2012; Kendal Murray, Esteem, Dream, 2012; Serial Cut, Office Case, 2011; Serial Cut, HSBC, 2015.
Kendal Murray, Family Style, Smile, 2012; Kendal Murray, Esteem, Dream, 2012; Serial Cut, Office Case, 2011; Serial Cut, HSBC, 2015.

Featuring work by:

Matthew Albanese
Alice Bartlett
Dante Brebner
Citizen Brick
Thomas Doyle
Joe Fig
Idan Levin
Kendal Murray
Lori Nix & Kathleen Gerber
Serial Cut
Tracey Snelling
Daisy Tainton

Check out many (mini) more installation images via apexart.

Tracey Snelling, The Parade Ends, 2012, wood, paint, charcoal, lights, LCD screen, media player, speaker, transformer, 24 x 24 inches; Tracey Snelling, Bad Girl, 2012, Wood, paint, lights, electroluminescent wire, LCD screens, media players, speakers, transformer, 24 x 24 inches.

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.

minivenger-dailymini-interview-photo4What artists or works inspire you the most?

I tend to find inspiration in random photos from a Google image search.

Any advice you would give to new artists or miniaturists?

I myself am still trying to find ways to improve my work. Most of all I would say: be creative!

Favorite miniature you own or have made?


The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sewer diorama.

What is the oddest or most unique miniature work you’ve ever seen?

All sculptures by Alan Wolfson.

Why miniatures?

I’ve always liked mini things since I was little. One day I decided to make one on my own with polymer clay and it was so much fun. The rest is history!


Other hobbies you enjoy?


When I’m not making miniatures, I love spending time with my sons.


Yoko is currently based in Japan. For more of her marvelous miniature adventures, head to Instagram or visit her website.

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.

This curated digital space is a tribute to the mini collection that started it all. The Daily Miniature is not only a portable source of miniatures, but a permanent (per·mini·nt) one.

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