Wooing with whimsy

 Serena Ghidoni's mermaids wrap up whimsy week on PolymerClayDaily.com

Italy’s Serena Ghidoni (Mondoinundito) admits that she loves swimming, photography, and Disney.

You can sense the heart she puts into her small, flowing, translucent mermaid charms. Her style combines Art Nouveau and fantasy with sparkle.

Today’s artists who gravitate to polymer whimsy mind their social media. Serena has nearly 44K followers on Instagram alone and she’s covered all the bases including YouTube. Facebook and Etsy.

The inspirations have ranged from Barbies and Disney to animals and monsters. The power of these handmade whimsies begins in the artist’s experience and travels online to a receptive audience.

Are there significant toys and trinkets in your experience that deserve to be included in your art?

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The fascination of whimsy

What's the story behind Tina Wu's whimsical sculptures on PolymerClayDaily.com

Does this sculpture from Tina Yu belong in PCD’s whimsy week? “I used to collect Barbies when I was little and growing up I was always fascinated with unique and one-of-a-kind ball jointed dolls,” says Tina.

She is a Chinese-raised New York-based artist/designer who studied graphic design at Pratt Institute. This twenty-something admits that even though she often spends up to nine hours a day working on her sculptures, she doesn’t plan out what she will do beforehand.

Whimsy is defined as extravagant, fanciful, playful, or odd. Her works surely check off those boxes. And she has hundreds of thousands of followers. She’s struck a nerve and amassed an enthusiastic following on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and elsewhere.

How do you explain the fascination of this whimsy?

Whimsy week

Corbitt's pigmy marmoset visits PolymerClayDaily.com during whimsy week

It’s turned into PCD whimsy week and today’s features come from Washington’s Dayna Corbitt (WhimsyCalling). “I’m assuming you love all things fantastical, slightly odd, and melt-your-face-off-cute. I am the same sort,” says Dayna.

Corbitt's baby armadillo visits PolymerClayDaily.com during whimsy week

Here she dreams up a marmoset and a blue baby armadillo. Recently she added albino bats, butterfants, a lotus turtle, a dragon, a sloth with a cactus on its head, and a cute alien.

This kind of creation may not be wandering around in your head (not in mine, for sure) but we sure can admire the fantasy and the skill it takes to bring these creatures to life. See more on Facebook and Etsy.

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