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Garie Sim

Your Company Name: Play Creations (Play Clay Workshop)
Email Address/Web Page: garie@starhub.net.sg
   www.garieinternational.com.sg
City & State: Singapore
Type of Craft: Unique comical and whimsical miniature polymer clay creations,the World's Smallest Teddy Bear, smallest snow globe, smallest magnetic figures and Film Spool Art chess sets.

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

I first started playing with plasticine when I was in Primary school but I went into it seriously in the 70s'. Back then, I was also courting my wife, so I was trying hard to impress her with my music, arts and plasticine clay figurines. But I soon realised that my plasticine figurines could not last and would melt away. This made me pretty upset! I knew then that I had to look for alternatives and I chanced upon Fimo at a local retail outlet in the 1980s.

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

There are many artists who inspire me in my art and clay interest and two of my favorites are Alexander Calder and Bruno Lucchesi.

What is your specialty?

My specialties are in creating the smallest polymer clay miniatures and bears about 1.0 mm (refer to my website) without the use of magnification tools. I also specialise in combining polymer clay with anything that is visually interesting and turning them into arts, crafts, gifts and toys. I like to test and conduct various experiments with polymer clay by continuously pushing its boundaries, like aquafloats, clay in water, microwaving the beads, clay miniatures, creating styrofoam technique, creating clay paint, using clay to create habitat for ants and plants. I also like to create unique, whimsical and unusual clay creations and teach children (normal and special) in creative play clay and drawing classes.

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

Polymer clay is a unique man made clay medium whose only limitation to creativity is in our own minds.

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

I am in the process of publishing my clay book. This full colour, illustrated step-by-step book showcases my original creations as well as the work of some of our students.

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

No, but I have been featured in numerous magazines (local and international), local newspapers (English and Chinese), local television program for kids ( English, Chinese, Indian and Malay) and the news (local and foreign). You can refer to my website for more details.

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

I hope that all schools will use Polymer clay, a fine art medium, for their creative education in the future. In the next 5 years, I hope to continue to publish my original creative ideas and expand the polymer clay community in Singapore.

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

There's no fixed rule to polymer clay. Just play with it and have a fun, happy, stress-less, healthy active mindset when it comes to clay creation.

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

I am a member of Polymer Clay Central, City-o-clay, clay-polymer, ExpressionVillage, Polymer_Clay_People and UKPolyClay.

What brands of polymer clay do you prefer and why?

I prefer FIMO Classic, Premo, Elasticlay, SuperFlex, All Liquid Clays and Cernit. My objective is to intermix the clay for durability, flexibility and strength.

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

I am an Artist, Architectural/Interior Designer, Teacher for Drawing/Clay, a self made Clayman, and a rubbish collector of visually interesting objects. I have been using polymer clay for more than 25 years, even while I was still practicing as a commercial and residential designer. I have been teaching Arts and Clay fulltime for the past 9 years.

My aspiration and inspiration of life comes from the unity and support of my family. My goals for creating Clay and Drawing classes are to teach, guide, inspire, and help all kids to cultivate and generate creativity in arts, which is an important and essential part of growing up.

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