Sarah from Art By Sarah Savage
Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
I’ve always been a lover of color! If you were to walk into my house, you would find all colors and textures because I can’t get enough. I don’t like to stick to one thing for very long, I get bored easily of the same thing , so I tend to bounce around from style to style. You can find me painting colorful animals to black and white signs. It all depends on my mood. I love that I’m in control of what I paint. Even with custom orders, I still get to put my twist on the customers idea and more often than not, they just tell me to do my thing! I’m always inspired by the beauty of nature. Each season brings new colors and ideas. I will be bringing wood signs of all styles to The Handmade Market. I enjoy the holiday seasons, so you can expect there to be Christmas signs and ornaments! Some of my best sellers are my handpainted floral signs, and my hand lettered signs. I can not wait to meet all the lovely people that plan to attend The Handmade Market.
In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
My best avenue for selling is always in person! I love talking to people and meeting the face behind the sale. I get a lot of traffic through my Etsy shop, but it’s not as personal for reasons out of our control when it comes to online shopping. It’s just so much more exciting to see people browse the things I’ve poured my heart into and when they like it, all the better, knowing that what I love makes others happy!
What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
I create best when I’m alone with music! I work primarily out of my garage, so the outdoors is where it happens. I always put the garage door open so I can feel the air and hear the birds. Even the random background noises of cars and lawn mowers makes it a great workspace.
What is the weirdest job you have ever had?:
I guess the weirdest job I’ve had was when I worked for a lady who had a printing company that printed comp cards for models. It was just one lady working from her home and I worked part time by scanning in the models head shots and photos into the computer. I had to blow them off first with a can of air and then edit the pictures for any blemishes. This was way before the digital age I guess! I saw lots of funny photos and poses. Ranging from young to old and super hot people to “you probably should find another job” types!
Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
I’m not sure who will be there, so I’m excited in general to see what everyone has to offer, makes new connections and build new friendships. I’ve just recently moved to NC in June, so making new connections here will be of great benefit to learning what others in this area do and how they use their creative minds!
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:
Do what you love! Don’t try to conform to one particular trend or style, if that’s not what you like. Know that it takes a lot of hard work, especially in the beginning. Have integrity and work hard. I’ve found that kindness goes a long way. Not everyone will like your work and that’s ok. Just be who you are!
What is the best comment or compliment you have ever received for your work?
When I receive reviews on Etsy it makes my day. The ones that build me up the most are the ones that point to my work ethic. When someone sees that I put my all into what I do it makes doing it worth it. I may not be the best artist, but knowing I did the best I can is what I care about most.
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