Mary Hamby from Twenty Two West
Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
I am a full time artist working out of my studio in Charlotte, North Carolina. My goal is to combine nostalgic roots with modern designs in each of my handmade pieces. I use the classic techniques of weaving, ceramics, and woodworking to create wearable art and to build approachable sculptures that suit the modern home. My interior design background pointed my aesthetic toward character-driven art that has a clear focus and an emphasis on texture. My art has been a way to connect with other craftspeople for sourcing handspun, naturally dyed fibers, sustainably sourced wood, and community driven ceramics. My passion is to connect people with beautiful and attainable art.
In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
I sell online and through Instagram, but my favorite sales are in person. I love seeing the way people connect with my work and hearing about how they are going to incorporate our pieces in their lives.
How did you come up with your business name?:
The name of my business, Twenty Two West, comes from a place that inspires me – the address of the home where I grew up in Greenville, South Carolina. It is such a special place filled with joy and I wanted to bring a piece of that into the work I am making.
What is the best comment or compliment you have ever received for your work?
I met a man at a show and he kept coming back to my booth and looking at the loom blocks. Finally he told me that he was a social skills teacher and when he looked at the fluffy roving at the bottom of the loom blocks it reminded him of the importance of being kind. He does an activity with the kids in his classroom using sand paper to represent harshness and cotton balls for kind words. I love the thought that looking at my pieces would be a reminder to love our neighbors.
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