From The Birdy Wear Collection
Ginny on right and Sam in front
Hi my name is Birdy Heywood and I have been
'A Happy Polymer Clay Addict'
for over 25 years.
As a young girl at school during the sixties, I had the dream of one day becoming a scuptor and artist. Then suddenly at the age of 17, my whole family relocated to Germany with my father's work and the opportunity of becoming an art student and later an art teacher, was no longer possible. I learned the German language, made friends, settled and later married, but the urge to create drove me to find something to do with my hands.
One day I came across a bag of leather scraps in a shop and was soon piecing them together to make handbags, waistcoats and jackets which I sewed on my grandmother's ancient sewing machine. Soon I was ordering large sacks of offcuts to complete the numerous orders that were coming in. It gave me such a buzz that people liked my creations and were willing to pay for them, especially as the finished articles were made up out of odd scraps and transformed into something beautiful and desirable.
After the break up of my marriage I moved back to England in 1978. I remarried and gave birth to my second child Ginny, who was born premature. I suffered from post natal depression, which was horrid being stuck in that in between World. It was difficult finding suitable leather to create the bags, so in order "to pull myself together" I turned my hands to something else, premature babies' clothes. This eventually evolved into sweatshirts with applique and maternity wear. It pulled me out of my depression but didn't quite have that extra ingredient to satisfy my creative appetite. I carried on sewing for a few years.
Then one day, my eldest daughter came home
with a few packs of coloured clay called FIMO.
and my life changed forever!
NOW I HAVE FOUND
POWERTEX FABRIC HARDENER TOO
THERE IS NO STOPPING ME!
I enjoy sharing my ideas with others through workshops and at demonstrations. Below are some really simple step by steps to get you started. Just click on the links below
Free Tutorial magical jewellery from scrap clay.
I experimented alongside my daughter Mel and we had some great fun and also quite a few failures from which we learned from.
Before long I felt confident enough to sell my little creations alongside my Birdy Wear at Craft Shows. Gradually my FIMO creations took over and Birdy Wear ceased to exist apart from sewing my own children's clothes.
I sent some samples to the distributors of FIMO in the UK at that time and they asked me if I was interested in becoming a demonstrator. "Well yes," I said, if they sent me somewhere quiet for the first time. Result was....
wait for it............................................................
They sent me to London to Harrods for 2 days! Talk about in at the deep end! Boy was I scared but I did it and gained a lot of confidence.
Now after over 30 years,
I am known to be
one of Britain's leading Polymer Clay
artists and have demonstrated
and taught all over the country.
Elfen Folk enjoying the sunshine
Me 25 years ago with my full sized man made from FIMO
Nanuk the Great White Spirit Bear who came to me in a dream so I spent 2 whole weeks making him.