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Meet the Miniaturist: Cindy Coons
The Mini Luxury Closet Edition!
VIA INSTAGRAM LIVE
Thursday, February 11 at 7pm ET
Miniatures enthusiast Cindy Coons has only been collecting tiny treasures for a few years but in a very short time has amassed an impressive assortment of artisan miniatures.
Her dream of having a Queen Anne dollhouse was realized but she never expected it to have a hydraulic lift (built by her husband!) to help her reach the lower floors comfortably. Her miniature luxurious inch-scaled closet is another prize in her collection!
We'll chat with Cindy and get a better view of her miniatures including that little black dress and high end-mini shoes filling the wardrobes in her awesome mini closet.
Meet the Miniaturist: Juliana Hagel
A Facebook Live Event!
Wednesday, February 3 at 7pm ET
Meet the Miniaturist:
The Collector's Edition!
Saturday, February 6 at 7pm ET
Curl up on the sofa with a glass of wine and your iPad and join us for a special Saturday evening collector's edition of Meet the Miniaturist featuring Jennifer "Duffy" Wineman!
As a miniaturist for over 40 years, Duffy is a craftsman and collector. She's also highly involved in the miniatures world, as a active member of The Guild, taking classes at Guild School in Castine Maine, and as previous Guild Show Director.
Duffy has a gorgeous miniatures collection which includes a custom Graham Wood cottage as well as an extensive assortment of fine artisan pieces.
We'll be treated to a tour of Duffy's dollhouses, hear terrific stories behind her involvement in the mini world and see her wonderful collection.
Meet the Miniaturist: Juliana Hagel! Juliana is a super-active, super-involved miniaturist! She's been a volunteer for The Guild and now spends time helping out with NAME. She's also been collecting and taking classes making miniatures for several years and has amassed a HUGE collection of miniatures.
We'll chat with Juliana, talk tiny and see some of the terrific assortment of whimsical and charming miniatures she has in her stash! This will be super fun!
Link below will take you to Facebook event info. No Facebook...no problem! We'll post the replay on our YouTube channel next day!
The Stettheimer Dollhouse is a darling of the collection at the Museum of the City of New York since it was gifted by the creator's sister 75 years ago. To celebrate this extraordinary example of miniature art and architecture, the Museum is hosting a new exhibition "The Stettheimer: Up Close." A new exhibition room was created to showcase the dollhouse and never before seen related artifacts have been brought out from the archives.
I had the pleasure of attending the opening event this past December and got a chance to see the exhibition, take photographs and video of the show. Join me as I share my experience attending the opening, share my observations, photos and video of the dollhouse and talk about The Stettheimer. I'll talk about Carrie Stettheimer, the creator of the dollhouse and tell you all about this extraordinary piece which was known as "outrageously chic" for the time.
Meet the Miniaturist: Charlotte Stokoe
London Dollshouse Festival
The Show Circuit Edition
Sunday, January 31, 4pm EST
Meet the Miniaturist Charlotte Stokoe, organizer of the London Dollshouse Festival, the largest showcase of dollhouse miniatures in Europe. Charlotte was bitten by the miniatures bug at an early age and owned a dollshouse shop in London before heading up the festival in 2004.
In 2018, she created the Perfection in Miniature Awards (PIMA) which challenges miniaturists to create the most beautiful miniatures in the world and rewards and recognizes artisans for their masterful creations.
We’ll chat with Charlotte, hear all about the show circuit, how she has impacted the world of miniatures with the PIMA awards and see exclusive video of some of the entrants.
Small Talk: The Rise of Miniatures
A Pop Culture Phenomenon
Sunday, February 4pm EST
Meet miniaturist Darren T. Scala from D. Thomas Fine Miniatures. Darren has been passionate about miniatures for as long as he can remember. Darren will share his passion for miniatures and talk about its history from ancient times all the way up until the modern era.
Participants will learn about miniatures and how they currently enjoy a renewed interest and have become quite a pop culture success!
This presentation is for the miniatures-involved enthusiast or for the newbie to miniatures as folks from all ends of the MiniSpectrum can expect to be inspired and encouraged by learning about this great BIG world of TINY.
Event fee: $9.99
Meet the Miniaturist: Rosa Moran
Interior Design Edition (S2Ep4)
Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 4pm EST
Meet miniaturist Rosa Moran from Simply Living Designs. Rosa always had a knack for interior decorating but was recently inspired to use her talents to create in miniature.
Rosa infuses an industrial farmhouse style in her dollhouses and roomboxes and scratch builds almost everything she uses in her designs. Her impressive display of work lines an art wall in her craft room and keeps her busy updating, adding and adjusting. She recently opened an ETSY shop due to high interest and demand from fans on social media.
