A Mitralaxmi challenged to create miniature art from paper

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A Mitralaxmi takes on the challenge of creating miniature art out of paper, whether it’s a 2D likeness of actor Vijay Sethupathy or burgers and sandwiches

A Mitralaxmi remembers that afternoon when she received a message on Instagram. “It was from a close friend of actor Vijay Sethupathy who wanted to personalize a present for the actor for his birthday,” she says.

A model of actor Vijay Sethupathy

A model of actor Vijay Sethupathy

It took him two weeks to make a 2D miniature of the actor’s face and a 3D miniature of a vintage camera. “I traced his portrait on black paper and cut and pasted it onto a frame. The camera was made of wood and had a slot for inserting photographs. Vijay Sethupathy loved it and I’m thrilled,” she said. Mitralaxmi, who has a day job as an auditor at a private company, has been making miniature art for a year. “It all started when a friend asked me to find some personalized gift tags for her wedding. I couldn’t find anything that suited my tastes and ended up making 250 handmade paper tags,” says -she.

Mitralaxmi says it was natural for her to be interested in craftsmanship. “My father owned a print shop and I had access to different types of paper. I loved origami and experimented with folds and patterns. She says she learned miniature art through trial and error. “While there are many tutorial videos online about clay miniatures, I couldn’t find any good ones using paper, so I developed my own ways,” she explains.

Food product miniatures

His first 3D work was done for Deepavali and it featured tiny candies and crackers made from colored graph paper. “It went well and gave me confidence,” she says. She has also recreated dumplings, noodles, burgers, sandwiches, and paper fries for a cafe. “They were set up in a photo booth at the restaurant and lots of customers took pictures of my products. It felt good to see my work appear on Instagram the next day,” she recalls. Mitralaxmi’s toughest job was was to create a Canon 5D camera model. It took her a week to complete and she referred to several photographs to get the details right. “It was only two inches tall. I made the body with cardboard and I covered it with black graph paper.Later I painted the buttons.

She started working with MDF wood. “It’s stronger and so much easier than paper. I imported a machine from the United States to cut wood into shapes. Once done, I glue the pieces together,” she explains. “I work on my miniature art on the weekends and in the evenings after work. Getting the shapes without creasing the paper is the challenge. But once the final product is ready, there is no greater happiness.

Find his works on

  • Instagram – miniatures.handcrafted
  • Facebook – @miniatures.handcrafted

Mitralaxmi says she enjoys participating in pop-up exhibitions and shows because she can get an idea of ​​what people want. “I met a few collectors at my Art Street stand and they offered to open a shop here,” she smiles but specifies that it is not yet planned. Mithralaxmi has just completed a miniature cardboard sewing machine for a knitting business in Tirupur. “My next project is to recreate human faces with paper. It’s not easy, but I know I’ll find a way,” she smiles.

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