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Title: Natalia García de Leániz, designer - Contemporary Jewelry
Period: XX Century
Provided by: RSC
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Natalia began working with polymer clay more than 20 years ago, fascinated by the versatility and infinite creative possibilities that this material offers.
Natalia's work is mostly contemporary jewelry, combining clay with silver and thus creating unique pieces.
She uses techniques such as mica shift (volume effect with metallic polymer clay, although the piece does not have any relief), millefiori (construction of a multitude of forms combined with each other), skinner blend (degraded in sheets of clay) or mokume gane (combining sheets of different materials at the same time).
Her work is inspired by nature, but also by fashion, design, architecture, cartoons, fabrics, furniture ..., “everything that surrounds us and make us feel”. Her interest in this artistic path has led her to create the Polymer Clay Spanish Association and has collaborated in books and international publications to make known this art.
She has also taught courses in Spain, Europe and the United States, and has participated in international events such as Synergy and Eurosynergy. Also, Natalia has collaborated in the Staedler FIMO brand´s annual symposiums and coordinated the project "FIMO50" to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the brand and raise funds for the K.I.D.S. Kentucky Center and the Samunnat Project of Nepal.
The polymer clay formula was developed in 1939 by Sophie Rehbinder Kruse, the daughter of German doll maker Käthe Kruse. It is a type of clay to model with flexible and easy-to-work polyvinyl chloride (PVC) polymer, which hardens when heat is applied to the oven. It can be varnished or decorated with special lacquers and pens or with resistant acrylic and oil paintings,but you can also color the clay byadding pigments to the mixture and achieve vivid and original color palettes.
Polymer Clay Global Perspectives: Emerging Ideas and Techniques from 125 International Artists. Tinapple, C. (2013). Published by Watson-Guptill.
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