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MONICA GIRARD

Your Company Name: Arteira na Web
Email Address/Web Page: mgirard@uol.com.br
   http://www.mgirard.blog.uol.com.br
City & State: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Type of Craft: PC Mixed Media

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

A colleague of the ceramica lessons invited me to make a course of PC. I was curious to know how could colorful lights be made. Then the PCvirus caught me.

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

Yes, my teacher and now friend, Beatriz Cominatto, who works with PC more than has 13 years here in Brazil. She was one of the great pioneers in Brazil to give lessons of these magical and charming clay.

What is your specialty?

Mix media and search. I do not have an straight line to follow. Try the improvisation and the newness.

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

Because it is a magical material and limitless possibilities to work to!

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

Just one brazilian magazine, worked together with members of Polymer Clay Brazil Guild.

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

No, I did not receive any invites till now.

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

To have a regular production of PC products.

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

Keep going... therefore it is rewarding, pleasant and amused at the same time to work with PC.

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

Yes, I am the 4th member of Brasilian Polymer Clay Guild.

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

FIMO because It was the first brand arrived here in Brasil. Premo and Sculpey also are nice, but it is not so easy to find it !!!

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

I am textile engineer, mommy, wife, full-time-worker as a Change Management Consulting to a multinational company. I prefer have fun with my family and PC in my leisure time on weekends and should try to do it more often to became the principal activity as soon as possible !

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