The Art and Work of Nick Rule

Laura talks to Nick Rule about his jewellery, sculpture and how he learnt to make tiny things!

I remember the first time I saw Nick Rule’s work– I was amazed that human hands could make anything so tiny and delicate.  It is no secret that we love miniatures at Eclectic Ladyland so I was chuffed to have the opportunity to talk to him about how and why he makes the things he does!

How did you get started making miniatures?

I started making them when I was studying jewellery at the Learning Connexion Art school in Wellington. Everything is on a miniature scale in jewellery and I wanted to make a cool gun for a sculpture of Furiosa I was working on.

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What are some of the other things you make and how did you get started doing those?

I make candles & figurative sculptures. I got into sculpture when I went to Cut Above Academy in Auckland, my teachers were making these awesome busts and things on the side and that’s what inspired me.

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I then got into candles by mistake after making a mould of Ludo from Labyrinth and realising I couldn’t afford resin, I found a candle and tried melting and pouring that instead and it turned out really cool.  I also like using wax because it’s better for the environment.

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How did you learn how to make all these different things?

I guess I learnt a lot from my teachers at Cut Above. I also worked at Weta Workshop for a little while which helped with mould making. The Learning Connexion was where I learnt jewellery, ceramics & wax to bronze sculpture which was really interesting.

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Can you describe some of your processes?  Do you start out with a drawing—where do you get your ideas from?

Yeah– I start with a drawing, then I get lots of references from different angles which makes it much easier, then I build a figure out of clay using wire armature, I make the ribcage, pelvis and head first then add muscles and detail after.

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Whereabouts do you do all your making?

At my house or at Workspace Studios in Wellington.

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What do you find inspiring?

I find tattoos, rockabilly stuff, 20s to 50s fashion, movies and WW2 inspiring.

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What is it about tiny things that you like?

I’m not sure, I always liked making tiny things.  It doesn’t take up loads of space & the engineering side is fun for me, like little moving parts and stuff.Soviet_submachine_gun02

What do you do with your time when you’re not making stuff?

I like building and riding BMX trails in the woods in my spare time, I also like hanging out with my girlfriend and my cat.

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What plans do you have with regards to making stuff?

I would like to make more jewellery and mini WW2 sub machine guns and just get better at making stuff!

You can find Nick’s work here–

-Etsy :

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ NickRuleJewellery

-Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ nickruleart/

 

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