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Willard Wigan

By Jonathan Jacob

The best things come in small packages - they really do - and local artist Willard Wigan is the only person in the world who can put Snow White and her Seven Dwafs into the eye of a needle...

The best things come in small packages!

Some pieces of artwork are absolutely massive and take up acres, while some just fill up an A4 piece of paper. Local artist, Willard Wigan is one of the only people in the world who can create what can only be described as 'mini art'.

The artist, who has an exhibition housed within the Mailbox, is the only person in the world who can create objects at the level they are. His works are displayed on canvases such as the head of a pin, the tip of an eyelash or even a grain of sand and are at least three times smaller than this full stop! >>> .

Take a look at some of Willard's amazing sculptures. Click 'Gallery' below.

Snow White


Willard regularly goes into local schools and youth groups and runs workshops, seminars and a variety of talks to all ages, including young people.

I managed to catch a few words with Willard about his life, art and the future.

JJ: How old were you when you found out you had this talent?

WW: I was 5 years old. I had learning difficulties and found things difficult. I came from a poor family and wasn't pushed I was just told to 'try hard at school'. That was 42 years ago, and since it's been an obsession.

JJ: How difficult is it to create the miniature art?

WW: Let me tell you, it's very difficult. Every movement I make is so small. I have to control my breathing and heartbeat - it's not easy! I usually work at night and have to make sure the dog isn't around.

JJ: What's your favourite piece of work so far?

WW: I like the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs piece, just because I had to fit so much into the head of a pin. It's also quite a fun work of art, only 3 times bigger than a blood cell.

JJ: Yeah, the Snow White model is wicked! What's been your biggest achievement in life?

WW: That would be the mini model of The Last Supper. It had TWELEVE disciples and Jesus - was a real challenge.

JJ: What would you say to any aspiring artists in any form?

WW: "Be original! Be creative! Be individual and make your mark ….."

The Willard Wigan exhibition in The Mailbox is open for the public to view Monday - Saturday 10am - 8pm and on Sunday from 11am - 5pm. Entrance to the Willard Wigan Exhibition is £3.95 for adults and £2.95 for children and concessions.


Willard Wigan


Peter Pan
Snow White
Willard Wigan
"Be original! Be creative! Be individual and make your mark!"
Willard Wigan

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