We'll chat with Rosa, hear all about her modern interior aesthetic, her process for pulling together the perfect design elements and maybe get some tips and techniques on how she crafts her pieces in small scale.
Meet the Miniaturist: The Renovator
TikTok Sensation Scarlett Stephens-Smith
Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 4pm EST (S2Ep3)
Meet miniaturist Scarlett Stephens-Smith from Weston Road Renovation who, with her fiance, recently completed a 2 year renovation of their (real) home while embarking on an ambition effort to recreate the same home in miniature, hand-crafting every tiny object from scratch while documenting her efforts online.
She has since amassed hundreds of thousands of followers, millions of views and has become a TikTok sensation. A Buzzfeed video news story has further expanded interest in her work.
We'll chat with Scarlett and hear all about the creation of her home in miniature, the challenges she faces finding materials to craft her pieces and talk about what it takes to become TikTok famous!
Meet the Miniaturist: Taylor Poore
Lockdown Edition via Instagram LIVE
Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 8pm EST (S2Ep2)
Meet miniaturist Taylor Poore (IG @Taypo), a self-described designer of "maximalist" interiors from Brooklyn. Taylor comes from a family of artists and was encouraged at a young age growing up to dabble in dollhouse.
During lockdown, Taylor decided to purchase a second-hand dollhouse and has been spending his time renovating the piece with a highly creative styling and a bold and energetic design.
Watch our first LIVE Instagram as we chatted with Taylor and heard all about his unique aesthetic, how he crafts embellishments to decorate and where he finds pieces to fill his treasure.
Meet the Miniaturist: Museum Edition
Museum of Miniature Houses, Carmel IN
Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 4pm EST (S2Ep1)
For the launch of Season 2, we had a special Meet the Miniaturist and were treated to a virtual walk through of the Museum of Miniature Houses in Carmel, Indiana hosted by Executive Director Elaine Mancini.
Elaine shared a small (ha!) sampling of just some of the thousands of miniature objects and dozens of roomboxes and dollhouses which are on permanent view in the museum.
The museum was created by several Indiana artists and collectors in 1993 in an effort to preserve and promote the fine art of miniatures and has since been visited by over 100,000 people.
This was terrific!
We chat LIVE with some awesome miniaturists.
You're invited to join in on the fun!
Meet the Miniaturist: Fran Sussman
Some Like it Small (S1Ep19)
Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 4pm EST
Meet the Miniaturist: Fran Sussman from Some Like it Small! Fran recently retired from a career in economic research and policy. While Fran has no formal art training, her comfort with math and love of problem solving has enabled her to work in miniature with precision and an unmatched level of detail to form awesome tiny treasures.
Fran works mostly in 144th scale which means the objects she creates are 144 times as small as the real-life counterparts. Her wonderful work has earned her Artisan status with IGMA, the International Guild of Miniature Artisans.
We spoke with Fran, talked about what inspires her and how she overcomes some of the challenges of working in such small scale. Fran also talked about the techniques and technologies she uses for achieving small scale success.
This was terrific!
Meet the Miniaturist: The Winners!
Winning Teams from The Biggest Little Christmas Showdown
Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 4pm EST (S1Ep19)
We had a very special Meet the Miniaturist Zoominar and welcomed the WINNERS from each episode of HGTV's Biggest Little Christmas Showdown including the finale winners!
We had a chat with contestants from the show including Amanda Kelly and Bree Sepulveda (Episode 1/Team Yellow), Darren Scala (me!) and May Burnett (Episode 2/Team Green) and Desiree Johnson and Savannah Sosa (Episode 3/Team Red) and got a behind the scenes look at the making of the miniatures featured on the show and the inside scoop you couldn't hear anywhere else!
Chat box and Q&A was open to answer questions and provide commentary. This was a BLAST!
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KSB Collection: Museum Tour (S1Ep17)
Christmas 2020 Edition
Kaye Browning/Curator & Founder
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 7pm EST
We were treated to a virtual tour by Kaye Browning, curator and founder of the KSB Collection in Maysville, KY. Kaye shared her extraordinary collection of roomboxes and dollhouses decorated for the holidays created by some of the most talented miniaturists in the world.
The tour includes descriptions of expertly crafted tiny objects, masterful room boxes, incredible dollhouses and vignettes set up for Christmas, many created with heartfelt and heartwarming stories of Kaye and her experience growing up in Maysville, Kentucky.
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Meet the Miniaturist: Collectors Edition (S1Ep16)!
Michael Hogan/Dollhouse Miniature Interiors
Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 4pm EST
We met miniaturist Michael Hogan. Michael is passionate about small scale interior design and focused on creating stylish interior settings for the terrific assortment of hand-crafted artisan miniatures he collects.
