Toy Theaters

Known in Victorian times as Juvenile Drama, toy theatres were originally made as souvenirs of live theatre, creating an ideal home entertainment.  Some of Niki’s most memorable pieces are three dimensional, involving layer upon layer of giclee detail – individual elements which are hand-cut, folded and pinned in place by the artist. ‘I’ve always been drawn to those beautiful old Victorian illustrations and specimen trays, which use taxidermy and super fine pins to display butterflies and insects,’ says Niki. Niki’s preference is to the trend of Realism and Fantasy, marking a dramaturgical swing toward psychological complexity, character motivation and settings utilizing ordinary three-dimensional scenic elements. The intricacy of the delicate technique means creating each layer between two months, but the resulting artwork is a mind-blowing original creation that constantly reveals new and hidden details among the scenes.