Small Talk Tag: Nature

Miniature Masterworks: Beth Freeman-Kane

Beth Freeman-Kane sculpts finely detailed compositions of birds and animals in natural scenes. With some formal art training, she uses sculpture and visual stories of the small things that are often overlooked in nature.

Freeman-Kane is one of more than sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017. She will be giving a gallery talk about her work in the T/m collection and the inspiration behind it on September 17 at 2:30pm.

Miniature Masterworks: Sandra Wall Rubin

Sandra Wall Rubin strives for maximum realism in her miniature floral pieces. Although she has worked on articulated wooden toys, miniature millinery, and sculpted clay figures, her main focus is miniature flower construction and arranging. She is self-taught and uses the finest materials. Constant experimentation helps her to achieve the best possible floral designs.

Rubin is one of more than sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017.

Miniature Masterworks: Carol Wagner

Carol Wagner made her first rose bushes in 2003 to adorn a Craftsman bungalow. Unable to find the appropriate paper punches, Wagner cuts the shapes for her plants and flowers by hand out of artist-quality, acid-free rice paper with the smallest cuticle scissors she can find. She washes each piece in layers of color before cutting to create a miniature world of botanicals.

Wagner is one of more than sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017.

Miniature Masterworks: Pia Becker

Here at T/m, we wish we had a dollar for every time a story started with a childhood dollhouse.  Pia Becker’s story would make us one dollar richer! She filled the dollhouse her father made for her with purchased treasures, until she discovered that she could make her own.  A workshop in making tiny orchids led to a career as a miniature florist!

Working with paper and wire, Becker challenges herself to create the most natural looking plants and flowers possible. The key, she says, is in the imperfections: plants do not grow straight, they get brown spots from too much (or too little) sun and water, and no two leaves or blossoms are the same. You can learn her tricks of the trade at the IGMA Guild School.

Pia Becker is one of over sixty artists participating in Miniature Masterworks, September 15-17, 2017.

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