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Feature: Nicola Mascall Miniatures

Nicola’s entry in the Perfection in Miniatures Awards 2020. (awarded 2nd place)

Nicola Mascall first exhibited her work at The London Dollshouse Festival in 1992, a variety of carpets, rugs, wall hangings, cushions, stools, fire screens, bell pulls, church kneelers, samplers etc. 

Nicola has had an interesting year. This photo shows her in her studio at the beginning of lockdown (this was her former sitting room – as with most miniaturists, sacrifices have to be made!) She came up with the idea of offering a pet portrait service, which has proved really popular. For example here is Yogi.

Once again, Nicola has proved herself a contender in the Perfection in Miniatures Awards (PIMA). Her entry this year was a beautiful American style needlework sampler. After her stunning tapestry which won the PIMA last year, this time she secured 2nd place with her sampler.

When I exhibited (at LDF) for the very first time back In 1992, my miniatures comprised almost entirely of needlework samplers…  The derivation of the word sampler is from the latin exemplum meaning anything selected as a model for imitation. Perfect for me to do just that. 

 See more of Nicola’s work here.