Small wonder, Literally
Milan eraser (local Pakistani ones) + Paper cutter + Acrylic paint] x crazy art talent =
By just a glimpse at this DSLR sculpture, no one would ever guess it as being a tiny DSLR miniature. On a better look, you will realize how this model, compared to a hand, is almost half the size of the fingers. Um, WOW! More like HOW?
Honestly would you have ever thought of an alternative for those Milan (local Pakistani) erasers most of us use as stationery every day? Apart from the normal erasing, splitting into pieces just for fun or using them as something to throw on someone just for the fun of it, of course. If you have, then good for you (yousocool for thinking out-of-the-box), but as far as I know most of you would obviously not have thought of using these erasers for creating a jaw-dropping-eye-catching-extremely-cute piece of art like this.
The 4 feet 11 inches, ‘small wonder’ (as her friends call her- mainly because of the height), Amna Saleem, puts her artistic talent in creating such small wonders for friends and loved ones. Initially what started as a tryout out of complete boredom, moving onto gifts for the ones she loved, has now become a small business for this amazingly- talented-‘shorty’ as a result of unexpected, immense popularity.
When asked about how she developed such a passion to put these not-so-worthy-except-for-erasing erasers to use, she admitted her not-so-common craze for stationery “I am absolutely crazy about stationery. Especially erasers, I love erasers” (Well, we can see that, Amna!). In addition, she revealed that this particular (artistic) experiment was a result of pure randomness out of complete boredom when she first turned a piece of rubber into one of her favorite pets – a Siamese cat, not literally the Siamese, but something similar that! This was just an idea starter, which enlightened her in using her artistic tendencies in becoming an ‘eraser carver’ (pretty impressive and different if you think about it)! The Siamese cat (again, just the similarity implied – picture for reference) was followed by many, way better, unexplainably cute and amusingly tiny creatures and models.
The small wonder/stationery lover has been imitating owls, pandas, cats, penguins, converse shoes and not to mention even a sheesha! In addition, the crazy angry bird phenomenon was not ignored by Amna as she made the famous red one for her Mini Museum (as she calls it) collection. Her latest edition was the, earlier mentioned, DSLR which, according to her is her best yet (although the fans opinions might differ- the sad panda has to be my favorite)! She usually preserves these miniatures in empty poster paint bottles (interestingly enough, this preservation is where the name ‘museum’ comes from) asking people to donate them to her (recycling ftw, eh Amna?). This gives a more professional and pleasant look to the final piece.
There are many others in the making while most of them have been sold out, so WOW yourself and your friends by logging onto her ‘Mini Museum’ album (facebook link: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150608967051340.446425.502631339&type=3) Do check it out and order your favorite for personal collection. You might want to gift one to a loved one just because the miniatures’ cuteness might provoke you to. Order soon to grab it!
Just so you know, Amna Saleem is currently a second year Communication Designing student at Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture (IVS). She is a very talented artist and writer and making these miniatures is just a hobby of hers. Well, it is from such a ‘small wonder’ (your friends MAY BE right about the name, Amna) that you can expect such ‘small wonders’ to come from! Haha. Keep up the good work, and good luck with your artistic endeavors! Do keep us updated if you think out-of the-box again.