Monday, June 14, 2010

Monday Mini Food Artist: The Mouse Market

This week's Featured Mini Food Artist is Mo of The Mouse Market!

From her shop profile: People often wonder why I choose to spend an inordinate amount of my time creating itty-bitty foods that I can’t eat, and while I would love to spin a thrilling tale of generations upon generations of my family handcrafting miniature inedibles for kings and queens, the reason is actually quite simple: because I love it.

When I was a child, my parents built a dollhouse that was fashioned after the cozy tree house of my favorite storybook squirrel, Miss Suzy, and the miniature obsession flame was ignited. It wasn’t long before I decided to tap into the miniatures market myself, and in grade school I spent a great deal of time trying to persuade my classmates to buy my handmade animal figurines when I should have been paying attention to the math lesson. The animals had tiny little zippers engraved down the center of their tummies, and in a spurt of third grade imagination untethered by the chains of traditional spelling, I decided to dub the business Zippirs. Sadly, Zippirs failed to become the lucrative animal figurine empire I had envisioned, but luckily, my miniatures obsession has since found a new home, The Mouse Market.

Today, I combine my love of miniatures with my training as a pastry chef and a graphic designer to create detailed, realistic foods in 1/12 scale, and perhaps one day, when the public is truly ready, I may reintroduce the Zippirs.

She has also been featured in Artisan in Miniature (Issue 22), The Columbia Tribune, and Vox Magazine.

Stop by and visit her great Etsy shop!


  1. Thanks, Athena!! I really appreciate the feature :)


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