I have been involved with making miniatures for over 55 years after I received my first metal dollhouse from Santa. I starting at a young age learning hand embroidery, in addition to making blankets, pillows and rugs to go in my dollhouse and sewing wardrobes for my favorite Barbie dolls. Thru the years I have been consumed with the creative process in many areas of my life which lends itself nicely to miniatures.
I have a Bachelor's of Science degree in Home Economics which included several art and interior design classes. I also worked as an interior decorator, owner and operator of an alterations shop which also included making custom draperies and bedspreads for customers.
In the past I made and sold porcelain dolls but none were miniature. I do now have many naked miniature dolls made by other artists which desperately need dressed! Oh, I did finish the Eliza Doolittle doll at the NAME convention in Cleveland.
I attended the Martha Pullen School of Heirloom Sewing which included French heirloom sewing techniques and smocking where I was exposed to the most exquisite fine French lace, batiste, and silk ribbons. I have much vintage lace and trims to now work with but it is just finding time for all my ideas.
I continue learning and expanding my knowledge in various mediums by attending classes, conventions, participating in miniature shows, and traveling to gain insight and first hand experience in studying historical items as well as present day creations and techniques both in real life and in miniature.
I always give back to our hobby by donating handcrafted items to conventions I attend and shows I attend as a vendor.
Recently I had two displays I created featured in the June 2016 issue of the Miniature Collector.
I do extensive research in order to hone my skills which I can pass on to you with the various items that I create.
My husband is also involved in the manufacturing of some of these miniatures. He is a tremendous help when it comes to helping me doing shows and figuring out the multitude of various machines and their workings. He is also my mailman and goes to the post office when I need packages mailed to my customers.
Constantly learning makes this hobby and art form so exciting and fun! I hope you join in this loving hobby and pass it on to others.
~ Susan Clark