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« on: October 23, 2013 05:57:26 PM »

I'm very excited to introduce our featured artist for the third quarter, the one and only maxxev!
She has graced this board (and a few others) with her wonderful works of art and many fine tutorials.
I've long admired her precise, beautiful work with polymer clay, and I'm sure many folks on Craftster feel the same way, so without further ado, read her fascinating interview.

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How long have you been crafting? Why did you start?
I've  been making something for as long as I can remember. I was lucky enough to have parents who were if not both artistic, were at least creative and who understood how rewarding Art in any form can be. As children we were always encouraged to create (regardless of the ensuing mess) whether it was helping to make and decorate cookies and fairy cakes, painting, or making a giant pumpkin costume from willow branches and crepe paper.
I guess its not so much a case of why did you start as it never occurred to me to stop



Besides polymer clay, are there any other media you are interested in or like to use?
Changing interests over the years have led me to dabble in many crafts (or at least the more affordable ones) over the years from beading and cross stitch to  wire work and silk painting   though polymer clay seems to have eclipsed most of other crafts I do. Its such a versatile media, with so many techniques its something you feel you could spend years working with yet never really master. It fascinates me, theres always something new to learn.
I enjoy working with ceramics and I still like to break out my oil pastels and coloured pencils from time to time.

What inspires you?

It's embarrassing to admit, but I'm not entirely certain. Sometimes its obvious, a desire to recreate an image, or a shape or a colour other times I can be doing something else entirely and my muse will just jump in with what about this? and dump a fully formed image in my head. She occasionally takes over when I'm working with, dont do that, do this then you have no idea what your afternoon will produce, but you can be pretty certain its not what you were supposed to be doing.



Do you have a crafty/creative philosophy?
Not that I'm aware of ...I try to be original, I try to be different. Does that count?
 Dont be ashamed to be a little bit weird  Grin



Besides the Pottery, Ceramics and Polyclay board, is there anywhere else on Caftster people can find your work?
Polymer clay is my weapon of choice but I pop up occasionally on the Bath and Beauty, Jewellery, Art and Cooking boards.

What other types of crafts interest you?
I admire anyone who can sew (my sewing machine terrifies me) or work with yarn and wool but craft of almost any description fascinates me and there are so many I'd love to try my hand at.
I've been trying to experiment with a few new crafts lately including pyrography and expanding my chain mail and beading skills but I've got my eye on lamp work bead making and silver smithing too.



What is your favorite creation you've posted on Craftster?
I'm something of a perfectionist and there aren't too many pieces I can look back on years later and not itch to take apart or redo but my penguin colony pin remains one of my favourites.



(cane and cane slice)


It was one of those happy accidents that turns out better than the original concept (it wasnt meant to have a 3 dimensional element). It was my second proper cane too, so to have it reduce so well was a great confidence boost for me and of course, it features my favourite of birds, penguins!
I'm also really pleased with my recent segmented pieces. Lots of potential for fun there

What is your favorite thing that someone else has posted?
 Craftster has so many talented artists I'm not sure I could pick just one particular thing from any of the boards. Seriously, I take my hat off to all of you.



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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2013 07:58:56 PM »

Great choice, I love her work!
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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2013 04:32:08 AM »

Always am so impressed by her work. Congratulations on being featured! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2013 03:49:03 AM »

thank you Smiley
and thank you to Cackle for featuring me Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2013 11:17:11 AM »

My pleasure and privilege!
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2014 09:56:01 PM »

Never saw this post before- loved reading about You,  Maxxev - and seeing more of Your amazing work! I'm so happy to own some of Your wonderful pieces! Smiley
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