About The Artist: Garie Sim
Garie created the world's smallest teddy bear and other smallest item in polymer clay, tested the clay in water and combined it with other materials like magnets, film spool, ping-pong balls etc. to create toys, gifts, jewelry and crafts. Garie's years of research and experiments started the controversial technique of microwaving polymer clay and the technique of shrinking styrofoam with polymer clay to create clay containers. With Garie's experiments and testing of liquid clays , new techniques were created. Some of the new techniques were, liquid clay paints, realistic miniature cake that are added with baking soda and many others. Using polymer clay Garie also creates various types of Living Habitat for Ants, the ants successfully live up to its life span proving that the polymer clay is non-toxic to living things. information can be found on his website.
past twenty-seven years, Garie's diversity in creating with the
clay were featured in newspapers, local magazines and international
craft and clay magazines, on news and kids' programs on television,
both locally and internationally. Many of his original creations
with polymer clay are unique, unusual, whimsical and imaginative.
With more than eleven years of conducting play clay and drawing
classes, Garie and his family, is currently promoting creativity
with his arts in Singapore. Since the polymer clay is not commonly
used in the local schools or found in most of the local art retail
outlets, he is now a major supplier for polymer clays, tools
and accessories. This will ensure a continuous supply of the
mediums for the play clay classes, also for his young and adult
students. In addition, he is also actively promoting polymer
clay as a very versatile material for artistic creation, conducting
demonstrations in schools teaching in international schools,
clay parties, fairs and other events for kids in Singapore. He
creates polymer clay tutorials and projects for the international
magazines and online journals. Versatility of using polymer clay
to create clay animations for commercial and educational projects.
The play clay classes is catered, both for children and adults,
teaching them from basic to learning the various clay techniques.
Kids with learning disorders such as Dyslexia, Autism, Attention
Deficit Disorder or Hyperactivity have improved their conditions
from play clay classes. These classes have successfully groomed
many young and creative artists, many were featured in local
kids newspapers. To further promotes his creativity in the polymer
clay, Garie has published a book " Got Clay Can Play "
This is a unique polymer clay project book for children, fun
and easy to follow with step-by-step pictorial instructions and
illustrations. It is currently available in the National Library
Singapore, all the major book stores in Singapore and distributing
in the USA.
philosophy toward life is to recycle discarded items, like tin
foil, springs, magnets from damaged motors etc., that can be
transformed into art and hobby pieces. Sometimes, he is called
a rubbish collector. He picks up things which are visually interesting
that can be integrated into an art form. For example, he has
recycled film spools into a new and interesting art form. The
Magician pulls out a film strip with a string of pigeons
flying out of the spool. The Chess pieces sit on a matching
film strip chess board.
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