i can’t even tell you how excited i am to bring you today’s interview. when i first saw jennifer izquierdo’s handmade miniatures, i fell in love! i can just see a fun-loving couple sneaking a few of these minis into their big day – what better way to let your personality shine through than to sport the tiniest tribute as jewelry or cufflinks?! i know i would love to see a crew of bridesmaids wearing donut earrings or a groom with peanut butter and jam cufflinks. i had a chance to meet jennifer at artwalk on whyte ave, and i would happily suggest you get in touch with her – she is such a sweet and friendly individual! the best part? she takes custom orders! the only reason i haven’t placed one myself is that i can’t decide whether i’d rather show my love of pizza in the form of a pendant or a ring…
without further ado, allow me to introduce you to jennifer izquierdo of little day miniatures.
i’m a local artist, born and raised in lovely edmonton. my specialty is sculpting delicious realistic food miniatures from a medium called polymer clay. with great love and detail, i sculpt an array of sweet delights from whimsical dollhouses to teeny savoury snacks for your ears:) my work features a collection of realistic hand sculpted pieces of art that can be admired and worn. i have a wee workshop in our home where i create and dream up new ideas! my inspiration comes from my loving & supportive husband and my two lovely and silly children. i am continuously dreaming up unique ways of making the “out of the ordinary” and “weird” seem appealing and sweet at the same time. the creative jumble in my head travels a million miles per hour, with joy and peace co-inhabiting with creative chaos. it’s where “weird is gooooood!”and its only purpose is to be shared with everyone!
why do you love miniatures, and what got you started on this creative path?
have you ever watched a child observe a colony of ants carry a chicken nugget crumb and bring it back to its home? the joy and amazement in the child’s little face is priceless. being big in a tiny scale world give us an opportunity to appreciate the details and see a world from a whole new perspective… perhaps a child’s perspective. wouldn’t it be nice if we could see the “live” world from above? how awesome would it be to watch all the tiny cars drive by and the little ant sized people walking their teeny dogs while the teeny clouds water our itty bitty plants? picture it… it’s cute, right? there is a level of comfort in it. nothing is out of reach and nothing is hidden; it’s safe.
why is it that when we see things in wee size we say “awe… so cute!”? there’s something about these miniatures that is so endearing to me. they’re almost like babies. every time you’re around them they make you smile and giggle and say “oh! so cute!” i’ve also noticed that when people handle some of my teeny creations their voices change to a higher pitch, kind of like how our voices change when we talk to a baby! funny hey? i think that’s why i have great joy creating miniatures and am in awe of the detail and beauty in each tiny creation. it’s in the human reaction, the sound of joy in their voices and the eyes lighting up that makes my heart jump with joy and has me loving making teeny things today. this is my ‘soul pay’.
where can we find your work?
- you can find my work downtown in churchill square at Tix on the Square
- on my etsy shop
- on my madeurban shop
- email me: littleday [at] telus [dot] net
- i also offer workshops!
top three things you love about edmonton?
– farmer’s & artisan markets. love love love outdoor markets!
– whyte avenue! the different walks of life and specialty shops found on the Ave. I really love that!
– my garden! It’s my favourite place in the city 🙂 a sea of perennials!
yes i do! most custom orders are replicates of work that i have already done. i am still waiting for someone to order something more personalized!
in love yet?! let us know what you think of jennifer’s miniatures in the comments, or go say hey on the little day facebook page!