Sarah Tector is a Raleigh-based designer whose philosophy is “less is more.” She specializes in custom made, one-of-a-kind, limited edition, and production pieces of jewelry and small sculptural objects.
What new and exciting pieces are you bringing to The Handmade Market this spring? I’m bring favorites and some new experiments. New vinyl colors, new acrylic colors and shapes, new powder coated designs and colors, and new wood pieces as well : )
What’s your favorite thing to make right now? I’ve been having fun trying designs in different materials. For example taking patterns in vinyl and translating them into powder coated aluminum and wood.
How did you get started with your craft? I started in school. I was originally looking for schools based on commercial art/graphic design and found ECUs great fine arts program. Once there I was more intrigued by sculpture and creating 3 dimensionally, but had a hard time getting into the smaller classes as an underclassman. My advisor suggested I try metal design; he called it small scale sculpture. Two weeks into the semester I was hooked. I’ve had fun revisiting commercial design by bring graphic elements into my work too.
What are the best and worst aspects of having your own small business? Freedom is definitely one of the best aspects. I succeed and fail based largely on my decisions. That leaves room for a lot of experimentation with design; taking risks and being prepared to handle what happens with those risks. It might not always work, but when it does it’s amazing and why I love being an artist.
One of the hardest things to deal with in a small business is rejection. You might love the latest work you have created, but the buying market or juror may not. You have to learn to roll with it, take the time to absorb the feedback and use it to your benefit.
Which artists are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? I’m looking forward to seeing the new Judah Ross line up close.
The Handmade Market is coming up super soon on May 12th! Make a point to swing by and see Sarah’s beautiful works.