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ALY SLOTBOOM

Your Company Name: Dinges
Email Address/Web Page: alyslotboom@shaw.ca
City & State: Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Type of Craft: Fimo decorations and lots more

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

I got once a fimo-decoration on my birthday, I liked it so much that I started working with fimo myself about 14 years ago. I am addicted to this kind of craft.

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

My first book about fimo was written by a Dutch artist, Carla Pont. She explain how to do it very easy and I like her work very much.

What is your specialty?

I love to make bears in all kinds of sceneries. Using wooden boxes, prepared books, glass ornaments, natural materials.

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

Everything you want to create is possible with this material, you can mix colours until you've got just the right one, you can something special and personal for everyone. I never buy gifts anymore, I make them and I must say that people are disappointed when I would bring them a bouquet of flowers on their birthday.

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

No, would love to, though.

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

No, I never entered any kind of competition. I showed my work on craft markets and demonstrated fimo products and what to do with them in a craftshop in my hometown. I also gave workshops.

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

In my earlier interview I wrote : work a lot with fimo, hope to make a book about fimo and I hope I can bring my enthusiasm over on a lot of others....the first and the last I did acomplish but the book not yet. My expectations now....a year ago we moved from Holland to Canada, we're waiting for the permanent residency now, so five years from now I still hope to live here in Canada, working as a recreational therapist and still being 'crafty' especially with fimo.

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

Start with something easy, don't be too hard on yourself when your work isn't quite the same as in the book, you can't copy exact, you always put something of yourself in your work.

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

No.

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

Fimo, nice colours, not too soft, easy to work with. I must say that they have changed colours and I don't like them all anymore. I am trying Sculpy at the moment, I don't like working with it, it's too soft, but fimo is hard to find here in Canada, just a few colours.

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

I am married, we have two sons who are now 22 and 18 years. We live since a year in Alberta and we love it here.My profession is recreational therapist. I love to do all kinds of crafts, knitting, flower arranging, wreaths, but favorite are working with fimo and making 'statues' out of t-shirts with fabric hardener. I also love to scrapbook. Busy with memories and family.

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