rowing up, I watched my parents cultivate bonsai, and each day, patiently prune, wire, and care for their miniaturized landscapes. From a young age, I’ve coveted miniature things because they are scaled down to a point in which you must take notice; it plays with our visual perception, and the little details evoke endless wonder. O-Young Lee, author of The Compact Culture, says that we “reduce the world in order to understand it, reduce the world in order to express it, reduce the world in order to manipulate it.” I think that last part is very true of my own culture and personality. When asked why bonsai was such an interesting art to them, my parents’ response was, “It allows us the most control in a big world of chaos, and that makes us happy.” This is the same reason my handwriting is so small; it’s because I have the most control in the smallest of strokes, and can fill one page with more words than someone with regular-sized handwriting could in ten. And it just feels more efficient and sustainable.
Seeing Stéphanie Kilgast’s miniatures had manifested more thoughts on the subject than I could expound on in one post, and really, I’m here to talk about her project because it’s wonderful. Crafting tiny food and dollhouses is her passion, and with a degree in architecture, her technical mastery certainly shines through. Stéphanie’s Flickr feed contains a delightful collection of 1:12 scale minifoods, modular dollhouses, and minifoods inside the dollhouses. She also sells her little creations on Etsy, including other adorable items.