Tinny, by artist Danni Emery, happily combines three of her favourite obsessions; antique tins, miniature train figures and painstakingly small painting. She creates her own whimsical scenes, as well as taking commissions; recreating memories for special gifts such as anniversaries, birthdays, weddings, new houses and favourite ski runs.
Danni, a graduate of Central Saint Martins College of Art in London, spent 4 years living in Sydney, where her Tinny project was born, following a visit to the tin-heaven that is Camberwell Market in Melbourne. Since then she has exhibited her tiny creations in several group shows in Sydney, namely SHE at Create or Die, UPCYCLE at The Makery (where she won the People's Choice Prize), Sydney's Smallest Gallery (part of Art Month Sydney) at Nauti Studios, Ocean'ish at Le Petit Bateau, Sculptures by the PBC at Petersham Bowls Club (where she won the Acquisition Prize), The Other Art Fair in Sydney and The Christmas Show at M Contemporary. She has also contibuted to group shows in Newcastle and Natimuk and had Tinnys on permenant display for sale at The Makery and Winkel Gallery, Sydney.
From Sydney, Danni travelled to New Zealand and became utterly entranced with the dramatic landscape. Travelling with a portable studio, she set about capturing the places she visited in miniature form inside tins she picked up at markets and antique stores along the way. Some Christchurch Tinnys even found their way into a group show; Landscapes at Oxford Street Art at the Tin Palace in Lyttelton (Christchurch).
Her travels took her back through London and finally Tinny found a home, settling back not far from where she started, in Brighton, UK. Since then she has exhibited with Artists' Open Houses and PaxtonGlew.