We had a casual chat with Michael while he shared his miniatures up close. We heard about how he acquires pieces and received some tips and tricks for how to start your own collection and the best ways to showcase your treasures in a room box, dollhouse or mini scene.
Bonus: Michael's collection was set up for Christmas, so were treated to view see his holiday miniatures as well!
Meet the Miniaturist:
Virtual Open Studio Event S1Ep15
Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 7pm EDT
Ever wanted to wander into your favorite miniatures artist's studio and take a peek at what's going on? Join us for a virtual open studio event and meet some of your favorite miniaturists as they invite us into their working studios.
Well we wandered in to have a casual chat with each maker and got a chance to take a look the latest creations they are working on. We were able to ask questions and received a few tips and tricks for how they make great minis.
Featured in this special Meet the Miniaturist were Kate Santichen (The_Tiny_Craftress IG) and Kraig Councell from Creative Eye Miniatures. We also presented from our home studio and shared our own latest little project.
This was so much fun!
The Mini Time Machine
S1Ep14 Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 7pm EDT
Meet the Miniaturist Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb, executive director and curator at the The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures (TMTM) in Tucson, Arizona.
The Mini Time Machine houses over 500 works ranging from micro miniature sculptures to dollhouses, roomboxes and antiques dating back to the 18th century.
Lisa will take us on a virtual tour of the museum's galleries and talk about how the museum interprets "miniature" in the broadest sense to showcase the diversity of the art form.
Lisa Sones-Peck | Spellbound Miniatures
S1Ep13 Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 4pm EDT
We met miniaturist Lisa Sones-Peck – Lisa studied art at an early age but ended up working in finance. Also, a plan to build her dream Victorian dollhouse in the 80’s was derailed by work, marriage, children and well…life!
As early onset of empty nest syndrome began, Lisa’s learned silversmithing and jewelry design. Ultimately, she landed on making miniatures, inspired by the Cricut Maker and all of the possibilities the little machine has to offer!
Lisa now designs and creates miniatures and sells Cricut templates. She also started a YouTube channel featuring tutorials showing how easy it is to use.
We had a chat with Lisa, learned about her artistic journey and took a peek into how this awesome tool is used to help makers and crafters make miniatures.
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Sheila Shindorf | S1Ep12
Sunday, October 11, 2020 at 4pm EDT
We had a lovely chat with miniaturist and music teacher Sheila Shindorf! Sheila built her first dollhouse just 10 years ago and she hasn't stopped since!
Sheila creates dollhouses inspired by art and architecture using a mix of hand-painted elements, decals, jewelry parts and other found objects. Her use of impactful color, design and unexpected materials form fantastical miniature structures which surprise and delight the viewer.
We heard about Sheila's journey over the last decade, took a closer look at some of her more intricate dollhouse designs (including her Blue & White Tea Service dollhouse covered in repurposed broken ceramic tea set parts!) and learned more about how she finds and pulls found pieces together to create her dollhouse designs.
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Small Talk Symposium
Louise Krasniewicz | Thomas Doyle | Darren Scala
Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 4pm EDT
We had our first Small Talk Symposium with author/educator Louise Krasniewicz and contemporary artist Thomas Doyle leading the discussion.
Louise talked about how miniatures create an alternative universe and Thomas talked about miniatures as a form of escapism. Darren introduced a topic as well, talking about miniatures as a pop culture phenomenon.
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This was a fascinating and informative talk!
May Burnett | May Burnett Miniatures
Sunday, September 13, 2020
May Burnett is an arts educator known for her steampunk creations used for cosplay. May also makes tiny things including real miniature food and inch-scaled pottery We’ll get to chat with May, hear all about her latest creations, talk about what inspires her most and and even get a demonstration on how she turns tiny pots on her tiny potter's wheel. You may just come away inspired to make your own miniature pottery!
Kat Picot | Shrunk Magazine
Then we'll chat with Kat Picot! Kat is a miniatures enthusiast with several dollhouses and once worked in a dollhouse shop in England! With a background in digital design and a degree in journalism, Kat combines her passion for miniatures with her skills in writing and design and created SHRUNK, a new dollhouse miniatures (print!) magazine with a fresh new approach on the tiny filled with articles about makers, mini design trends and tutorials. We'll chat with Kat and hear all about her and her new magazine coming this fall!
Damien James Webb | Set Designer
Sunday, July 25, 2020
We met Canadian-based artist and model-maker Damien James Webb! Damien is best known for creating whimsical scale structures inspired by pop culture, television and film.
His first love, however, is theatrical set design. We had a chat with Damien, heard all about his miniature model making and the development of his signature quirky sculptures. We also learned more about his journey back to doing theater work while making sure he left time for making miniatures!
Kaye Browning | KSB Miniatures Collection
Sunday, July 25, 2020
It was a pleasure to chat with Kaye Browning, curator, collector and founder of The KSB Miniatures Collection in Maysville, Kentucky.
