Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Shop of the Week No. 14, HiGirls

I'm late with the Shop of the Week post this time round, we've had a bit of a problem with some 'repair' work the telecoms engineers made outside, leading us to be cut off for a few days. 

This week's Shop of the Week was chosen by Patricia from TheButterflyQuilter. Here is the winning treasury.

As someone who works with polymer clay myself, I just love what Lisa of HiGirls can do with polymer clay. I have worked candle holders and some photo frames in the past but I never even thought about teapots. This shop is full of colour and a delight to browse. Let's find out a little more about the owner, Lisa.

Tell us a little about yourself and your work

Born into an artistic family, I have always dabbled in various arts. I learned to sew, knit and crochet as a child, and although I did not major in art, I always took a variety of art classes through college and beyond. For many years I owned and operated a picture framing shop/art gallery. Making bags and working with polymer clay became passions of mine around the same time and as my children were growing up.  I have a tendency to go back and forth from fabric to clay, which keeps me engaged.

What inspires your work?
My work is often inspired by trips to an art gallery, or a walk in the park. There are endless sources of inspiration in the world around us. I am also inspired by the many fabulous clay artists I have met online.

What are your favourite colours? 
Choosing a favourite colour is like asking a mother who her favourite child is! I refuse to answer that question!

What is your favourite medium/material?

I love working with polymer clay and can get lost in the process for many hours. I also love fabric; you should see my huge fabric stash! Finding ways to combine the two is something I am always on the lookout for. (And then there is yarn…)

What is your favourite holiday destination?
For many years, my family has owned a cottage on the coast of Maine – north-eastern coast of the US. It’s a very peaceful place to be. My dream vacation however, would be a trip to Europe.

What other artists work to you admire and aspire to?
There are so many talented polymer artists to choose from, but I am currently fascinated with work by ArtyBecca and Carol Simmons. Mostly I’m inspired by all the great polymer artists who I have come to know in the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy.

What are you most proud of?

Rather than one project of technique, I am most proud of my ability to move forward in new directions with my art. I have currently added embellished teapots to my shop, and plan to do more of these, until I find something else that captures my attention!

Thank you so much Lisa for taking part, and sharing your talent with us. If you want to look at more in Lisa's shop, just click here.