I am a self-employed graphic designer living on the beautiful Central Coast, in NSW, North of Sydney
I have worked with embroidery, weaving, and other fiber art for years as a creative artist. In 2017, as part of my quest for texture, I started incorporating polymer clay into my fiber art pieces. This evolved into incorporating fiber into my polymer clay pieces! Small wall hangings morphed into wearable pendants, then came earrings and other jewellery-related objects. The progression was very organic.
I consider my jewellery collections to be small-scaled, one-off pieces of wearable art. Each piece is unduplicated and unique is really important to me. Each pendant, earring or bowl is a limited edition – collectible and precious, completely individual piece, and the polar opposite of the mass-produced fashion jewellery flooding the market. It is important that my pieces be instantly recognizable as a “Heidi Helyard” piece.
For me, it’s all about colour and texture! The beauty of polymer clay is that it presents me so many opportunities to explore endless colour combinations, patterns, and textures.
Heidi’s website: https://heidihelyard.com/