D. Thomas Fine Miniatures was created by Darren Thomas Scala, a Brooklyn-born artist and brand marketer from the corporate beauty and cosmetics world. He is also a former member of the Board of Trustees of IGMA, the International Guild of Miniature Artisans.
Scala says, “I’ve always had a passion for miniatures. It’s been my dream to create a space where I could introduce miniatures to the public and generate the same level of excitement I have for these pieces."
Born to Italian-American parents, Scala was inspired at an early age to dream, build and create. In fact, at 8 years old his traditional Italian father, a cabinetmaker by trade, built him his very first dollhouse solidifying and encouraging his life-long interest in all things small.
While studying at Emerson College in Boston, MA, he further honed in on his creative abilities and earned a degree in the communication arts and sciences.
“Miniatures have thrilled for centuries,” Mr. Scala, explains, “the pharaohs in Egypt were buried with replicas of full size items and structures they had owned.” He goes on to say, “In the post-renaissance era, the Dutch popularized miniatures by building ‘cabinet houses’ filled with tiny treasures designed to impress as well as delight family members and guests.”
“There is seduction in scale that transcends time,” Darren explains. “Miniatures truly capture the imagination and provide opportunity to dream, discover and explore.