The details are not the details.

They make the design.

Charles Eames

 
 
 
 

I MAKE PRETTY THINGS

MINIATURES
BOTANICAL JEWLERY

good things come in really

small packages

beans, twigs,

seeds and nuts ?

OH MY!

Thirty years ago competitive floral design started me on a path to designing miniatures and botanical jewelry.  My minis and jewelry have been featured in many venues, including

The Philadelphia Flower Show

Newport (RI) Flower Show

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology

Art at the Airport Program at the Philadelphia International Airport

I hope you enjoy viewing my work as much as I enjoy creating it.

Good things come in really small packages.

The challenge of duplicating everyday items in small scale is what got me interested in miniatures twenty years ago.  Finding ways to perfect this skill is what keeps me interested.

I'm easily inspired by a delicious plate of food, a beautiful flower, travel somewhere new or down an old familiar path.  Almost anything can be duplicated in miniature with enough research, time and persistence.

The process starts and ends with my favorite tool, a ruler.  It's well-used and always within reach because if just one component is out of scale the look and feel of the entire piece is wrong.  My biggest self restraint is knowing when to stop adding components and just let each one stand on its' own merits.

I hope you enjoy viewing my work as much as I enjoy the challenge of creating it.

ABOUT MY MINIATURES

ABOUT MY BOTANICAL JEWELRY

What is Botanical Jewelry?

Jewelry (usually displayed under glass) created from dried plant materials, appropriately sized with the appearance of functionality.

My first piece of botanical jewelry was created on a dare.  It was a bet with myself that I couldn't make a piece good enough to pass muster in a prestigious flower show.  The charge was to interpret a necklace fit for a queen. I chose Nefertiti.  The time frame for completion was 3 months and I needed every day

The plant materials I chose to execute this piece are show on the card below the image.

Happily, I lost that bet and came home with the prize for Best In Show.  I guess you could call it beginners luck but I like to think of it as a whole new way of looking at all kinds of dried beans, seeds, pods, vines, petals......

Welcome to My Gallery

click on an image for a closer look

Miniature

"Vineyard"

13"H x 19"W x 8"D

Materials:

Wood, Grapevine, Paper, Clay, Paint

scale reference for image above: round violet orb over table is 3/4" in diameter.

Miniature

Perfume Shop

10.5"H x 12.25"W x 3"D

Materials:

Wood, Glass, Wire, Paper, Metal, Paint

scale reference: door is 2.5" wide

Botanical Jewelry

Modern Necklace

Dried Materials:

Banana leaf, Corn husk, Soybean, Reed, Bird of Paradise Leaf Stem

Botanical Jewelry

Nefertiti Necklace detail

 

I will be exhibiting my miniatures at the Philadelphia Miniaturia Show

November 3-5, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cherry Hill, NJ

For more information visit: www.philadelphiaminiaturia.com

 

The Open Studio Tour was a wonderful experience!! 

Thank you to all my visitors.

LBI Artists Open Studio Tour

June 24th and 25th, 2017 10am to 4pm

For more information visit: www.http://lbiartists.com 

My studio will be open and I will be here to answer your questions about my work.

If you've never been to LBI here's another reason to visit us!!

WHAT'S NEW

 

Ginny Friedman

gf@ginnyfriedman.com