The Wonder of Miniature Worlds

…past & present, in theory & practice

About this blog: Miniature works and ideas by Louise Krasniewicz

A general view of the center of the scene

This blog started out as a way to document the process of creating a Miniature Setting for the Philadelphia Flower Show. It has developed into a blog about miniatures in general and a consideration of why miniatures are so prevalent in our culture. It takes the stance that, properly constructed,  miniatures are like stage sets or movie sets that invite the viewer to visit an alternative place and experience a different world. It doesn’t consider miniatures as cute playthings but as imaginative productions that are true marvels and wonders.

Louise Krasniewicz is an anthropologist and artist. In addition to creating miniatures she is studying ancient miniatures across times and cultures, miniatures in the movies, and miniatures at the World’s Fairs. Her first entry in the 2010 Flower Show miniature settings class won a Third Place ribbon despite the fact that she always felt she had no clue what she was doing. In 2011 she won a Second Place for her miniature Hawaiian Museum with its Charlie Chan murder scene. In 2013 she achieved a First Place ribbon and a Best of Show for miniature settings for the Herbology Greenhouse at Hogwarts. A Second Place in 2014 for Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and a First Place and Best of Show in 2015 for Rear Window marked the end of her exhibits at the Flower Show. The production of all these works, and their exhibit in Singapore in 2014, are documented here.

16 thoughts on “About this blog: Miniature works and ideas by Louise Krasniewicz

  1. Hello there! I am a miniaturist/dollmaker interested in participating in the 2014 Flower Show Miniatures Settings. I went to their site and found nothing at all useful or otherwise. However I did download an application, which seems inconclusive if this is even the correct form, or if this is how you apply for this class. I will put a call into them tomorrow… any info you may forward may be helpful, like, did I already miss the proposal deadline, and do I need to belong to a particular group to apply or submit? My sister has belonged to the PHS for many years and we go to the show each year 🙂 Thanks for your reply

  2. I’ve followed for awhile but haven’t taken the time to really explore. Thank you for all your wonderful posts. A miniature enthusiast myself – I’m a mini diorama photographer, I truly appreciate reading your views on the miniature world.

  3. Hi The Wonder of Miniature Worlds Team,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog The Wonder of Miniature Worlds has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Miniature Blogs on the web.

    http://blog.feedspot.com/miniature_blogs/

    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Miniature Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.

    Best,
    Anuj

  4. Dr. Krasniewicz, I came back from Comic-Con International: San Diego yesterday and found your business card in my luggage! Forgive me, but in the hustle ‘n’ bustle of CCI I don’t remember meeting you, though I’m sure I must have (unless someone else gave me your card). I’m terribly afraid I’ve forgotten something important — please forgive! Anyway, your card brought me here, and my wife and I have just been marveling at the extraordinary miniature scenes and environments you’ve created! Amazing work, and I enjoy reading the philosophical/critical pieces about miniature art as well. I’m bookmarking this site, and will seek out your Disney bio as well! Thanks.

    1. That happens to me all the time! I collect cards and try to connect them to a person. You and I talked after you moderated a panel on biographical/autobiographical comics and I thanked you for doing it. I have bought 3 of the works from the panel so far and plan to get the 4th. Thanks for your kind comments about my miniature work.

      1. Dear Louise (if I may), thanks for your kind reply! Glad the SDCC panel was useful to you — those are some great graphic books! I will keep in touch… With thanks for your awesome work!

  5. Hi Louise,

    I came across your blog through browsing informtion on S. Stewart’s On Longing . Just want to share with you a friend’s roof garden in Taipei, Taiwan.

    Your blog is great!

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