In this article, we talk about our talented colleagues. Who are they — our #leverxpeople?
Ekaterina Sushko 一 Makes Miniatures
一 What is your hobby?
一 I make miniature books and recently have started creating other things in miniature.
一 What is miniature creation?
一 This is a process of creating tiny things using the materials at hand. I don’t use any special tools like magnifiers; almost every miniature is handmade, but I sometimes use tweezers.
一 How tiny are your miniatures?
一 The tiniest book I’ve made is 5 mm high; the largest one is around 20 mm.
一 5 mm? The process is probably very elaborate and time-consuming. Do you have enough patience? Does it irritate you when things don't work out?
一 No, actually. I know that I will succeed sooner or later.
一 How long does it usually take to make one miniature?
一 It depends on the content, for example, and the quality that I want to have. The minimum time I have ever created one piece was 3 hours. On average, it takes 6 hours to create a miniature.
一 When did you become interested in miniature creation?
一 I got excited about miniatures when I was a child. In my high school and university years, the interest faded, but recently, it has flared up with renewed vigor.
一 Do you remember your first miniature?
一 Yes, it was an ABC book. The miniature was as simple as possible: the cover was made of the carton from a “Marko” shoebox, and the pages were just drawings with letters. By the way, I still keep it!
一 What got you into miniatures?
一 I’m obsessed with tiny and cute things. I think such things have their charm.
一 Which of your artworks is your favorite?
一 Once I created a mini-book, which included lyrics of my favorite music group. I was going to give them this book at the concert. The miniature was flawless; I also tried to convey the band's style and even attached dried flowers to the cover. Due to Covid-19, I didn’t go to the concert. So, I still keep this book, and I think this is my favorite work.
一 Perhaps you managed to monetize your hobby? Do you make custom miniatures?
一 I think it would be great to monetize my hobby in the future. But now, I create miniatures mainly for myself or friends and colleagues. I gave my last miniature to a project coworker as a gift for the New Year.
一 What was his reaction?
一 He said: “Well done”. :)
一 In addition to books, you also create miniatures of other things. What are they?
一 Now I'm creating my room in miniature. I have already made a shelf and the things it contains. I also recently completed a mini sofa.
一 What are your miniatures made of? What material are you usually using?
一 What I like the most about making mini things is that you don’t have to worry about particular materials. I can apply everything at hand to my art.
My neighbor recently gave me a bag with faux leather. And I found a use for it when I was making a sofa. When somebody gives me a business card, the first thing that comes to my mind is that this card could be an excellent flyleaf for my next book. I never bought anything intentionally.
一 Do you have any goals regarding your hobby? Is there anything you would like to create?
一 I do not have a certain point I want to get to. I just create and enjoy the process!