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Kimberly Hart

Your Company Name: Monster Kookies
Email Address/Web Page: monster_kookies@hotmail.com
City & State: Toronto, ONT, Canada
Type of Craft: Polymer Clay Jewelry

Tell us in your own words, how you discovered polymer clay and how long have you been using it?

I have been sculpting with clay my entire life, but I just discovered polymer clay within the last five or six years. I have been sculpting it on and off since I first found it, but within the last year I haven't been able to put it down. I now do it on a professional level.

Are there any special artists that you can attribute your interest to or that have inspired you?

I was first very inspired to do food jewelry by Nora Jean, and I adored the miniature fruits and veggie slices by Angie Scarr. Their both very talented, detailed, and very inspiring.

What is your specialty?

As much as I love to make things like icecream in waffle cones, cupcakes, cookies, and all sorts of sweets, my true specialty is my "Icky Tasties" collection in which I make things like bloody brain cupcakes, dirty worm cupcakes, nuclear cookies complete with bubbling green waste and my tentacle cupcakes. This is something that was inspired by my love for horror and gore as well as food. I have never seen anyone do anything similar to what I like to do with my creepy wares, so it is completely unique to me and my imagination.

Can you tell us why you find polymer clay the expressive medium for you?

The colours are so bright and vivid. The clay doesn't require any painting, but when you add acrylic details it just looks like a little 3d cartoon. I can make wierd and gross creations and people will still be like, "Oh that looks so delicious!"

Have you published any polymer clay books or do you have any in the works?

No, I have given a few polymer clay tutorials but that is it. I intend to make a photographic book of all of my creepy creations and their vivid colours, but thats after I have developed my portfolio as much as I am wanting to.

I know it is very difficult to express, but have you won any awards for your polymer clay work?

Ohhh no, not yet! I hope so!

What are your expectations for the future? Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?

Well, I just started my Monster Kookies business online about half a year ago. Monster Kookies is the combination of the fact that I do sweets (like Kookies) that are on the cutesy side of the spectrum, and that I also do gorey and creepy things, which would be on the weird and "Monster" side of the spectrum. I am part of both worlds - gorey and cutesy! I am hoping that it will become as well known as all of the other polymer clay artists and that I could spend my entire life just playing with clay.

Do you have any advice for the beginning polymer clay enthusiasts?

Just pick up a few blocks of clay and start sculpting. You don't need any books or instructions, just do whatever your imagination conjures up!

Are you a member of any Polymer Clay group,or any other craft organization?

Nope, I can't say that I am. However, I do participate at Craftster with all of the other clay fiends!

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

I prefer Fimo Soft and Sculpey III, namely because they are easy to work with, sculpt easily and doesn't take a lot of conditioning. I have never had a problem with it, and it'sthe first clays I started working with, so I am sticking with it!

Last and most important can you tell us all about you? Your family, your training?

Well, I am a certified Chef, went to chef school, but have always loved to craft. I am artistic and creative, and always have been. I love art, drawing, cartooning, painting, pasteling and all sorts of stuff! Polymer clay is just another medium. In my spare time, I cook bake and cake decorate... and I am working as a personal chef out of my own home. This helps, since I always have plenty of "food inspiration" around to aid in creating my tasty creations. I am in my early twenties, so I still have a long way to go and I love to soak up everything I can. I love to learn, and I love to create!

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