Small Scale Big World: The Culture of Mini Crafts
This book is a must-have for any artist/craftperson craving the global explosion of the miniature imagination!
The dozens of artists and craftspeople featured in this volume create miniature representations of real-world scenes–everything from housewares, such as a thumb-sized rice cooker, to storefronts and cliffside dwellings suspended in test tubes, all the way up to entire multi-story buildings, with every detail preserved inside and out. Each of these exquisite works tells an intriguing story, encapsulating history, culture and memory, and elevating everyday items–the signage on the side of a garbage can, a rusted downspout–to objects worthy of artistic representation, prompting us through this striking shift of scale to perceive the world in whole new ways. Among the featured artists, Tatsuya Tanaka brings Japanese iconography into his master work “Miniature Calendar,” while Joshua Smith, from Australia, keeps streets and addresses and memory alive by re-creating them in miniature, freezing them in time, complete with weeds and water stains. This book not only digs into the stories behind the works, but provides guidance for those who are ready to try their own hand at mini crafts. Three masters share their inspirations and techniques by revealing a detailed process of a single masterpiece.
With a striking shift of scale, the tiniest crafts can capture the grandest stories. Through their immaculate attention to detail and lifelike miniature representations of the real world, the artists of Small Scale, Big World challenge our consumerist mentality of “bigger is always better.” From everyday housewares like a thumb-sized rice cooker, to entire multi-story buildings and cliffside landscapes, these exquisite miniature recreations inspire us to perceive our surroundings in brand new ways.
Discover the fascinating art of miniatures with original projects and artist exclusive articles, and transport yourself into realms where magnificence lies within the minutiae. (From Publisher)
I love, love this magazine: the content AND the design and layout of the print edition; it’s a beautiful and stylish magazine that accomplishes its goal–a modern miniatures magazine! I didn’t learn about until the first issue had long last and sold out!
Here’s Shrunk Magazine‘s mission and why its already a success: “Shrunk magazine is a celebration of the mini magic of doll’s houses, miniatures, dioramas and model making. Bridging the gap between traditional doll’s house collecting, contemporary craft and multimedia art, Shrunk is here to serve a new generation of collectors and makers. “
Through a combination of accessible projects and inspiring editorial features, Shrunk strives to be a culturally relevant and inclusive hobby title. The content draws inspiration from the world of interiors and craft, whilst viewing design trends, lifestyle and culture through a miniature lens.“
The editor, Kat Picot, has a background that puts her right in the center of the knowledge and passion that ensures a huge following for a modern magazine dedicated to miniatures. She has a BA in History of Design, Culture & Society and a Masters degree in Arts & Lifestyle Journalism with the London College of Communication, and began her career in hobby and craft publishing. Also, she runs the online miniatures store, Four Little Walls.
Shrunk Magazine is the most impactful media touch point, in my opinion, to hit the miniatures community in years!
Life in Miniature: a history of dolls’ houses
by Nicola Lisle
Pen & Sword Books
Popular in Britain since the late seventeenth century, dolls’ houses are tiny slices of social history that give us a fascinating glimpse into domestic life over the last 300 years.
In this beautifully-illustrated book, Nicola Lisle explores the origins and history of dolls’ houses and their furnishings, from the earliest known dolls’ house in sixteenth century Bavaria to the present, and looks at how they reflect the architecture, fashions, social attitudes, innovations and craftsmanship of their day. She discusses the changing role of dolls’ houses and highlights significant events and people to give historical context. She also takes a look at some of the leading dolls’ house manufacturers, such as Silber & Fleming and Lines Brothers Ltd (later Triang).
The book includes numerous examples of interesting dolls’ houses, the stories behind them and where to see them. This includes famous models such as Queen Mary’s spectacular 1920s dolls’ house at Windsor Castle and the eighteenth-century baby house at Kew Palace.
There is also a chapter on model towns and villages, which became popular in the twentieth century and also give us a window on the past by replicating real places or capturing scenes typical of a bygone era, as well as advice for dolls’ house collectors, a detailed directory of places to visit and recommended further reading.
One of the most comprehensive guides available on the subject published in recent years, this book offers unique insights into the world of dolls’ houses and is a must for anyone with an interest in the history and appeal of these miniature treasures.
(from publisher’s website)