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Mini escapes! I get to make them. Whoooeee, lucky me.
You know, the place you want to go instead of where you are. Nostalgic landscapes, spirit animals, inside jokes: this is the good stuff that reminds you why you are you, and nobody else.

A few years ago, when I was working with a crew of wonderful folks to recreate the gold-leaf art deco designs on the Empire State Building, boy, I thought I had really made it. Painting murals in New York City. Hot stuff. But, you know, big and fancy doesn't mean happy. My ego had climbed the ladder, but I was exhausted, full of obscure toxins and in tears when I couldn't get a shadow right.

There have always been paints and brushes and canvases in my life. Miniatures were an experimental accident that I never expected much from (honestly, those first attempts were awfully blobby). I think it is…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 15
  • Joined November 25, 2007

Favorite materials

Oil enamel, Raw brass, Raw copper, Childhood book illustrations, All things rusted, busted and found in the corners of old drawers

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About

Mini escapes! I get to make them. Whoooeee, lucky me.
You know, the place you want to go instead of where you are. Nostalgic landscapes, spirit animals, inside jokes: this is the good stuff that reminds you why you are you, and nobody else.

A few years ago, when I was working with a crew of wonderful folks to recreate the gold-leaf art deco designs on the Empire State Building, boy, I thought I had really made it. Painting murals in New York City. Hot stuff. But, you know, big and fancy doesn't mean happy. My ego had climbed the ladder, but I was exhausted, full of obscure toxins and in tears when I couldn't get a shadow right.

There have always been paints and brushes and canvases in my life. Miniatures were an experimental accident that I never expected much from (honestly, those first attempts were awfully blobby). I think it is combination of both the idea - having something inspiring in a secret, personal place - and the attentive, skilled craft, that make these little things so magnetic.

All of my pieces are made in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I source the hardware, connect all the pieces, and oxidize them to reach various patinas that suit the theme or subject of each piece. Everything is painted from scratch, by my own hands, and no two pieces are exactly the same; they could not possibly be!

Thank you so much for all the business and stories that you've sent my way; people have opened themselves up for the sake of personal pieces, and I find it continually amazing.

Love,
Khara

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