The weekend is here at long last … I know you all likely have big plans for the weekend, like … um … well, you can watch the grass as it grows, or … ooh ooh … I know … you can finally wash the walls you’ve been promising yourself you would do for 15 years now! Chafing at the invisible bonds? Moi? Nah, only in jest. In truth, I’m rather content to stay home. And … it gives me time to dig up some fun things like I have in store for you today!
Fanni Sandor of Hungary is a miniature artist. No no … she isn’t teeny-tiny, but her art is teeny-tiny, yet in a huge sort of way! I’m just confusing the heck out of you now, aren’t I? I tend to have that effect on people sometimes. Take a look and you’ll see what I mean …
See what I mean now? Look at the detail there … everything just perfect. Ms. Sandor is a biologist who worked with nature conservation projects until she had children, but now she is a full-time miniaturist. Sandor started making her first miniatures at the age of 6, but only much later in life did she turn that passion into a profession.
“In my twenties, I saw professional miniaturists’ work for the first time through the internet. I was completely fascinated. I realized there are a lot of miniature lovers who live around the world, and some of them are making miniatures at an artistic level. That was the point when I decided I wanted to be a professional miniaturist and I wanted to make art with my works.”
“I’m used to drawing, painting, and sculpting, so I had the basic skills which are needed for this art form. I practiced a lot until I showed my first new generation of miniature work for an audience. In my work, my most important aim is to produce realistic and detailed representations.”
“The first step of making miniature animals is collecting a lot of pictures of the animal species I want to sculpt. After that, I make a few sketches of the animal. The drawing is very important, because it’s much easier to sculpt if you do some study drawings of the subject. After that, I make the sculpture. For sculpting, I use paper embossing tools and pin ending tools. After baking, I add more details to the sculpture with my carving tools. The next step is painting. It’s very important for me that I paint the finished sculpture very detailed; however, the fur or feather coat will cover the paint. And the last step is the furring or feathering. I attach the fibers or feathers to the body with a strong glue. The legs are made of wire.”
“In 2014, when I thought my miniatures were good enough, I applied for the IGMA Artisan title in the animal figures category, and I got it. (IGMA—International Guild of Miniature Artisans was founded to promote fine miniatures as an art form.) It was a great honor. After two years of hard work, in 2016, I was awarded the IGMA Fellow title (this honor is given to those whose work is the epitome of excellence) and I was over the moon.”
Aren’t these just amazing??? This woman has so much talent … I am in awe.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, whatever you do!!!