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Miniaturists, unite!

Journal Entry: Thu Nov 17, 2011, 10:03 PM

I haven't met a single miniaturist in deviantART that hasn't made the same question at least once: Where do I submit my work?.

Whether you make dolls, furniture, clothes, props, food, scenery, buildings, trains, wargaming miniatures, models, dollhouses or many other miniatures I'm surely forgetting, at some point or another there's no appropiate gallery to submit our work. Artisan Crafts / Ceramics, Pottery & Clay / Miniatures is only appropriate if you use clay, and the next best option, Traditional Art / Sculpture doesn't make the cut most times.

As renowned artist Snowfern so eloquently stated: "as I'm moving on to different mediums, I really do wish dA had some scale dollhouse miniature section :P right now, I can only post my mini clay work under clay -> miniatures, so everything else is quite random, like my 1:12 books are under....bookmaking??".

I'm sure we've all felt like this at some point, and our art is scattered in odd galleries that have little to do with the submission. That's why I'm inviting you to SPEAK UP now. I recently noted one of our new CV with this issue, and she asked me to gather community feedback so she can bring it up to her superiors, and hopefully, make it happen :la: Let's make it happen!

I would like to offer this space as a forum so we can all discuss this topic. I'm going to read each comment and send everything back to FrockTarts, she will then do her CV magic and speak for us with the Great Llama Masters. If we all do a little bit, hopefully we will soon celebrate the opening of our very own miniatures gallery!

Disclaimer: This is not an official community project, this is something I'm trying to do on my own to get enough info to convince them and show that there's enough support and interest. There's no guarantee the miniatures gallery will be created, that's up the the DA team to decide, but that won't stop me from doing my very best.

Note: Please leave a comment so everything is one place, please don't send notes. In the report I'll send a link to this discussion, so it's best if everything is public. I'm going to wait a week or two so everyone has a chance to write a comment, it doesn't have to be anything sophisticated... just speak your mind.

What you can do

You don't have to be a miniaturist to do any of these, everyone is welcome to join us in the discussion!
  • Leave your opinion in a comment, tell us why do you think it's important to have a category for miniatures.
  • If we do succeed and the Artisan Crafts / Miniatures gallery is created, which sub-galleries do you think are needed?
  • If you have a group dedicated to anything related to miniatures, please help us by promoting this petition among your members. And if you're part of a group, ask them to promote it for us.
  • If you know anyone that makes miniatures, please send them a link to this petition so they can give us their feedback. We want to get everyone's opinion.
  • :+fav: this entry so it becomes more popular and it receives more attention! We need all the attention and comments we can get.

:squee: LET'S MAKE THIS HAPPEN :squee:

Thank you so much to everyone, I'm convinced this is a need for a growing community and it will raise awareness for our art. Even though our work is tiny, let's make our voice be heard.

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Just a small sample of all the talent there's around here.
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Everything will be all right in the end. If it's not all right, then it's not the end.
All comments will be read, all opinions will be considered, all feedback will be appreciated, no rest will be taken, all coffee will be consumed.
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Xehara Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012   General Artist
I've posted on $Moonbeam13's forum concerning gallery requests for your cause. My comment is found here: [link] and the main forum is here [link]

I requested a place for deviantART Muro pieces and it was up the next day, so you never know.
UnicornReality Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Talty Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Oooh I didn't know such a forum existed! That's great, really thank you so much for your help, it would do us much good :D
UnicornReality Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I should have included "what do you think about this" but forgot. :slow:
UnicornReality Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist

I am currently emailing Danie to suggest a new subcategory and so far it goes...

Artisan Crafts
------ Miniatures
------------- Food
------------- Household Items (so bottles, furniture and such can go here)
------------- Animals/Nature
------------- Fan art
------------- Jewelery
------------- Misc
Talty Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Did you read my mind? :o I swear I was just writing the note I was going to send you. I'm so sorry I'm so late.

I'm thinking

- Food
- Household items (It was also suggested as Accessories/Furnishing)
- People (or dolls, but not everyone considers what they do dolls. Dolls and figures was also suggested))
- Dollhouses and rooms
- Animals, Nature and Scenery
- Fantasy was requested several times.
- Fan art
- Jewelry
- Miscellaneous

I've also been going back and forth about suggesting for miniatures to have their own gallery, not be a part of Artisan Crafts. It was pointed out that several miniatures don't belong to artisan crafts, like miniature drawings [link] or scale models that are masterfully painted, but not constructed and therefore don't rightfully belong to artisan crafts. There's also the psychology of being an artist rather than an artisan, like ~PetitPlat mentioned [link] . And also as she mentioned, it's "cooler".

Well that's pretty much all the information I've gathered so far, so please do with it what you consider best :)
UnicornReality Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Super duper. Sent it with some descriptions so fingers crossed.

I don't think the term miniatures deems it to be childish or anything really. I like the term Artisan. It reminds me of bread.
But I guess it's all how the artist sees themselves and the utilization of keywords can help a looooooot.

Thank you for your help in all this. I hope you know how appreciated it is.
Talty Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012   Artisan Crafter
I don't think it's childish ei4ther, or that there's anything wrong with the term artisan. I enjoy what I do and that's all I need.

Oh no, thanks to you! I really appreciate your help and support, I'll keep my fingers crossed and hope our dream becomes a reality :)
UnicornReality Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh what could this be? [link]
Talty Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012   Artisan Crafter
I could die of excitement :squee:
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