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The Year in Miniatures...

Everything Guide to Mini Mania New York Magazine

It's been an exciting year for miniatures! We've seen an absolute explosion of tiny-ness throughout social media, in commercial film, in advertising and exhibitions.

Nix + Gerber Clamp Art

Nix + Gerber: "Empire"

We're seeing a rise in interest from the younger generation thanks to social media growth and interest from the contemporary art world. More and more enthusiasts are being introduced to miniatures and discovering the delight and excitement that miniatures offer.

Amanda Kelly Panda Miniatures

Amanda Kelly's Tattoo Parlor

Here are some of the top trends and news about miniatures during 2017:

Exhibitions and Shows

Unpackacked Refugee Baggage Mohamad Hafez

Unpacked: Refugee Baggage

The past year saw a number of important exhibitions of work in the small arts. Architect and artist Mohamad Hafez created incredible dioramas depicting the immigrant struggle to flee from destruction in war torn countries in "Unpacked: Refugee Baggage" on view at the UNICEF House in New York.

We also saw new work by Team Nix+Gerber in "Empire" at ClampArt in New York City. The noteworthy exhibition at the Renwick Gallery at The Smithsonian brought out forensic crime scenes by Frances Glessner Lee.

Miniatures in Film and Advertising

Downsizing Film Matt Damon Kristin Wiig

Downsizing 2017

Miniatures themes were seen in commercial film and advertising in 2017. Some examples include Downsizing, starring Matt Damon and Kristin Wiig, and the film adaptation of Jessie Burton's popular novel The Miniaturist.

The Miniaturist Jessie Burton BBC

In addition, a viral video using a tiny Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant received thousands of views. And, who could forget this se up in Astor Place in New York City to celebrate the new Top Restaurant Guide by Zagat (click to view below).

Zagat Tiny Cafe Astor Place NY

Online and Mainstream Media Coverage

New York Magazine Everything Guide to Mini Mania

Photo: Bobby Doherty/New York Magazine/The Cut

In addition to extensive coverage by online blogs and posts (DesignBoom, The Culture Trip and Culture Box), mainstream media picked up on the growing interest in miniatures with important articles in New York Magazine/The Cut (The Everything Guide to Mini Mania),

CBS Sunday Morning Creating Food for Tiny Kitchen

CBS Sunday Morning

Harper's Magazine: "Little Things: The Outsized Pleasures of The Very Small"), BBC News: "Inside the Wonderful World of Miniatures" and CBS Sunday Morning ("Tiny Kitchen") that took on the food miniatures trend (click photo above to see the segment with Jane Pauley!).

Themes and Evolving Genre

Kevin D'Alenti Seedy Motel in Miniature

Kevin D'Alenti "Motel Room" 2017

In addition to the absolute explosion of interest in Food Miniatures (Tastemade, TinyFood.ig, AiClay) and expanded interest in Graffiti and Urban Art Miniatures and Micro Miniatures (especially in photography) some artists are moving miniatures to a darker place.

Kevin D'Alenti's "Motel Room" (above) diorama depicting well-worn accommodations in twelfth scale sleeze.

Abigail Goldman

"Perfect Tan" by Abigail Goldman

Abigail Goldman's (Station16 Gallery, Montreal Canada) scenes feature disturbing themes of murderous mayhem (fun times!).

We also saw Dollhouse Art at the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach, Florida (Miss Lucy's 3 Day Dollhouse Party) and the Small Stories exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C. continued through the early part of the year.

Over the Top Miniatures

Althea Crome

Over the Top Miniatures took center stage last year as artists soared to new heights and stretched their limits on what can be achieved in small scale. Althea Crome took 3rd prize at the Miniature Masterworks at the National Museum of Toys/Miniatures in Kansas City with her nativity scene knitted into a sweater featuring over 50,000 stitches.

Gulliver Gate New York City

New York City's Times Square welcomed the opening of Gulliver's Gate, the newest attraction featuring the world in 1/87th scale. Visitors are "transported to the world's most intriguing places and most captivating time periods."

D. Thomas Miniatures was on the Move!

D. Thomas Miniatures at The Shoppes in Cold Spring

Cold Spring, New York

We were on the move in a number of ways this past year: We relocated to a new space in Cold Spring, New York (The Shoppes on Main Street) and curated a number of exciting exhibitions of miniature works (Those Were the Days/Jill Orlov, Wee#Resist and The Little Street/Gerard Klein Hofmeijer).

Mackenzie McAlpin #WeeResist

Mackenzie McAlpin's "Tee Shirt Rack" from Wee#Resist

We celebrated year 2 of our SquintBox subscription box service, introduced a new mini concept to commemorate a bride's big day (My TrueSo) and expanded our partnership with the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York.

SquintBox Subscription Service

Salad Bar Takeaway by Sharon Harbison for SquintBox

We hit the road talking with groups with our presentation on the History of Miniatures, and grew our social media following on Facebook and Instagram, bringing new enthusiasts into the discipline. Finally, we brought exciting miniatures and works by new miniature artisans into our lineup for purchase!

Hand hammered copper pots by J. Getzan

We're excited for 2018 and look forward to all its miniature marvels!


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D. Thomas Miniatures is a retail and gallery destination featuring top quality collectibles including 1/12th scale structure, furniture and accessories. The concept, designed to appeal to collectors, crafters and enthusiasts was created, in part, to raise awareness of miniatures as a decorative art form and to introduce the discipline not only to a new generation but to those who may just be discovering it! The gallery space showcases work in miniature by well-known artists from all over the world.

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