Spring Miniatura
NEC, Birmingham, UK
30th & 31st March 2019
Future Show Dates - TBA

Curious Oddities


WORKSHOP - For all abilities. Making strange creatures.

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I'm Tom Ellis, a creator of weird and wonderful creatures and mythical sets formed from my surreal and bizarre imagination. I enjoy working using a range of materials on varied projects, including Creature Design, Puppeteering, Workshops, Prop Making and Set Design. What connects my work is a strong influence from the Victorian period with its roots in the quirky and darker side of life! I constantly draw inspiration from various ancient myths and stories. I’m a massive fan of the Brother’s Grimm! I explore my style constantly to push it further by experimenting with interesting materials and meeting new crazy and creative people. Predominantly I create creatures, these first spawned from my imagination when I was a child and I religiously watched Hammer Horror Movies and 80’s Fantasy Films on Sundays! With access to a bag of loo rolls, silver foil, pva and cardboard boxes, I was off and haven’t stopped since! I take commissions for unique tailor-made creature sculpts; these can be at any scale. They always come with their own written history and mythical status. I feel this gives them an enchanting and regal quality. However dark and weird they can seem, my creations always have a charm and mystery that hopefully will draw you into my created world!
I'm bringing my 'Create a Creature Workshop' to Miniatura 2018 and hope you can come! It is a fantastical and imaginative workshop that allows you to create a magical and mythical creature sculpture. Alongside creating the piece you get the chance to write your own story relating to the mini beast. The Workshop is open to all ages and abilities, lasting roughly 90 minutes and involves choosing a creature, decorating it, naming it, giving it a home and creating a mythical story! See pictures below of finished creations from my past workshops. Tickets are priced at £15 per person. They are prebooked via email, please send a message to (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Just state the number of tickets needed, alongside the day and time of the workshop your interested in. I will email back asap regarding method of payment. Accompanying adults for children taking part do not need to pay (one creation per ticket).
Available Workshop Sessions:
Saturday 24th March
1. 10:30am till 12pm
2. 1pm till 3:30pm
Sunday 25th March
3. 10:30am till 12pm
4. 1pm till 3:30pm
I shall also be selling my own creature sculpture and other magical miniature artwork!
Examples can be found here on my online shop: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CuriousOdditiesShop
Hope to see lots of you there!
Please invite friends and families who might be interested.
Thanks, Tom Ellis (Curious Oddities)