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Patti Kimle

Patti Kimle

Patricia Kimle has always been involved in art, from childhood on. Her early interests focused on apparel design and later, jewelry. Patricia holds a Ph.D. in Textiles and Clothing and taught apparel design at the college level for seven years.

She has been exploring polymer clay for nearly 20 years. About 5 years ago, she added metal clay to the mixture to create mixed media jewelry. Patricia sells her jewelry to galleries and gift shops across the country. She has two lines; a fashion line which combines silver and polymer with a strong nature theme, and an inspirational line which incorporates scripture verses and prayers in the silver. She uses all original drawings, carved designs, and molds of foliage collected in her own yard in her artwork.

craft show idea

It’s been more than 4 years since I’ve done a retail craft show, but this spring, I decided to do one at my local botanical garden.  It’s coming up fast!  The show allowed applicants to pick an indoor or an outdoor booth.  I chose indoor!  At least I won’t have to worry about the weather. 

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summer’s coming, ready for summer reading?

There’s little more than a month of school left for my kids.  My youngest is an avid reader and spends a great deal of time with books or kindle.  So over the weekend, I came up with a cute little guy to keep a reader’s place! Souffle is a very flexible, tough clay, even rolled

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Another mold, this one courtesy of Spring!

Is it Spring where you live?  I’m in the midwest and it’s really crazy.  In the space of 9 days, I froze in the stands at 2 soccer evenings, and got a sunburn at a third event between the two!  And Monday I woke up to the sound of the snowplow at four in the

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Round robin bracelet

It’s my turn!  The round robin package got to me this week.  I excitedly opened the package to see what the other gals contributed. Here’s the beads that came to me: Since the beads were nearly 7″ already, I knew I couldn’t add anything too wide.  I wanted to unify the beads and provide the

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polymer decoys for the holidays

Have you ever had a gift you were giving in your family that really couldn’t go under the tree?  Or shouldn’t because it would be obvious what it was? One of my kids asked for a guitar for Christmas this year.  I found a nice one on a used items exchange list.  But the box

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Juried exhibit entries

It’s that time of year again for me… no, not Christmas, it’s the entry deadline for my local art center’s juried craft design show. Juried shows are always a dilemma for me.  I don’t enter my “usual” designs or those which form the staples in my wholesale or retail lines.  I guess I expect that

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Trash Tools (or the Recycler)

While working on projects this week, I realized how often I use a few items in the studio that weren't tools to begin with.    My mom was a saver and re-user of many things, including plastic bags, rubber bands, and the like.  She never bought plastic containers, just reused ice cream buckets and yogurt

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Telling stories

At the Bead and Button Show, or in any class I teach, I like to tell stories while I'm demonstrating.  I talk about my experiences, my work and where it comes from, as well as funny things that have happened in my family related to my art over the past 20+ years.   Often when

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Being in a comfort zone, but with a nudge…

At the Bead & Button Show, here I am doing a demo during a class titled Mokume Gane at least 5 ways.  We organized the different techniques according to two variables:  1: How and what comprises the clay "strata" (ex. solid vs. translucent layers, inclusions, etc) and 2: How the Strata is manipulated or textured

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Bead & Button 2013

Unpacked!  Is it a law of physics that it takes 3 times as long to pack as unpack?    All my tools and supplies are back in their places in the studio.  The suitcase that weighed at least 75 lbs. this morning is now empty and put away.  It really only took an hour or

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texture sheets and multiple techniques

  Have you seen and tried the new Sculpey texture sheets?   There are many very versatile patterns included, in a variety of scale and fun patterns.  I have been playing with them for several months and thought I'd share a project that combines some simple techniques to good effect…   I started with a

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Matchy-matchy gifts!!

I got a bit of Christmas shopping done yesterday.  My husband has three nieces who are grade-school/middle-school ages.  I don't know what toys they like, but I feel safe buying them clothes.  So I picked out tops or sweaters for each of them, then brought them into the studio for a little personalizing!   All

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Shhh! Secret Santa!

This summer, my bff, my daughter and I went to Galena, IL for a girls' weekend.  Galena is an old river town resurrected into a tourist location.  There's lots of cute shops in every category, great restaurants, some historical sites (US Grant's home), some B&Bs, etc.  We checked out everything!  One of the hot trends

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The Home Stretch

My most recent book effort is nearing completion.  I've written a canework book that is appropriate for beginners and for those who want to explore color and design in depth.  Last summer, I shared some peeks at projects on this blog.   I recieved the nearly complete book mock-up from my editor today.  It's time

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Happy Creative December

Hello again!  Wow, I can't believe it's December already!  Where has this year gone so quickly?   I'm very pleased to be back this month blogging and honored to be on board for another year with the Sculpey Design Team!   What have I been up to?  Well, actually, developing a new line of jewelry

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crossing media and coming back

Like many artists, I like to try other media occassionally.  I came to polymer clay from textiles, so I took lots of fiber classes in college.  Later, I have taken watercolor painting classes, and on my own, I've explored other painting and mixed media.  One of my current outside polymer interests is making mixed media

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Spring stuff!!

One of the classes which I am teaching at the Bead & Button Show is my Leaf Fossil class.  The class makes use of sheet molds of foliage.  It's one of my favorite classes to teach, and seems to be fairly popular.   My own work has made use of leaf molds for many years

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Bead show!

Its time for me to get ready for the largest consumer bead show in the US!!  The Bead & Button Show, sponsored by Kalmbach Publishing, who bring us Bead & Button, Art Jewerly and Bead Style magazines is coming up quickly.  The event is a week of classes, shopping, learning, teaching, beads, jewelry, clay, wire,

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Review and book peek

                I’ve been around the polymer clay world for over 20 years.  In the beginning of my experience as a clayer, our corner of the art world was filled with excitement.  It often felt like a race.  Designers were intent on exploring and mapping the possibilities of this wonderful medium.  We were interested in developing

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My Christmas tree is a record of polymer in my family

    Generally, after our Thanksgiving turkey is picked clean, it's time for my middle child to get on our roof and string up our Christmas lights.  He gets this job because my husband doesn't like heights and my son is 14 and fearless.  I intended to avoid Black Friday (don't like shopping or crowds) but

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For the holiday table

     We've been invited to share Thanksgiving dinner with friends at their home this year.  So I'm not making the turkey, just a few dishes to bring to take the load off my host and hostess.  Since I'm not pressed for time or really busy in the kitchen, I can play with clay instead!!      

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benefits of housecleaning, er, studio cleaning

   I've been spending a little time each day lately cleaning in my studio, tackling different counters, drawers, etc. until I get distracted or better, inspired.  There are two types of organization for creative people, I've heard… those who have a place for every supply and every tool and everything is put away.  And those

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Knit one, Purl two, Mold, Sculpt

    November and December always find me knitting.  I have a long tradition of making a hand-knit sweater for my husband for Christmas.  I've been doing this for almost 20 years.  The sweaters are almost all original designs, and depending on my timeliness, sometimes they are vests!     The past two weekends marked the end

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Fall color

I love the season of Fall.  I don't get into Halloween much, and I'm relieved now that my kids are a little older that I don't have to deal with costumes and trick or treating anymore.  But I love the changing seasons, the leaves changing colors, then making piles that crunch underfoot.  (Thankfully, we live

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