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IMAGINATION IS THE EYE OF THE SOUL Joseph Joubert. I am a mother of four...I still remember the smile that refused to go away for weeks after our daughters birth. To have a little girl appear after three sons seemed such a miracle. I have always enjoyed My Doll World, sharing it with Lara when she was little. Today I design knitted outfits for miniature dolls and enjoy every minute of it. The fact that the outfits are removable is what makes it so special for me. Using ever finer threads has opened so many MINIATURE DESIGN opportunities.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Manda Theart Fimo Artist

"MANDA THEART" Fimo Artist Extraordinaire

I have long been an admirer of Manda's creativity......I first met her at a teddy fair 10 years ago.She was standing behind her stall wearing these huge sun glasses. behind them were these very red eyes. Someone had broken into their car and stolen or broken so much of her stock.

It pleases my soul that I arranged her first teaching class by telling her to 
arrive in Durban for the occasion...

We had 15 people in the first class ever. 
Our class rules were ...

We leave unhappy talk outside...

No stressing, just enjoy the process. 

No mobile phones unless one has direct contact with Mr Mandela himself...
None of us would ever keep him waiting.

Also not to worry there would be mobile phone breaks!!!


How awesome is that!

Manda is a born teacher and happily shares her techniques with her students. 
As I have always said to Manda....
"Sharing techniques of a craft is not teaching someone to be an artist."

Having her knowledge of how to manipulate the clay and the do's and don'ts of a multitude of things is vitally important to shorten the learning curve of others aspiring to her art form.

The quality of how something is made improves only with practice and more practice.


How wonderful are these tiny little goodies.


 Manda made me "toys and Stuff" for my Teddies and Miniature Dolls.
Seeing them here photographed on my hand shows just how small they are.
 I love the way the items complement my work and am indeed grateful to Manda

Do yourself a favor watch Manda on youtube making one of these little bears
You will be leaning into your monitor eagerly
We would love to know what you think
Invisible eyes on the teddy...Nooooo...Perfectly sized eyes.
Watch her rearrange the position of the Teddy's head
Manda strives for perfection.


Like everything most of us have to start at the beginning...In this first book Manda shares many of her techniques on how to make the various aspects of tiny teddies. They all take practice and having learned the techniques you can make the art of fimo sculpting your own in a far shorter time than going in blind......after all time is so very precious.

Artistry and taste is innate.

I am reminded of what an antique dealer once said ...
He goes to bed at night praying 

"That people with money would get taste and people with taste would get money!!!"

Ah we all need a little extra money...don't we. 
All those miniatures that are out there.

Email if you would like to contact Manda.

I can let you have her email address!


  1. Fimo and me have a love hate relationship. I love what other people make with it and it hates my hot hands. Manda's creations are exquisite!

  2. My goodness how adorable and tiny!!! I love them!!! =)

  3. I'm so proud to have a little collection of these beautiful creations.

  4. I would like to purchase her book. How can I get ahold of her?

  5. How I wish I could be with you, my daughter-in-law bought me a couple of the precious rattles and a few of the Teddy bears....just wonderful.

  6. I am the proud owner of some of these beautiful rattles, teddy bears
    and toys. My daughter-n-law bought them for me when she lived in S.A. and it always amazes me that someone can work with such small items and give them such detail. Wonderful.