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Shrinking World

Posted in ART, DESIGN, HOME with tags , , , , , , on February 12, 2010 by echostains


our miniature cake attempt (and tins)

As the post before this was about Ron Mueck’s hyperrealist sculptures – works of huge proportions, I though I would post about the interesting world of miniatures.  I’ve always loved miniatures.  There is something so aesthetically pleasing about them. 

loved making these!

To make them is like recreating your own little world.  But the very art of making these tiny items is indeed difficult and there are some amazing miniature artists around, that put mine and my daughters efforts to shame.  We did enjoy doing them though and found it quite challenging!

quite Archimboldo don’t you think?

The scale of these is 1/12th and they are made of just ordinary Fimo clay that you bake in an ordinary oven.  We made these tiny cakes and fruit and vegetables a few years ago.  I did have tiny plates with meals on too, but I lost those.

our mini meats

Here’s some exquisite examples of miniature cakes and puddings!  Looks delicious – and the chocolate sauce is very realistic.  There are lots of materials, pastes, liquids available for the real enthusiast, plus many books on the subject.

these are exuisite! not made by us

I quite like the simplicity of this salad veg stall.  It is available HERE.  A lot of people opt for having a shop instead of a doll’s house, taking great delight in stocking it to their own requirements.  When the shops are finished, they make nice ornaments.

lovely veg stall

 The Min Food Blog is a particularly lovely one dedicated to miniatures – look HERE

butchers shop (Mini Food blog)


All that wonderful meat on display!  Making meat is particularly challenging.  The ones which we made (below) include  Black puddings which are threaded with dental floss and I think, had talcum powder rubbed into it lol!  It’s true the chicken could have done with more work…


enjoyed doing the black puds!


On the Town

Posted in ART, ART HISTORY, exhibitions, HOME, OUT AND ABOUT MANCHESTER, SCULPTURE with tags , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2010 by echostains

Manchester Art Gallery

It was National Museum day 1st February.  I followed the Tate Modern London, Tate Liverpool, Dox Prague and Beamish.  But you don’t have to wait for a special day to support museums – you can support them any time and the best way is to actually visit them.  I love popping into the Manchester City Gallery when ever I’m in town.  The last exhibition was ‘Women and Anarchy (women Surrealists) which I wrote about HERE.


The head of Mueck's 'Wild Man'

We went to the Manchester City Art Gallery today.  That is another museum that I follow on Twitter.  There are 3 works being exhibited by Hyper-Realist artist Ron Mueck  (4th Feb – April 10)  Artist’s Rooms and an exhibition called Facing East:  Recent work from China, India and Japan from the Frank Cohen Collection.  Mueck’s ‘Wild Man” is colossal and dominates the room.  the naked model sits down, a wild nervous look upon his face.  this has to be seen to be believed!  Mask 111 also huge, you can see each pore in the skin.  The Spooning couple’ was quite small,  deliberate so the viewer invades this private moment by their close scrutiny.

Following on from the enormous success of 2009, Manchester Art Gallery is one of 21 museums and galleries across the UK showing 25 ARTIST ROOMS displays drawn from the collection created by the dealer and collector, Anthony d’Offay, and acquired by the nation in February 2008.

ARTIST ROOMS on Tour with The Art Fund has been devised to enable this collection held by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland, to reach and inspire new audiences across the country, particularly young people.

Behind the scene view of Mask 3

More Hyperealist artists HERE
There are some pretty amazing paintings and objects on display in Manchester City Art Gallery, including a very fine collection of Pre Raphaelite paintings and some unbelievable Adolphe Valette paintings and life drawings which I shall be writing about later.
There’s another post I wrote about Ron Mueck with more pics of his work HERE
Follow a museum HERE on Twitter or just…folow a museum!