I was so excited to talk to Darren of D. Thomas Fine Miniatures about 1/144 and the things I love to do. Come watch the interview on Darren's YouTube Channel, and watch some others while you're there!
Kate Esme Unver has pulled off a tour de force -- a book on miniatures that celebrates both the traditional and the new, as well as the artistry of presentation. You'll find your favorites and meet many new artisans. You can find out more on her website, or go to your favorite bookseller for this new, very well-priced coffee table book (and yes, this is self-serving because I'm one of the miniaturists she included!).
One of the things I love about 1:144 is that you can experiment with every type of material and skill, and it's just so small that no one can really even see it to criticize. My needlepoint is not so view-worthy, but I do try. Visit two of my favorite needlepointers--Anna-Carin Betzen and Natalia Frank--who have worked hard to help me improve over the years. Any failings are clearly mine, not theirs. Perhaps I will incorporate a very very very small rug into some of my items....
Nothing is for sale on my website at the moment, but I have a number of items for sale. Come visit me at a show, to see limited edition OOAK miniatures interiors and structures, resin-cast 1/144 fireplaces, and unusual supplies. I also have class prototypes on view (if I am teaching). If we can all gather safely, in 2020 I will be at the Bishop Show in Chicago, Illinois in August Spring and the Guild Show in Hartford, Connecticut in September.
Every project provides unique challenges and opportunities to learn from mistakes--both the ones we make
and the ones we don't! For a peek at my projects and the occasional tutorial, visit my blog.
links to 1/144 artisans and suppliers (you can also access this through the menu at the top of this page)
Each year, the International Guild of Miniature Artisans hosts Guild School in Castine. Students explore a variety of projects and learn new skills from some of the world's best miniature artisans. It's a week chock-full of learning and doing, networking and sharing, and even a bit of shopping. The Lobstah doesn't hurt, either.
My approach to developing a 1/144 scale or other small scale interior is to use everything I can find, work, or create, to present an interior that has the feel, complexity, and textures of life. Small scale affords an almost limitless opportunity to experiment with every material that a miniaturist might use.
I love natural materials too much not to bring them into my interiors.
Even small scale can take advantage of the richness and tactile qualities of the different woods that are available. In my interiors you will find maple, walnut, cherry, bubinga, ebony, tulipwood, pear, boxwood, rosewood, and many other woods, including burls.
Nothing quite matches the touch of fabric and its cousins. Enjoy the drape of a fine silk, the almost weightless feel of thin skiver, the coolness of ermine, the three dimensional look of needlepoint.
"Repurposing" expands the frontiers of small scale. Keep an eye out for evidence of our technology-rich consumer culture. Without beads, etched brass, watch parts, pins, styrene shapes, and other objects made both for miniaturists and for other purposes, small scale interiors would be much less interesting.
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