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Nashville Artist Jessica Saylor Creates Detailed Tiny Towns You Can Hold In Your Hand
by TJ Anderson
My favorite brand of art, if I have to choose, is local art — I’m an unapologetic cheerleader for Nashville, and I think our city is filled with some of the most talented folks in the world, from musicians and painters to architects and interior decorators. So I’m forever on the lookout for Nashville artists with something unique to offer.
A Nashville artist with something fantastically unique to offer that I just became aware of: Jessica Saylor, a Nashville native who’s creating hand-drawn, hand-painted, hand-cut, and hand-assembled “Tiny Towns” that pack city-sized fun into a pocket-sized piece of art.
Check out Saylor’s ‘Tiny Towns’
I stumbled on Jessica Saylor’s “Tiny Towns” on Instagram (she’s at @tiny_towns, and related, if you’re not already following @tjandersonhomes there, please join me), where she’d posted this miniature Loveless Cafe, iconic neon sign and all:
She also crafted a teeny-tiny Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, with the Batman Building at its shoulder, and a Nashville skyline, with a peanut-sized General Jackson rolling down the Cumberland River:
Although she’s a Nashville artist, and she’s clearly been painstakingly crafting lots of Nashville locations, her Tiny Towns spread outside the vicinity, too, to San Francisco and Paris and beyond, all tucked into mints tins.
Maybe my favorite side of what Jessica Saylor’s doing, though: capturing memories in a tiny piece of art, like this commission for a couple who wanted to hold the Germantown location of their wedding in their pocket...
or this sweet woodland home in Ohio:
Know anyone who’s thoroughly obsessed with their Nashville home? (Besides me?) I can’t imagine a cooler Christmas gift than commissioning a custom Tiny Town home from Jessica Saylor. Since I haven’t placed my own yet, I’m not sure on the turnaround time, and it might need to be a Valentine’s Day gift. But you can check in with Saylor via her website.
Check out more of Jessica Saylor’s Tiny Towns creations on her Instagram feed, or at tinytowns.me. On the website, she has a mix of already-made dioramas that are ready for purchase, including one of the Bluebird Cafe that the Nashville singer-songwriter on your gift list might love.
We may need to start commemorating all our new Nashville home builds in tiny form, and I already have visions of closing gifts dancing in my head.
Related, do you need to find the perfect new Nashville home to get obsessed with, before you think about capturing it in miniature? We’d love to help you track down the right place. Check out some homes for sale in Nashville here, and call or email TJ Anderson Homes here.
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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