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Forget Tiny Houses—Try Miniature Sculptures

May 14, 2019 | 759 videos
Video by Ellen Evans

Kath Holden is a minority in her craft. She transforms the world around her into immaculately rendered miniatures—a departure from the enduring trend of creating Victorian dollhouses or other period-inspired miniatures.


“I like to represent now—the era I live in,” Holden says in Ellen Evans’s short documentary Life in Miniature. “If we don’t do miniatures of what we do now, how will it be represented in the future?”


Holden runs Delph Miniatures with her mother and business partner, Margaret Shaw, who specializes in food-related miniatures. Together, the two create tiny replicas of everything under the sun, from condoms to wheelchairs to blow-dryers. They find meaning in their work representing the quotidian, even though Holden takes issue with the predominant attitude of fellow makers. “It can be a bitchy world in the miniatures world,” she says.

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