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Theresa Mendoza

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Email Address: tamdogbonez@hotmail.com
   http://tamangocrafts.blogspot.com/
City & State: Valrico, FL
Type of Craft: Plastic canvas, cross stitch, card making, polymer clay (of course), drawing, and other general crafts.

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

I saw a project being done on a craft show and thought it was very interesting. The second time I saw a different project being done on the same craft show and thought I have to try it. That was about two years ago.

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

Linda Peterson. She was the one I saw on the craft show. Both times she did a whimsical character and being a lover of animation, it caught my attention. I have worked with clay before, but this was something different and I saw all the possibilities of it. Linda Peterson made it look simple and it was simple when I tried her methods. She is my favorite designer and I look up to her for her creativity. I also took a liking to Donna Kato because of how she makes her work look clean and elegant. Also Maureen Carlson because of her technique in sculpting dolls.

What is your specialty?

I like doing fun characters and functional peices.

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

Because you can relay what you are feeling through your work. With the characters, you can put a certain expression in their face and pose them in a manner that coincides what you are feeling inside. It's a good way to release tension as well as giving a fun gift.

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

No, but I have a few ideas.

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

Unfortunately not...I am sure it would help if I joined a contest though.

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

Currently I am in the process of moving to New Mexico within a couple of months and I am working on writing an inspirational book. I would like to devote serious time to sculpting and starting my own craft web page to sell my work. I would like to use my creations to somehow inspire people to have faith in God and I also want to use my creations to raise awareness about animal rights.

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

Always have fun and experiment to find what you like to do the most. Don't be discouraged if it doesn't turn out as you expect. I have burnt and tortured many projects before getting the hang of it and I still have a lot to learn even after a couple of years.

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

Currently no, but when I move I hope to find a place to make new friends, share my work, and learn more from others.

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

Sculpey is pretty easy to work with and they have a lot of colors to choose from. I also like Fimo Soft because that is easy to work with as well and I don't burn it!

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

I have always loved to draw comic book style and I got involved with crafts when I was 18 after I saw my mother working with plastic canvas. Then I graduated to cross stitch, then card making, then painting plaster Christmas villiages (which I am still working on), then polymer clay. I still do allm these things plus more. I love being creative. I am my most happiest when I am being crafty and I just love giving my work as gifts to family and friends. I am also in the process of writing an inspirational book (look for me in the bookstores) and trying to create a web page so that I may sell my work. I get my love for working with my hands from both of my parents. My mom loved to sew and knit and my dad built remote controlled airplanes so I guess being artistic is in my blood. Everything I have done and do was self taught by watching craft shows and reading books. I am happily married for 8 years now and I have three wonderful dogs.

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