Creative Something

Creating on an extreme sense of scale.


A tiny tomato, a fraction of size compared to a penny, sits inside of a salad bowl. Beside it are a few onions and leaves of lettuce, all much smaller than the tip of your finger.

When you look at even one of Shay Aaron’s remarkable pieces of work, you start to really understand that Shay is an artist that works in an extreme sense of scale.

Case and point? 1:12 scale food created entirely from clay.

These miniature food pieces are so remarkably detailed that it’s incredible just to imagine how many hours of work went into each piece. The details of a banana split, a teeny-tiny lunch with sandwich, cookie, and watermelon, all small enough to hold on the edge of your littlest finger.

I’m reminded of something Ze Frank once spoke of in regards to how his creative process sometimes works:

“Generally, when I have an idea I start with a sense of scale…If I’m trying to generate ideas around it, the first thing I’d do is take a general imagination run into scale…I flip back and forth between the extremes until something interesting comes out of it…It’s a super-cool exercise only in that it forces you to explore the outside boundaries of things.”

What if you worked on a radical sense of scale today? What if your work was tiny? What if it was the largest? What would you do with more, and what would you do if you completely ran out?

Let Shay’s work inspire you and see what comes as a result.

Hat tip to Booooooom.