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Julia's Kitchen in a Box

Julia's Kitchen in a Box Miniature replica of Julia Child's kitchen in Cambridge, Massachusetts, made mostly of steel. 12" tall x 20" wide x 9.5" tall

Close up detail of Office Coffee Table

Modern industrial meets old world style. Miniature room, made of mild steel, sits on track within weathered steel table frame and under half inch thick glass top. Other materials: fragment of rustic tool (briefcase), handmade paper books, bicycle parts, aluminum can (crumpled paper in wastebasket).

Miniature club chair

Miniature club chair made of all new steel with vintage turned bolts as legs. Approximately 4" tall

BOOKend

Miniature bookcase filled with handmade books within the "pages" of a full sized book made of rusted steel. Live air plant in terra cotta pot. Approximately 7" tall.

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About Jill

Baltimore City

My path to becoming an artist actually began as an architect. First studying at the University of Virginia and then at the University of Pennsylvania, I worked in the field for several years. A Fenwick Island, Delaware beach house I designed, won an American Institute of Architects Award. That beach house started with many very tiny models, just like my design method in college. For fun, I took a welding class at MICA which opened up my perspective, I accepted that my favorite part of being an... more

Julia's Kitchen in a Box

Inspired by the iconic kitchen of Julia Child. Steel furniture and appliances welded and shaped into miniature replicas of their full-scale counterparts. Includes vintage wooden box, copper plumbing parts and copper mesh, brass escutcheon pins, and handmade paper books. Glass and cast metal place settings from other artisans.
12" tall x 20" wide x 9.5" deep

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    metal art, steel art, whimsical art, modern industrial, miniature, julia child, julia childs, dioramas, vignettes
    Julia's Kitchen in a Box 20" wide x 12" tall x 9.5" deep Miniature, to 1" scale, handmade kitchen replica of Julia Child's Cambridge, Massachusetts famous kitchen. The furniture and appliances are welded and shaped steel parts, not castings. Tablecloth is heat treated copper mesh to achieve a yellow color. Pots and pans are solid copper plumbing parts and vintage solid brass escutcheon pins. Knife block is solid wood. Knives are metal with a patina to look like wood.
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    View of Julia's Kitchen in a Box from right hand door
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    Julia's Kitchen view from wall oven
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    Julia's Kitchen - view from left hand door

Office Coffee Table

Miniature room made of welded steel with an office theme set on steel rails within a weathered steel table frame and under a thick glass top. All miniature books are handmade to create a custom color palette of autumn leaves. Other materials used include bicycle spokes, rusted/heavily patina'd farm tool fragment and jewelry findings.
19" wide x 40" long x 24" tall

French Dining Room in a Box

Miniature formal French style dining room set within a rustic wooden toolbox. Seating for ten, long table, sideboard and operable French doors, all using welded mild steel.

Sideboard cabinet handles made from jewelry links. Real wax candles adorn cast metal dollhouse sconces flank a large frame along the back wall. Other accessories include glass and cast metal dollhouse place settings.
10" tall x 30" wide x 8" deep

BOOKcase

Library sculpture could be stand alone or a bookend. A full scale rusted steel “book cover” encompasses “open pages” made of vintage newspaper print plates set upon “wood flooring” made of new steel. Handmade paper books line the miniature shelves.
7" tall

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    Library sculpture could be stand alone or a bookend. A full scale rusted steel “book cover” encompasses “open pages” made of vintage newspaper print plates set upon “wood flooring” made of new steel. Handmade paper books line the miniature shelves. Other miniature accessories such as glass decanter, terra cotta pot, air plant, brass wine glass and vessel made by other artisans.
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    Version 2 of the BOOKcase sculpture. Rusted book cover is full size and approximately 7" tall. Within the book is a miniature bookcase with handmade paper books. The drawer pulls are made of watch band parts. An airplant sits within a real terra cotta pot. (terra cotta pot, miniature vessels and glass made by another artisan)

Sofa Table

Pick a classic novel to read on the loveseat in front of a roaring fire. Glass top is approximately 14 inches x 48 inches x ½ inch thick. Overall height is 36 inches. Materials include mild steel protected with an oil based sealer, glass candlesticks, wax candles, paper books, copper mesh “carpet” and “fireplace screen,” and vintage newspaper print plates.

Brady Bunch Stair in a Box

A miniature vignette of the classic television show set within a vintage mid-century modern wooden desk drawer. The iconic artwork and furniture, such as the flat file cabinet and the Mondrian-like back wall, re-imagined in steel and copper and in miniature. Those "Mike Brady stairs!!" complement the weathered cast iron of the fireplace and built-in planter. Materials include warm gray steel, rusted/heavily patina'd cast iron, wood, mid-century modern drawer, live air plants, jewelry chain, wrist watch, found key and clothes pin. Glass bottle and pottery vase from other artisans.
19" wide x 19" tall x 7" deep

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    A miniature vignette of the classic television show set within a vintage mid-century modern wooden desk drawer. The warm gray of the furniture replicated in steel and those "Mike Brady stairs!!" complement the weathered cast iron of the fireplace and built-in planter. Live air plants. Glass bottle and pottery vase from other artisans.
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    Close up of the diorama Brady Bunch Stair in a Box
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    Zoomed in angle to place you IN the Brady Bunch living room

Game Room in a Box

Miniature billiards game room in a vintage wooden box. A miniature vignette made of welded steel. Each piece is 1:12 scale including a "to scale" billiards table, dart board and stools with a drink rail. A moment in time is captured. Did the players just walk away in mid game?

  • Game Room zoomed to bar stools

    A miniature version of a classic billiards room, complete with dart board, bar stools and green glass lamp hovering over the mid-game table. All made with mild welded steel. Accents include antique elixir bottle as the light fixture, copper mesh pockets lined with brass rivets. All made to scale 1" = 1'-0".

Powder Room in a Box

Miniature powder room in a narrow vintage wooden sewing drawer. Pedestal sink next to a high tank toilet. Round “tile” wainscoting surrounds the perimeter. All welded steel with mirror and dollhouse glass. Whimsical piece could be displayed alone or hung in a collection of other Room Boxes, such as next to the Kitchen in a Box.

Approximately 4 inches wide x 10 inches tall x 4 inches deep

Nightstand - Furnished Furniture

A twin bed with a sheet softly folded back. The bureau/dresser has a tilting mirror, spinning globe and an operable drawer. A tiny coffee mug rests on the miniature nightstand.

Nightstand with a miniature bedroom vignette set within the frame of the legs. Glass top is 20 inches by 22 inches by ½ inch thick. Overall height is 26-3/4 inches. Materials include mild steel protected with an oil based sealer, glass, copper sheet, aluminum, bass wood, acrylic painted seed (the globe).

Miniature furniture - cooking range

Welded steel miniature cooking range with weathered cast iron found object as backsplash and copper pots made from plumbing parts. 1:12 scale miniature

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