About the Artist
My interest in miniatures began years ago while attending New York Institute
of Technology where I studied Architecture. I took interest in designing miniature
structures. My sister opened a miniature shop 22 years ago called Miniature
Designs, in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Some years later her business grew and my
sister and brother-in-law asked me to join them. It took me 5 minutes to decide!
While working at the shop my passion for realism in miniature grew. I noticed
that factory made window treatments and bedding were manufactured with cost
in mind. Some poorly pleated big prints on small beds were fine for four year
olds, but what about the adult collectors? The fast assembly of glued quick-stitched
fabrics began to frustrate me. So, I decided it was time to grab hold of some
patience and produce realistic, quality, window treatments and bedding.
My quest began by experimenting with fabrics. Sewing, hemming, seaming as if
they were real draperies and beds was fun and brought beautiful results! My
mother was a seamstress, so fooling around with a sewing machine came naturally.
The same techniques moved on to dressing dollhouse beds. The beds were beautiful
made up, but what if they looked lived in!
If someone owned beautiful old dollhouse furniture they couldn't let go of,
I would repair, reupholster and give it new life. It would take me twelve to
fifteen hours to finish a window treatment or bed but it was worth it!
My cornices are handmade of wood - then in some cases - are upholstered in
fabrics. My pleating is done by hand. I found that a pleater produces unnaturally
uniform pleats. I use the finest silks and cottons. The comforters on the beds
are very detailed - each lined in contrasting colors.
So here I am: ready to spread wings on my own. I design beautiful things for
those of discerning taste. Call me crazy, but when I sit back and view the result,
I am a happy man!
My Name is Wilson Santiago and I am a satisfied artisan in miniature!