A couple of years ago I became fascinated by miniatures and began making tiny items for collectors' dolls' houses. I especially like making houses and cottages of the humbler sort, but recently have found what I love best is making miniature flowers and plants. It shouldn't have come as a surprise because flowers were always a favourite subject for painting, and making them in miniature uses a lot of the skills learnt at art college, not least of which was learning to look.

I prefer generally to make the sort of flowers and plants that are in my garden, rather than perfect florist blooms. I want them to look as if they are growing or have just been cut, which means they are not florist-perfect (especially not from my garden!) The pot may be cracked or mossy and even have a weed growing alongside it... Some flowers may be overblown, or not yet open... A leaf or two may be blemished... and so on.

My miniature flowers and plants have been featured in the Dolls' House Magazine issues 184 and 200, and I am writing a series of projects to be included 2014-15.

I am a delighted to be a member of AIM, Artisans in Miniature, and contribute regularly to the AIM online magazine.
Issue 55 of the AIM imag is available now from the AIM website. It’s free to look at online, download and print.
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I graduated in Fine Art from Coleg Menai (University of Wales) as a mature student in 2004. Since then I have exhibited in solo and group shows in Wales and England.
AIM magazine, issue 50
If you are keen on miniature DIY, you might like to join a great online group I mod for - The Miniature Beehive. The Beehive was created by Bea Broadwood of Petite Properties as a fun meeting place for miniature DIY enthusiasts to share tips, ideas and techniques. We have members interested in all scales, and we discuss them all.
Join us in The Miniature Beehive forum, you can be sure of a warm welcome. Just go to our homepage and click on ‘Join This Group’.
To find out about the wonderful miniature world in kit form of Petite Properties, click on Thimble Cottage (available - with lots of other kits - from their online shop).
Dolls' House Magazine, issue 200
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Dolls' House Magazine projects, issues 202, 203, 205