Wearable Painted Miniatures

Brooklyn, New York 122 Sales On Etsy since 2015

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Wearable Painted Miniatures

Brooklyn, New York | 122 Sales

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Jenn Cortes

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Jenn Cortes



Alternate Empire was born out of a fine arts project of creating small one inch paintings that evolved into wearable original drawings and paintings, with design influences from the 18th through the early 20th centuries. The miniature subjects range from wildlife to anatomical themes and are set within a various accoutrements, such as pendants, earrings, brooches, lapel pins and more. No work is ever printed and completely one of a kind. All items are made by Jenn Cortés in her small Greenpoint workshop. Jenn Cortés, owner and sole creator of Alternate Empire, studied Art History and Painting at CUNY Hunter College and works in historical research for fine art and design auctions.

This shop was created in February 2015 in order to make all my work available to a vast community of like-minded humans. Each small painting takes about 2-3 days to complete. If you are in the NYC area and would like to pick up a purchase in person or make a studio visit, please send over a kind message to make an appointment.

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  • Jenn Cortes

    Owner, Creator

    Hey there! My name is Jenn and I have been a painter for about 15 years. Much of my work is inspired by the natural and mythical world, often times combining both in traditional paintings and wearable artworks.

Production partners

  • Mori Tori

    Brooklyn, NY

    Mori Tori is an illustrator and graphic designer. We collaborated on the concept and execution of the Bosch series.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 8, 2019
Thank you for checking out my work! Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in a commission or custom work.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept exchanges or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
If item is damaged, you will have a choice of returning and having the item repaired (shipping is reimbursed) or a 20% coupon code to use in the shop. This offer is only valid within 60 days of item delivery.

If you have a change of heart after receiving the item, you must contact me within 7 days of item(s) arrival to delivered address. Item must be returned within 14 days of contact for a refund or shop credit of equal value. Cost of shipping will not be included in refund or shop credit.
Payment expected in full for listed items. Please contact for a customized work. After details are agreed, a custom listing will be created with full payment details.
Once an order is placed, item will ship within 5 business days. Commissions and custom orders will take longer. This depends on the details of the order. The time frame will be discussed before the custom Etsy listing is created.

Shipping for each listing is calculated without insurance. If you would like to add insurance, please let me know.