Wednesday, August 08, 2007

A talented miniaturist

I was just taking some time to look through some of my contact's recently uploaded photos, over at Flickr. I don't do it very often-- especially if I haven't uploaded anything, myself, since that's about the only time I'm on that site-- but every now and then I make the time. It's always a treat to see what everyone's been up to. There are so many beautiful, inspirational works of art and craft on that page!! Much of it rivals the nicest work I've seen published in books.

You don't have to have an account (free or paid) to browse the photos, so if you haven't already checked it out, now's a great time. (Same goes for if it's been a while since you were there. There are new photos every day.) I'm sure the other photo-sharing sites are wonderful, too. I ought to look around some of them, myself. . .

One person who's work just blew me away today was minicaretti. She focuses primarily on miniatures, and that's what you see in her Flickr photostream. (She also has a blog. It's written in Italian, but as always, you can get a lot just from looking at the photos.) I know that at least some of her work involves polymer clay, but she may also use other materials. From what I gather, serious miniaturists (the type who make things in scale) are very resourceful and use whatever best imitates the "real thing". This can result in a polymer piece topped with or displayed next to something made in resin, etc.

If you have a minute, go take a look. Some of these foods are so realistic, you'll have a hard time believing that they're miniatures. You'll probably be hungry by the time you're through. Don't say I didn't warn you. ;o)


squirrel said...

Actually, the first time I've visited your blog it was because it's linked on minicaretti. She's had your link for quite some time now.
She's really talented, that's true.
Do you know what it means? In Italian, mAnicaretti means treats (in terms of food), while mIni means... well, mini and small. It's a nice pun :)

Michael said...

Oh? I didn't notice that-- or if I had noticed it in the past, I've forgotten.

No, I don't know any Italian, so I missed the pun, but that is clever. :o)

I see you have a new polymer clay blog, as well! I'll have to add you to my list. :o)

milo said...

Michael, thank you so much! I missed this nice post about me... I guess because you wrote it the very day I left for my holidays ;o)
anyway, I'm totally flattered, you are such a doll :oD

as you said, I do use polymer clay together with anything that can help me get the realism I'm after. I use lots of liquid Fimo in molds I made myself. If there's anything you are curious about, just ask!

Squirrel, thanks for explaining the pun! Now I'm off to see your blog ;o)