Food and Fimo

I became interested in polymer clay in 1988, when a number of things serendipitously led me to take a workshop from Kathleen Dustin. At the time I had a large vegetable/herb garden and was experimenting with different colored inlays of herbs and vegetable purees into handcrafted pasta. One day I’d been tempted to buy FIMO after enjoying a display of miniature food at a local doll house store. I bought a piece of polymer clay jewelry at the Smithsonian Museum gift shop that had been made by Steven Ford and David Forlano (they called themselves CITY ZEN CANE-then). I had been taking courses at The Art League School at The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria VA for ten years. That fall Kathleen Dustin was offering a workshop on polymer clay bead making. At the time I had no interest in making beads, but I was fascinated by the material so I signed up (and ended up making about four hundred beads that first week!)

A lifelong artist, Lindly was delighted when she discovered polymer clay in 1988. Admired for her gently empowering teaching style, Lindly has taught hundreds of polymer clay workshops during the past fifteen years. A founding member of the National Polymer Clay Guild and the co-editor of their newletter for three years, Lindly remains active in the polymer clay community.