Gareth @ MAKE writes:

Artist Thomas Doyle makes fascinating art, tells compelling stories, with model train miniatures and scenery. I’ve always been strangely attracted to these miniature components and wondered why more people don’t make art, jewelry, dioramas, etc. with them.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

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  • Becky Stern

    Thank you!

  • Anonymous

    people don’t make as much art with them because they’re expensive!

  • Andrea Feldman

    I make all my own jewelry, particularly earrings. When I worked at a Children’s Hospital, I always tried to have a little whimsey on me, and found that a wonderful source of items for unusual earrings was doll house supplies. I have used things like their hanging or landscaping plants and vases of flowers and such even before I created my own. They have sets of, for instance, magazines, books, and other media and even modern technology, as well as labeled cans and boxes and food containers to stock the pantry, copper saucepans, kitchen scales and small appliances, and silver cutlery, etc. – just pick a room,and it will be full of inspiration (a bathroom scale?). I had a pair of toy trains (that’s toy scale for a doll house, about 3/4″ long per car) that went up to one ear and down from the other (seeming to go through), and even a set of picture frames that had interchangeable paintings cut from Art Museum postcards, so they were always different and could match my mood and each other, or tell a story, or . . . Well, you get it – just use your imagination and have fun!

  • Anonymous

    We don’t make things with those little people because they are Impossible to Find!! Argh!

  • Rebecca Stern

    I bet for the kind of specialized works he’s making that he makes those figures himself and uses traditional model train set scenery.