Polymer clay is not something that would come to mind as a craft option for me, but I’m seeing it more and more. However, when I saw Evgeniia’s work, I had to get her on the interview list. Her work is full of fantastical life, and you can just imagine yourself in the world she creates around each piece. Evgeniia makes polymer clay jewelry and journals. Her work is intricate and definitely a slow movement art.
Let’s meet her!
How would you describe your polymer clay shop?
I make polymer clay jewelry and journals (sometimes figurines and wall art) in fantasy, boho styles. I love making out of the ordinary things (fantasy animals, dragons, magical creatures) as well as experimenting with new techniques and styles. I am relatively new to polymer clay, but I’m trying to develop my own style and create more inspirational jewelry and journals.
How did you get started making polymer clay jewelry and journals?
What do you love about making polymer clay jewelry and journals?
What don’t you like about making polymer clay jewelry and journals?
I don’t think there is anything I don’t love about polymer clay. Well, I don’t like when it becomes old and dry, it takes much more time to soften it, but at least it is still reusable!
What craft would you like to try other than making polymer clay jewelry and journals?
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone who wanted to open an online handmade shop?
What inspires you, or how do you keep your creative mojo going?
Everything! Nature, animals, beautiful photos or images, books… Inspiration is everywhere.
Where can we find you?
Feel like you’re on the set of Lord of the Rings yet? I just love how fantasy focused her work is. I can’t imagine the hours it takes to make one corner of a journal, let alone that necklace. It looks like Brazilian wood carvings!
I especially love Evgeniia’s advice, to find your own “space” or niche. So often, we jump on trends and try to emulate what is largely considered the “it” look. It’s far more rewarding and a long term approach to your business if you stay true to yourself. Even if you don’t know, or are unsure what that style is at first.
Go with your gut and create for you. Certainly know your influencers in your chosen medium; people you admire, or a style you want to incorporate into your own work, and make it your own. Always, always make everything you set out to make, your own.