Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Stuff I Love: It's the Little Things

The whole "small windows" thing really got me thinking about my art and the things I love visually.  The truth is, I've always loved the idea of being teeny-tiny.  When I was little, my best friend and I even wanted  to turn into mice and live like Stuart Little (we thought this could be best possible thing that could ever happen to us).  Even today, the idea of being miniature carries into my art work, as there are often a lot of little tiny figures surrounded by massive foliage.  Here are a few things from my favorites list on Etsy that echo that daydream.

Miniature Tellurion
This mini tellurion not only makes me envision scientists the size of peas standing around it, taking notes, charting the movement of the starts, but also reminds me of "The Dark Crystal" in which a very similar (and very much larger) instrument is seen. Beepalix has more cool miniature stuff for intellectuals including globes and dollhouse sized books.

Shelf City No. 269
This is the kind of thing I would scatter on my bookshelves and occasionally play with on rainy days (in spite of the fact that I am a grown woman), and tell stories about the inhabitants, who farm the letters from the books on which they live.  TheOakLeaves have all kinds of beautiful tiny cities and buildings to make up stories about.

Okay, technically, this isn't a miniature anything.  It's a photograph of a train model, placed in a created scene that is comparable to his size. But it's wonderfully surreal and I feel it encapsulates that same feeling, as though this guy lives in that tiny village pictured above and this is him visiting the lakeshore (a puddle in the dirt).  All of ErinTyner 's photographs are equally breathtaking.

Check out the shops above, and next time you come across something in miniature, think about how difficult it might have been for the creator to make something so small in such detail, and think about the story they were trying to tell, or the one you'd tell with their creation.

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