Ten amateur craftspeople (pictured) compete in Channel 4’s latest reality show, The Great Big Tiny Design Challenge.
In the footsteps of The Great Pottery Throw Down and The Great British Sewing Beeamateur crafters go head-to-head in the latest reality show from Channel 4The Big Tiny Design Challenge.
The show will be presented by Favorite TV Sandi Toksvigwho viewers will recognize for his recent role in hosting another Channel 4 show – the hugely successful The Great British Bake Off.
So what exactly is the new show about, when is it airing and who are the contestants?
What is the Great Big Tiny Design Challenge?
The show will see artisans from across Britain compete to create the ultimate fantasy home – in miniature form.
The eight-part series sees designers compete to create tiny furniture for dollhouses.
They will create their tiny homes piece by piece, with each room to be fully furnished in a different interior design theme.
Viewers can expect to see many periods of history, from regency to art deco, and many small home essentials, whether it’s small tables, toilets, curtains or of food.
Competitors must create all content reduced to one-twelfth of their usual size to fit in the house.
Who are the judges?
There are two judges on the show, micro-sculptor Dr Willard Wigan MBE and interior design guru Laura Jackson.
Dr Wigan said: “What was amazing about this program was that it was very difficult to send such talented people home. So many emotions came out during filming. It was so much fun, I enjoyed every minute.
The duo must critique the results of the competitor’s work and then must cut down the miniaturists piece by piece, week by week.
Jackson said, “There’s a whole world of miniatures and miniacs that are really setting this trend. I think it’s definitely entering the mainstream. It’s an escape from everything that’s going on right now, and I think that’s what people are looking for right now.”
Viewers will also be able to follow host Sandi Toksvig as she shrinks to take a quick tour of each of the completed plays.
Only when the mini mansion is complete can a person be crowned the winner of the Great Big Tiny Design Challenge.
Who are the competitors?
There are 10 contestants on the show:
Beth grew up in North London and lived in France for 15 years where she taught English to French students.
She now works as a magistrate in addition to being a mother of three adult children and stepmother to her partner’s three adult children.
She likes to spend as much time as possible in her garden house transformed into a miniature workshop.
Beth said, “I still have my mini face! I always look at things and wonder how can I make this miniature? »
Location: London and Southport
Occupation: animation director
Bexie’s father is a music composer and her mother is a television and computer game designer mother, so, unsurprisingly, she is a very creative person.
She completed a bachelor’s degree in animation followed by a master’s degree in animation directing at the National School of Cinema and Television.
Bexie has made a career of making animation, and it was when she needed to build miniature movie sets that she really found a flair for small creations.
Occupation: Mechanical Engineer
Dom studied product design and now works in mechanical engineering.
His favorite thing about crafting is the community of people involved and he enjoys sharing tips and tricks online with other miniature enthusiasts.
He also enjoys going to rock and metal concerts, is a huge rugby fan and is also an amateur powerlifter.
He said: “It’s not uncommon for my girlfriend to walk into my craft room and be assaulted by the music of a medieval tavern or Viking chants!”
Profession: Web designer and customer service associate
Elizabeth believes that craftsmanship has a positive impact on health and well-being. She volunteers for a North London charity which organizes creative sessions for teenage girls who are excluded from mainstream school.
She has always been artsy and loves all kinds of making and creating, as well as visiting dollhouse shows.
She said: “Sometimes I scroll through Instagram and my brain kind of ‘miniaturizes’ something.”
Occupation: fish and chips seller
Julie, a people person, once lived in Los Angeles, where she worked as a beautician. She has always worked with her hands and has also worked as a hairdresser and tattoo artist.
Julie now works in front of her husband’s fish and chip house.
She started making dollhouses a few years ago and it became her most cherished hobby.
She said, “I really like it and push myself to the limit!”
Profession: artist and masseuse
Matthew has a keen eye for detail and takes a hands-on, resourceful approach to his designs.
He studied costume design and acquired skills such as corsetry, millinery and stage design, which involved making miniatures.
Since graduating, Matthew has worked on his own in prop making, set dressing and costume design. He also leads creative workshops for people with mental health issues.
He said, “I respond to a design brief with energy, a unique perspective, and out-of-the-box creativity.”
occupation: miniature artist
Michael has been crazy about miniatures for as long as he can remember and has a penchant for small details.
After realizing he could make his own sculptures instead of buying them, he built his own miniature world and started his own business.
It’s not the only talent he has either. A graduate in dance, Michael is a performer and loves all things theatrical.
He said: “It’s nice to see other people’s reactions to such small things. There is real magic in anything mini.”
Growing up in Southeast Asia, Nadia fell in love with Polly Pocket, a line of miniature dolls and accessories, from childhood.
She has worked in public relations and events but has now given up her career for a quieter life in rural Norfolk with her husband and dog.
Nadia loves to create miniatures of the decadent treats we all enjoy, from cupcakes to miniature candies.
She said, “I live and breathe miniatures!”
Occupation: computer analyst
Sharon has been fascinated by all things tiny ever since she was little herself.
She is hard of hearing and had difficulty communicating with others at school. Instead, she immersed herself in every type of craft she could.
During lockdown, Sharon rekindled her passion for miniatures and has since renovated a traditional dollhouse into an upstairs music shop/café.
She also produced a true-to-life replica of her neighbor’s potting shed.
She said, “I wish I could make myself smaller so I could fit into my own little dream world.”
Location: County Carlow, Ireland
Occupation: garden center worker
Thomas has been teaching himself about the world of miniatures since 2006.
It was his love of stately homes and Jane Austen novels that inspired him to try and recreate these period homes in miniature.
He loves spending his time researching the history of stately homes, using his findings to influence his intricate miniatures.
Thomas, who is a trained horticulturist, spends his days gardening at historic Altamont House in County Carlow, Ireland, and spends his evenings perfecting his miniatures.
When is The Great Big Tiny Design Challenge on TV?
The Great Big Tiny Design Challenge begins Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 9 p.m. on More4.
The show will also be available on the 4OD catch-up service.
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