Beauty in detail of miniature worlds

Dunedin Miniaturist Club member Jill York looks through the window of the miniature kitchen she...
Dunedin Miniaturist Club member Jill York looks through the window of the miniature kitchen she made only using cardboard and wool. Photo by Tim Miller.

It is the little things which make all the difference for Dunedin miniaturist Jill York.

For more than 25 years she has made almost everything into a miniature version - including a knitted kitchen - and has used everything from kebab sticks to used tea leaves, to make her mini replicas look perfect.

''It's the small details that matter the most,'' Mrs York said.

After taking over the dining room table all those years ago, she has spent thousands of hours working away tinkering to make sure the 5cm broom stick looks perfect in the corner of a kitchen and the dried tea leaves look like authentic pot-plant dirt.

''People always ask: 'How long does it take?' and I tell them I don't have any idea because you're always working on more than one thing and you spend a lot of time coming up with the ideas . . . once you know what you want you just get on and do it.''

Mrs York is also a member of the Dunedin Miniaturists Club which meets each month to talk about and dream up new miniatures.

The club held its open day at the St Patrick's Community Hall yesterday. 

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