Small is beautiful: Meet Hyd-based miniature artist Ridhi, who is a hit on Instagram

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Miniature art is gaining ground all over the world. Intricate works of art weighing as little as a few milligrams take artists everywhere. While violins, teddy bears, toys, globes and many such objects have been encountered in miniature art form, meet Ridhi Gupta from Hyderabad who has become an Instagram entrepreneur with her art miniature that captures moments of life. Whether it’s you on top of a mountain or your family at a party or out with your friends, Ridhi freezes memorable moments of your life into tiny works of art.

Ridhi started her Teeny Genie Instagram page a year and a half ago while she was still pursuing her studies.

“I decided to start taking orders after I finished making a piece for my friend. She really liked my work and I thought why not turn the craft into a business,” says Ridhi.

Although her works look quite professional, Ridhi says she is an artist by passion and has never had any formal training. She started quilling, an art that uses strips of paper to create decorative designs, at age 14 and eventually began to dabble in miniature art.

“I started with miniatures of everyday objects. It was similar to quilling but needed more detail and time to finish. I started learning about thumbnails through YouTube videos and started improvising. My first attempt to recreate something close to life was totally unplanned. My sister was getting married and I wanted to give her something memorable. So I made a miniature of her and my brother-in-law, after I was done I realized I really could do this! Ridhi laughs.

Most of Ridhi’s artwork is made from leftovers from his previous miniatures and discarded or readily available items at home. Although ready-made pieces for miniature art are available in the market, what makes Ridhi’s works special is that every detail of the miniature is handmade, although it may take time. time, Ridhi said.

“All my miniatures are made from scratch. I try as much as possible to reuse things that are already available at home. Lots of leftover paper can be used to detail the next miniature, and clothes are great substitutes for curtains. It takes a lot of patience and sometimes more than a week to finish customizing a single piece,” says Ridhi.

A striking feature of Ridhi’s works is his depiction of women at different stages of their profession. In fact, the first work that brought the artist much success was the theme of working women at a party at his college.

“Last year at an inter-college festival held at our university, I set up a booth with some of my custom artwork. I wanted to follow a theme and made miniatures of women in different professions, all from different age groups. I left a small space for name tags for customers to customize according to their preferences. My first fans started after the college festival,” Ridhi smiled.

Whether it’s the 21-year-old glued to his laptop, the balcony scene of Romeo and Juliet or the girl in a pretty blue and white dress piling books on a shelf, Ridhi has a story behind each of her creations. She recently finished customizing an order for a client where there is an office on one side and a zoo on the other.

“The piece was commissioned for an engineer who actually wanted to be a zookeeper,” laughs Ridhi, adding, “So I put a profession written on a board on one side and a passion on the other. also asked for two different clocks on both sides one with Indian standard time and one with US times I did the same with exact time offset and I think it’s that kind of detail that appeals to customers.

Another striking work by Ridhi is an office room with five women in white t-shirts, all listening with rapt attention to another woman explaining a power point presentation. On one of the walls there is a real photo of the five women and on another a witty quote. The fine detail makes it hard to believe that all of this together weighs only a few grams!

So far, Ridhi has not done any marketing or advertising to run his business on social media. It is only by word of mouth that she manages the store. As a BVoc (Retail and IT) student, it hasn’t been easy managing both college and business, she says.

“Before, I only fulfilled 3 or 4 orders per month, because university work inevitably piled up. I had to prioritize studies over business every day. But now that I have finished my studies, I “aims to take more orders from customers. Also, my degree in retail and computer science will help me grow my business and one day open an online store,” adds Ridhi.

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