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Art Documentary

Life in Miniature: Medical Devices and Pre-Packaged Foods Immortalized in Tiny Sculptures by Kath Holden and Margaret Shaw

April 2, 2019

Kate Sierzputowski

Kath Holden constantly daydreams about the everyday objects she can transform into tiny sculptures. Even during doctor’s appointments, the U.K.-based miniaturist glances around the room to investigate which medical devices she can cull for inspiration. Holden runs Delph Minatures with her business partner and mother Margaret Shaw, a fellow miniature maker who specializes in food-related items such as pre-packaged steaks, baskets of fruit, and trays of brownies.

The pair was recently profiled in Life in Miniature, a short film by Ellen Evans which delves into the women’s studios and their opinions on the world of miniatures. Holden explains that she views other miniaturists as often being stuck in the past. She doesn’t understand the desire to recreate Georgian and Victorian houses, when you could produce objects for ordinary people, and produce objects relevant today. “I like to represent now,” she explains in the film. “The era I life in. If we don’t do miniatures of what we do now, how will it be represented in the future?”

The film premiered at the Sheffield DocFest in June 2018 and was in the official selection for Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Hot Docs, Aspen ShortsFest, and several other festivals. You can view the short documentary in the video above, and learn more about the Holden and Shaw’s wide range of contemporary miniatures on their website.

 

 



Art

Miniature Figures Top Coin Purses, Makeup Compacts, and Teapots in Lush Narrative Scenes by Kendal Murray

March 13, 2019

Kate Sierzputowski

"Family Style, Smile" (2012), mixed media assemblage, 11 x 13 x 10 cm

“Family Style, Smile” (2012), mixed media assemblage, 11 x 13 x 10 cm

Kendal Murray works in miniature, crafting assemblages that present familial scenes built into and on top of common items found in the home such as glass tea pots or coin purses. The objects are often covered in fake grass, and present wholesome scenarios—such as a family posing on their car in front of fall foliage, or a man taking a jog through a pasture (while being followed closely by a heard of fluffy sheep). The Sydney, Australia-based artist is currently lecturing in Design at the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University, and is represented by Arthouse Gallery in New South Wales, Australia. You can see more of her playful sculptures on her website.

"Bird’s Eye View, Blue Sky Debut" (2012), mixed media assemblage, 18 x 13 x 13 cm

“Bird’s Eye View, Blue Sky Debut” (2012), mixed media assemblage, 18 x 13 x 13 cm

"Promised Land, On Hand" (2012), mixed media assemblage, 10 x 8 x 10 cm

“Promised Land, On Hand” (2012), mixed media assemblage, 10 x 8 x 10 cm

"Breakfast Time, Just in Time" (2012), mixed media assemblage, 11 x 13 x 13 cm

“Breakfast Time, Just in Time” (2012), mixed media assemblage, 11 x 13 x 13 cm 

"Exceed Speed, Mislead, Concede" (2012), mixed media assemblage, 18 x 24 x 14 cm

“Exceed Speed, Mislead, Concede” (2012), mixed media assemblage, 18 x 24 x 14 cm

"Fun Run, Dry Run" (2012), mixed media assemblage, 5.5 x 10 x 10 cm

“Fun Run, Dry Run” (2012), mixed media assemblage, 5.5 x 10 x 10 cm

"Fun Run, Dry Run" (2012), mixed media assemblage, 5.5 x 10 x 10 cm

“Fun Run, Dry Run” (2012), mixed media assemblage, 5.5 x 10 x 10 cm

"Earthward, Skyward, Homeward" (2012), mixed media assemblage, 21 x 26 x 16 cm

“Earthward, Skyward, Homeward” (2012), mixed media assemblage, 21 x 26 x 16 cm

 

 



Craft Food

Miniature Embroideries by ipnot Transform Thread into Delicious Designs

January 9, 2019

Kate Sierzputowski

Japanese embroidery artist ipnot (previously) continues to dazzle us with her creative miniatures formed from thread and embroidery hoops. The works often incorporate props, such as ketchup bottles or chopsticks, to add an interactive layer to the pieces. Textile noodles are staged in slurping position while a perfect pile of ketchup appears to have just been dolloped onto another one of her works. The artist’s realistic designs typically involve food, like her recent sushi stop-motion animation, or a hovering pizza slice that appears to be connected to an embroidery hoop with melted cheese. You can see more of the artist’s embroideries on Instagram.

 

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Art

Hundreds of Artists Scale Down Their Work for Giant Robot's 14th Annual Post-It Show

December 20, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

Image via Mark Todd

Image via Mark Todd

This December marked the 14th annual Post-It Show held by Los Angeles-based gallery Giant Robot. Each year the exhibition gathers thousands of scaled down artworks from emerging and established artists, and sells each one of the 3 x 3 inch pieces for $25. Over four hundred artists participated in this year’s exhibition, including works by Yoskay Yamamoto, James Jean, HuntzAnthony Zinonos, Hayley Powers Thornton-Kennedy, Simpsons creator Matt Groening, and many, many more. Although a majority of the included artists decided to simply paint or draw directly onto the miniature canvas, others like Sean Chao add their own spin, placing a miniature clay raccoon through a small hole in the orange paper as if the sculpture is bursting through.

Despite the creative takes on the exhibition’s premise, each artist starts with the same prompt and medium, and their work is sold for the same flat fee. “I think Post-its are great since they’re ubiquitous items that people doodle on and at the same time provides a great medium that confines but at the same time challenges,” Giant Robot owner Eric Nakamura told My Modern Met.

Post-It Show 14 ended earlier this month, but you can still browse works created for the exhibition on Instagram. (via My Modern Met)

Work by Sean Chao, image via @giantrobot

Work by Sean Chao, image via @giantrobot

Post It Show 14 installation, image via @giantrobot

Post It Show 14 installation, image via @giantrobot

Post-it by Huntz

Post-it by Huntz

Image by @apbozalis

Image by @apbozalis

Image by Mark Toddy, post-its by Anthony Zinonos

Image by Mark Todd, post-its by Anthony Zinonos

Post It Show 14 installation, image via @giantrobot

Post It Show 14 installation, image via @giantrobot

Post-its by Yoskay Yamamoto

Post-its by Yoskay Yamamoto

 

 



Craft Design

Miniature Interior Decor Elements Crafted With Impeccable Detail by Kiyomi

December 11, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

Japanese miniaturist Kiyomi imitates antiques with a stunning attention to detail, creating worn and clouded glass jars, slightly tarnished silverware, and cases packed with dozens of drawers. The talented craftswoman produces pieces for dollhouses out of paper, wire, wood, and other materials that imitate their larger companions. To give her audience a sense of scale, the artist will present her small works alongside a scaleable object, either placing a miniature chair on the seat of a regularly proportioned seat or dwarfing a set of drawers by putting it on the step of a ladder. You can see more of her antique items and delicious-looking fake pastries on her Instagram and website.  (via My Modern Met)

 

 



Art Illustration

Miniature Watercolor Landscapes and Fashion Sketches Delicately Painted on Used Tea Bags

November 19, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

After a good steep, Ruby Silvious (previously) reuses her tea bags as miniature canvases to paint sliced watermelon, serene landscapes, and models adorned in dress-shaped candy wrappers. The works typically keep the tags attached, reminding the viewer of their beverage-based origin. Her newest works were created during an art residency in Arenys de Munt, a town 45 minutes outside of Barcelona, Spain. In March 2019, her miniature paintings will be featured in a solo exhibition at Creative Space Hayashi located in Chigasaki, Japan. You can see more of Silvious’s work on her website and Instagram.