Woolytales Miniatures by Patricia Cabrera
My name is Patricia Cabrera and I am originally from Brasil. Since a young age, I have always had a great desire to work with different forms of art. Oil painting was the open door that led me to a world where I could explore all sorts of wonderful art mediums. During my elementary years, I had the opportunity to learn various crafts, including sewing and embroidering.
In 1985, I came to the US to pursue my career in ballet with The Miami Ballet Company. Although my passion was for art and ballet, my greatest desire of becoming a wife and mother became real when I met my husband, Mark.
Since then I have given birth to seven children, during which time I had to set aside my art, though I continued painting.
In 2002, I started sculpting with wool. Two years later, I was introduced to polymer clay, which I quickly fell in love with. It wasn't until 2007 that my desire to work with porcelain became real.
Today, I am working on a porcelain ball-jointed doll on a different scale, a process which you can learn more about here.
I also have a small family theatre which you can read more about here.
I spent four years creating animals with wool, but it wasn't until 2009 that I fully devoted myself to creating solely for the 1:12 miniature scale.
All my animals are one of a kind. They are hand sculpted out of polymer clay over a wire armature. I believe that it is in the eyes that one can see the life of an animal; therefore, I make my own glass eyes that I insert into my animals.
The process of applying wool is tedious, but it is necessary to have patience while doing so since the finished animal’s appearance depends very much on this process.
My creativity and inspiration comes from the love that I have for my family and from the beautiful farm that I am blessed to live on.