As you know, my friends, my interviews are mostly about an artist's inspiration and creative journey, and I need to feel inspired by that particular artist's work, by her vision of creativity and art, by the beauty and passion she puts into her work, by the way her love for what she does shows through her work. Maria fulfills all of these criteria. Here she shares her artistic journey and inspiration with us!
- How did you choose the lovely name for your Etsy Shop, Heartshaped Creations?
I think that Heartshaped Creations was, in a way, destined to be the name for my Etsy Shop. I started working with clay during a rather tough period in my life and crafting was among the things that truly helped me to cope with what was happening. So, I guess there wasn’t a more suitable name than one which would show the love for my creations and what they really mean to me :)
- How did you first come to art and creativity? How did your journey in art and creativity begin?
I was searching for ways to express my creativity as long as I can remember myself. When I was younger I loved to draw, make collages from magazine pages or decorate items with the art of decoupage. It was only a couple of years ago that I discovered clay and started working with that medium. I haven’t stopped since! My mind is constantly filled with new ideas and I wish I will see all of them come to life one day.
- Why did you choose polymer clay as your particular medium of creative expression?
I started using polymer clay completely by accident, when I came across this particular medium in a craft store. I had never worked with clay in the past, so everything were quite challenging at the beginning. Regardless of the fact that I was not very happy with the first results, I kept on trying and working until the outcome finally made me happy. I’m in a constant learning and evolving process through my art.
- When and how did you realize this was your real and greatest passion?
I will never forget my excitement the first time I started working with clay. Even from day one I was working for hours, experimenting, trying to learn how to handle such a medium. I believe that most things happen in our lives for a reason… I know that if my life hadn’t taken that turn I would probably never even imagined that I could love creating so much.
- What are your main sources of inspiration?
My inspiration comes from things that I love and make my imagination take wings. Nature, animals and fantasy creatures are my main sources of my inspiration, with a cute and whimsical twist that is expressed through my art :)
- What do you like most about the creative process?
I have to admit that my least favourite part is when I have to condition the clay and blend the colours. It is the most tiring and uninspired part of my creative process. But once this stage is over, I’m getting all excited about seeing the idea that I have in mind slowly become reality. So, I guess my most favourite part is making the clay take form.
- How has life affected your art and art affected your life?
I definitely believe that my life has influenced my art. It kinda allows my inner child to express all the positive and sweet feelings that are inside of me. Consequently, the creating process also affects my life. It helps me satisfy the thirst for expression and makes me feel happy and warm within my heart.
- Art is about light and color! What are your favourite colors?
This may surprise you, but despite the fact that my creations are bursting with vivid colours and light my personal colour palette is rather different. I love black, earthy tones, purple, deep reds and olive greens.
- Did you have a formal training in the arts or your medium or attend art courses?
Despite some basic knowledge in drawing during early high school years, I have never attended any art course. Perhaps I may do that one day to expand my art and discover new things I could do with clay or even with other mediums.
- Do you have a studio or home studio or particular part of your home you have devoted to your artwork? Where do you create your artwork?