Our little people are created by local artist Helen Egleton who has been working with us since she was a teenager. Her artistic style has evolved so we have to ask her to make our little people more caricature than a faithful representation, as that provides better photos for our customers.
We come up with the ideas for a new diorama, Helen comes up with some drawings and we discuss which people, animals or shop fronts to put into production. Helen will then bring them to life in clay.
From the clay model Martin will then create a rubber mould, which we then use to cast each little person in resin. We have found resin to be the most resilient material to survive the weather.
Once cast they are painted with an undercoat before the details are picked out with colourful marine paints.
Each model person costs approx £100 to produce.