De ce sa colectionam miniaturile?.

Uneori frumosul care ne inconjoara nu poate fi pastrat in intimitatea noastra datorita dimensiunilor mult prea mari. Si totusi, prin arta miniaturilor, acest lucru este posibil.


It all started almost 10 years ago, after i came back from UK where i felt in love with the Lilliput Lane cottages. The jurney that i started was nothing but a pain and failure. Imagine how it would be to make a cake without knowing what ingredients to use... Well, just look at my first creation in the corner and you will pretty much say that a 3 years old child could do it better. I started to spend a fortune on expensive materials, tools, info. over youtube, to discover that nobody in this field will tell you the truth and that no matter how many books you will read, you will end up nowhere.

But then again, you can do some basic things with ordinary materials and some skills, unfortunately i do seek perfection which i will never achieve but at least i will always be a step closer! So, after spending and spending and spending, trying and trying and trying, slowly i evolved. I also discovered that talent is needed in a ration of 60%, the rest, to my surprize is practice and when i say practive, well a whole lot of it! On the next page you will see the clear evolution of my technique and also the discovering of new and better materials.

Part 2

Now, if you wonder why i'm so obsessed with owls, mushrooms and castles, just stop wondering! I have no idea. I'm just in love with this elements. They are so full with magic and together they fascinate me so much that i tend to think that i once was an owl sitting all day long on a mushroom and contemplating over the castles that i saw in front o my huge eyes :) Well don't you get and obsession if you have such a life?

And yes... i am proud to say that i might be a little bit crazy, but this craziness is the ingredient that creates my world so i could say that in my case, i'm happy to be crazy!

Understanding Castelini

In order to understand my art, just take a sheet of paper, cut it into tiny pieces( around 3mm squares) until you have around 400 and then start building the roof. Just find a tweezer and imagine that you use the 3mm pieces to overlay the tiles of a roof. After you will lay around 30, you will be way to bored, but at least you got the picture!

Well here is the second creation(picture 2), the first model which had a latex mould and it was made out of cheap plaster. I wanted to make a Christmas edition so i used some sugar ( total disaster, as you can see). This unique "one of a kind" model is the house of my parents so it does have a very special value to me.(2007)

How it's made!

In order to understand the work of art that is all around us, you should first make it yourself! Well that's my personal advice to you because i know how my understanding of art and time involved in making it, has changed since i started to invest time in it. But in case you don't feel the urge to create things, i will explain it to you step by step so that you can get an idea of my type of art and the process involved. First of all you need lots of tools( in the pic below, you can see 30% of the tools i use).Then you need lots of chemicals, very expensive ones if you want quality. Now, all this things combined with some talent + hundreds of hours of work will eventually result in a tiny piece of art. The first material to start with is the special plasticine that you will sculpt and model until you have the piece ready. This is also called the "master model". Unfortunately, the model will be destroyed in the next process.(after so many hours of work, you have to destroy it in order to have the final product, it does hurt a bit to see your work destroyed but sacrifices must be made :)) So, i finished carving hundreds of bricks, laying hundreds of tiles, piece by piece on the roof, making dozens of windows, doors and thousands of architectural mouldings. Next, i will have to make the mould( matrita) so that i can replicate the model. For this step, i need so many materials and so much process involved that 2 pages would not be enough to describe everything. This is the step where i am so so excited that you have no idea. If anything goes wrong here, all my work is gone. The smallest mistake can cost my whole work because if the mold(matrita*) is with defects, the final miniature will be with defects which is a total disaster and the process cannot be repeated because the master model is destroyed. You can see the finished molds(matrite*) on the left page. They are very flexible and they carry inside millions of details and textures that will replicate my miniature. Also up above you can see me working on a master model( Palatul Culturii). I was laying the tiles on the roof. Thanks to a lot of electrical devices such as vacuum chambers, vibrating tables and many more, i create the mold(matrita*) and if the mold is perfect, i can procede to the next process which involves the plaster. You can see this process in the background, you seal the mold( matrita*) and fill it up with plaster(very special one) mixed with water. The worst enemy you can have here is the air which will form bubbles and destroy your miniature. The last step is the drying and painting of the miniature.(making the wood base etc.)


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