LindaGaleMiniatures' Profile

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My first 'miniature' was a tiny rubber 'sitting doll' - the kind you used to buy for 10 cents at the variety store. I was 6-7, and delighted in dressing it, using bits and pieces of lace, fabric and other trims. Everyone was amazed at my 'talent' - which, fortunately, has grown a bit as I have gotten older! ;D

About 25 years ago, more or less, I was mentored (into the type of miniatures that I make now) by Jacqueline, of Jacqueline's Miniatures, in Houston, Texas. With full access to her marvelous, large shop, and a big classroom, I enjoyed our association for several years.

We moved to Atlanta, and Miniature Designs, in Duluth (a suburb), became my 'miniature place away from home'. Most of my recent work was sold there - as 'miniatures on the Internet' was in it's 'infant' stage. I enjoyed teaching classes there, as well. It was while we lived…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 29
  • Joined October 24, 2009

Favorite materials

Fabric, wood

About

My first 'miniature' was a tiny rubber 'sitting doll' - the kind you used to buy for 10 cents at the variety store. I was 6-7, and delighted in dressing it, using bits and pieces of lace, fabric and other trims. Everyone was amazed at my 'talent' - which, fortunately, has grown a bit as I have gotten older! ;D

About 25 years ago, more or less, I was mentored (into the type of miniatures that I make now) by Jacqueline, of Jacqueline's Miniatures, in Houston, Texas. With full access to her marvelous, large shop, and a big classroom, I enjoyed our association for several years.

We moved to Atlanta, and Miniature Designs, in Duluth (a suburb), became my 'miniature place away from home'. Most of my recent work was sold there - as 'miniatures on the Internet' was in it's 'infant' stage. I enjoyed teaching classes there, as well. It was while we lived in Atlanta that I obtained my IGMA Artisan status, and I am working on my Fellow status now.

We moved to Omaha, Nebraska, 5-6 years ago, and to my dismay, there is no miniature shop closer than Kansas City - about 3 hours drive from Omaha. Thank heavens for the Internet! I'd be lost without silk ribbon, angel lace, special wood trims and many other supplies that I can't do without!

If you were 'into miniatures' in the 70's and 80's, in Texas, you may have seen me at some of the shows in Houston, Dallas and San Antonio.

"Real life" entered the picture a few years ago, and I had to postpone my miniature career for a few years. Now that I am 'semi-retired' (whatever that means - I still don't have much spare time!) - I can devote my time to making miniatures - which is my 'first' passion.

I love the creative process, and the challenge of making something work, after I envisioon it. Sometimes it takes quite a bit of work to figure out just how to do it - and it can be a frustrating process, because of that.

I am something of an 'odd ball' in the World of Miniatures. I enjoy working with fabric, obviously, but I also enjoy working with wood - finding it rather sensuous to sculpt wood and build furniture. My first dressed mannequins were individually carved from a wood block. Unfortunately, that is no longer possible, but I continue to offer a molded, voluptuous, elegant mannequin - dressed for the setting she will be seen in. My favorite 'outfit' is a black satin night gown, with a sheer black pegnoir, flowing over it - and lots of black lace, of course! I don't know of any other miniaturist that works in sheer fabrics, like I do. They are a challenge - but they look so wonderful, that it is worth all the time it takes to make them look 'real'.

It usually takes 7-10 days to make one of my more 'frou-frou' beds. I build them 'from the floor up', starting with the 'box springs' and ending at the canopy. The dust ruffle, canopy ruffle and draperies obviously take the most time, but fiddling with those darned little pillows can take 1-2 days as I twiddle with them until they look just right.

I am in the process of designing a new line of "affordable" artisan pieces - beds, dressing tables, furnishings and accessories that you can 'mix and match' in three colorways and furniture styles. I think this will be an exciting new line - styled like those gloriously decadent rooms in Southern Living magazine - rooms for today that look like yesterday - in today's colors. I'd love to have your input about things you might like to see!

After a lot of requests, I am also embarking on 1/2-scale beds, tables, etc. I'll try to have at least one here by the end of January 2010.

PLEASE CONTACT ME....
If I can answer your QUESTION....
If I can help you with a CUSTOM CREATION...
If you would like to schedule a WORKSHOP...
Or I can help in any other way.
Linda Gale

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