The Little Grey Rabbit
recently came across this miniature facade of a Parisian building and I was blown away by the detail put into it. Immediately I fell in love with this, and had no idea that I liked miniatures so much. The Little Grey Rabbit is a wonderland of miniatures, dioramas, and artwork with touch of French inspiration.
I asked Aria, the creator/owner of The Little Grey Rabbit, if she could share her story of her handmade adventures. She took the time to answer a few of my questions. Enjoy!
Tell us a bit about you and your shop.
My husband and I live in the Pacific Northwest on a small homestead out in the country. I have always had a passion for miniatures, or anything cute and small….even our house is a tiny 350 square foot cottage. So it comes as no surprise that my shop is named after our little Mini Rex rabbit, who is of course grey, named ‘Boo’. She is quite the ham when it comes to the camera and as my husband is a photographer, Boo naturally has her own modeling gig. I stumbled upon Etsy almost 7 years ago, and had a very successful vintage shop there. However, as much as I love vintage, that’s not where my artistic heart was. So I closed the vintage shop, and started The Little Grey Rabbit, where I could display my miniatures and other artwork. I was raised around art: both my mother and grandmother were oil painters, as well as clothing and wedding cake designers – growing up there was always lots of paint brushes, thread and sugar around! I am not set on any one particular art form, I create miniature houses, dioramas, room boxes, furniture, along with sculpted 3D wall art, watercolor and acrylic paintings. Just recently I started creating jewelry as well.
What inspires you to create?
It’s really my surroundings that inspire me the most. For instance, if I happen to be taking a hike in the woods I may see a tree that would make for the perfect mini house, I then go home and recreate that in clay, such as the tree house currently on display in my shop. Many of my pieces are French themed, which are inspired by my love of my home in France. Every time I have the privilege of visiting that wonderful country, upon returning to the US I always seem to recreate in clay and watercolor the many quaint buildings and scenes that I love so much.
What are your favorite materials?
I love working with watercolor the most, but clay is a close second. I find watercolor very relaxing and easy, but clay is temperamental, and sometimes it seems it has a mind of it’s own – and we don’t always agree, LOL.
What’s your favorite item in your shop? And why?
I put my heart into every piece, so they are all special to me, however, everyone has a favorite, and mine would have to be the miniature swamp diorama. When I crafted it, I was striving to pull the viewer in, into another time, another place, and give the sense that it was real, only really small. I also love that it has so much going on. Just a lot for the eye to take in.
I am always trying new things with art and crafting, to not only give me something fresh and new to work on, but also to see if it’s something I would want to offer in my shop. Just this week I started jewelry making with stone and glass, and sewing bracelets. Something I have always wanted to do but as yet have not found a way to implement it, is offer custom miniatures and watercolors of peoples homes. Though it can be challenging at times, I do love new projects!