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Miniature Masterworks: Masako Sharra

Miniature Masterworks: Masako Sharra

Masako Sharra is attending Miniature Masterworks as an Emerging Artist, a special designation recognizing new and rising talent in fine-scale miniature making. After moving to the United States from Tokyo, Sharra found an admiration for the beauty of wood and the history of furniture, but was unsure of her ability to make full-size furniture. Sharra has been making miniature furniture that respects the beautiful details of the original craftsman’s techniques.

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

 

Miniature Masterworks: Nell Corkin

Miniature Masterworks: Nell Corkin

Nell Corkin creates original, landscaped buildings in 1:144 scale. Her first miniature was a shoebox house made at the age of five. In the 1980s, she made her first 1:144 scale building during her lunch breaks as a professional model maker for a motion picture studio. She has worked exclusively in the scale ever since.

Corkin 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 10:30am.

Miniature Masterworks: Brooke Rothshank

Miniature Masterworks: Brooke Rothshank

Brooke Rothshank is a children’s book illustrator and fine-scale miniature painter. Her subject matter, painted in watercolor or egg tempera, is often influenced by what is happening in her life. She equates her work to a visual journal; in 2015, she did a miniature painting every single day for the entire year.

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

Miniature Masterworks: Nancy Simpson

Miniature Masterworks: Nancy Simpson

Nancy Simpson experimented with many different crafts before finding her signature: Nantucket and Shaker baskets. Simpson forms her baskets on models that she turns herself using the same materials found in full-scale baskets: hardwood, cane, brass, and ivory. Now, she is beginning to experiment with original designs in the style of Nantucket and Shaker baskets.

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

Miniature Masterworks: Gail St. Clair

Miniature Masterworks: Gail St. Clair

Gail St. Clair was introduced to miniatures on a childhood trip to see Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle in Chicago. She was also taught to crochet by an aunt. She combined the two in the 1990s after receiving a 1:12 scale doll whose clothes she believed she could improve. She now uses a vintage, size 18 crochet hook and 100 weight silk sewing thread for her projects.

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

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