Kaye has one of the most extensive and exquisite miniatures collections ON THE PLANET! and we'll get to chat with her.
We heard some great stories behind the scale structures she has commissioned over the years and learned about her awe-inspiring collection and what makes her tiny treasures so special.
There was so much we didn't cover, we would love to have her back!
Darren Scala | D. Thomas Miniatures
Sunday, July 12, 2020
I was thrilled to host a MEGA Miniature Virtual Tour on Zoom of Nybelwyck Hall, the extraordinary miniature mansion on display at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York.
I shared images and video of the miniature rooms and some of the tiny treasures that fill the house built by Mark O'Banks and described the whimsical story he created of the Van Nybelwyck family who reside in the home.
This was a great way to get to know the dollhouse before seeing it in person at the Museum!
Dagmar Turnidge | Mini Property Developer
Thursday, July 2,2020
It was a delight to chat with Dagmar Turnidge (@MiniPropertyDeveloper on Instagram) from Melbourne, Australia. After retiring from a career as an educator and dealing with a full on cancer scare a few years ago, she decided to reawaken her passion for art, interior design and miniatures and became an extensive collector and designer of mid-century modern pieces, made mostly in Germany, inspired by her family heritage.
Dagmar has decorated and furnished over 10 dollhouses and numerous room boxes in her home studio. We’ll got to meet Dagmar, hear about her collection, how she goes about acquiring her miniatures and learn about her design philosophy when tackling a mini project.
This was a lot of fun!
Malena Sullivan | The Clay Girl
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Check out our chat Zoominar and Meet the Miniaturist Malena Sullivan, The Clay Girl from @TheClayKitchen (Instagram).
Malena is a self-taught artist and at just 16 years old has been making incredible inch-scaled polymer clay food creations for half of her young life!
She was inspired to make minis while watching her Italian grandmother cook in the kitchen when growing up in her native Bronx, New York.
We spoke with Malena, heard more about what inspires her, took questions from attendees and even received some tips and tricks for making awesome food miniatures!
2020 and 2021 Virtual Events
Join Darren Scala, founder of D. Thomas Fine Miniatures, for a special HISTORY OF MINIATURES Zoominar.
Darren will share an informative and entertaining presentation about the BIG world of tiny starting with the early beginnings during the days of the pharaohs in Egypt and through to the modern miniatures movement of today with a focus on this pop cultural phenomenon as a hobby, as an art form and, for some, a lifestyle!
This Zoominar is perfect for the newbie who is just discovering this fascinating world or for the seasoned enthusiasts who may want to be surprised to learn something new!
Participants will be able to ask questions throughout the seminar. We look forward to seeing everyone there!
Adam Koch | Theatrical Set Designer
Saturday, June 6, 2020
This ZOOMINAR featured set designer and miniaturist Adam Koch from Brooklyn, New York.
Adam creates theatrical environments for stage shows and musicals. He also has a passion for miniatures and started the popular Instagram account @DollhouseTherapy.
We had a casual chat with Adam to learn more about him and his work in theatrical set design, its connection with his interest in miniatures, and we got to hear all about his 30 day challenge to build an awesome 7-room dollhouse during the Covid pandemic lockdown.
Saturday, May 30, 2020
We were thrilled to talk with author, educator and miniaturist Louise Krasniewicz.
Work by Louise was featured in several exhibitions in our gallery including BadAss Miniatures and WeeResist. We also had her award winning work, Rear Window, on display.
In our casual chat with Louise as we got to know her a bit better, talk about her work in miniatures, find out what inspires her and especially talk about some of theories about miniatures!
Saturday, May 23, 2020
Known in collector circles for his small scale detailed structures, Jimmy Landers crafts period houses, general stores and room boxes.
His most impressive work to date, The Sahlberg, is a 9-room cabinet house and an extraordinary example of fine art, design and architecture.
We had a casual chat with Jimmy about his life making miniatures since retiring from a corporate career and we learned a whole lot about The Salhberg!
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Chris Toledo is best known for his work crafting 1/12 scale historically accurate dollhouses and roomboxes. We were thrilled to host him in our virtual studio.
We had a great time chatting with Chris as we got to know the artist, learn more about his work and talk about our favorite topic…miniatures!
Saturday, May 9, 2020
With her awesome work creating romantic and swoon-worthy tiny treasures, Maritza Moran is as delightful as she is talented. She has a large and devoted following and her work fills the dollhouses and room boxes of collectors from all around the world.
Check out our casual chat with Maritza as we got to know the artist, learn more about her beautiful work and talk about the miniatures world! We’ll also got a bit of the inside scoop and heard about her early days creating miniatures for the Carole and Barry Kaye Museum of Miniatures in Los Angeles!