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Many of us grew up playing with mounds of plasticine and play-dough, but I never really grew out of it. Instead, I traded in the dried and crusty play-dough for mountains of polymer clay.

My name is Kimberly, but many folks just know me as Kookie. Ever since I was a kid, I've always wanted to be an artist. I'm not just saying that, either! I remember being asked in Kindergarten what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I distinctly remember replying that I wanted to be an artist. I didn't quite know then just what sort of artist I wanted to be, but I did know that's what I wanted to do. What a joy it is to be a twenty-seven, living my childhood dream, and making art for people all over the world. There are pieces of me on every continent of the globe, and I find that pretty awesome.

My studio is located in Goderich, a little town in Southwestern Ontario, Canada,…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 30
  • Joined July 13, 2008

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Polymer Clay, Acrylic Paints, Wire, Jumprings, Gears, Cogs, Sprockets, Watch Parts, Ballchain, Link Chain, Antique Victorian Buttons, Beads, Electronic Components

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Many of us grew up playing with mounds of plasticine and play-dough, but I never really grew out of it. Instead, I traded in the dried and crusty play-dough for mountains of polymer clay.

My name is Kimberly, but many folks just know me as Kookie. Ever since I was a kid, I've always wanted to be an artist. I'm not just saying that, either! I remember being asked in Kindergarten what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I distinctly remember replying that I wanted to be an artist. I didn't quite know then just what sort of artist I wanted to be, but I did know that's what I wanted to do. What a joy it is to be a twenty-seven, living my childhood dream, and making art for people all over the world. There are pieces of me on every continent of the globe, and I find that pretty awesome.

My studio is located in Goderich, a little town in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, where I live with my partner in crime, Jason, and many fury rodents. It's a cozy little place that has enough room for the two of us and a studio, and that makes my heart content. My work has been featured in quite a few magazines including Rue Morgue, Just Steampunk, and Creepy Queen Magazine as well as a few books - 1000 Steampunk Creations, Eight Arms of Inspiration, and on the cover of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle (French version) by Haruki Murakami.

In the recent years, I have attempted to use my craft to do a little good when I can, such as August 2011 when an F3 Tornado hit and devastated our beloved town. With the help of folks all over the world, Monster Kookies managed to raise $819 in donations for our little town. It wasn't much, but this money went towards helping those who lost or had damage to their homes and businesses. We've also raised money for Food Banks Canada and the Canadian Mental Health Association - all worthwhile causes that are close to my heart. I've seen the kindness of strangers, and I have many Monster Kookies admirers, fans, and customers all over the world to thank for that. I plan to hopefully do more fundraising in the future, so keep your eyes open for that.

Most of my work is held in private collections throughout Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and elsewhere. Monster Kookies has been featured at 'Elizabeth's Art Gallery' in Goderich, ON, 'Fan Expo' in Toronto, ON, 'The Snowflake Ball 2013' in Ottawa, ON, and The 'Mutter Museum' in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2012, a few original Monster Kookies designs (a MechOwlie and Mechanical Jellyfish) were chosen to be mascots in the set design for Toyota's 'Free Yr Radio' concert series and website design. In the Spring of 2014, two of my industrial creatures were featured at the 'Steampunk: Art of Victorian Futurism' Exhibition at the Seoul Arts Center in Seoul, South Korea - they are planning to bring this show to Beijing and Shanghai in the near future.

Collaboration projects that I have been a part of involve Lauren Zurchin, a talented photographer who created the Beyond Words project - a calender featuring beautiful photos of fantasy authors. Monster Kookies created the industrial heart used as the chest piece worn by Gregory Maguire featured in this calender. Monster Kookies has also paired with Daniel Proulx of Catherinette Rings to create a line of steampunk themed polymer clay hearts featuring Daniel's beautiful metal coiling and focal bead techniques as well as a wide array of watch parts and hand-weaved necklace chains.

Sculpting really keeps me sane. Most of my insanity ends up in my work, as you can tell by some of my off-the-wall designs. You don't see any Tentacle Infested Cupcakes and Mechanical Jellyfish in real life, do you? I'm glad to share my insanity with the rest of the world.

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