Jeremy Tuttle from Tuttleworks
Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
My heaviest style and influence is “steampunk”, a subgenre of science fiction that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Inspiration hits me anytime I see something mechanical or complex. I absolutely love ambient lighting, which is the main reason I make lamps!
In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
By far the best avenue for selling my work has been trade shows and festivals. I love talking to like-minded folks who find my work fascinating. The expression on their faces when they seem my work is heartwarming.
I hardly sell anything online, unfortunately. The competition is fierce. I’m sure if I invested hours upon hours of time into social media, I would sell more, but I also have a day job!
Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
Silver Palate Feeders. These look amazing!
What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
I’m not able to put myself in the mood. I have to wait for it to arrive. It ebbs and flows. I create much better alone. I can work in a group setting, but you won’t hear much from me – I get very absorbed into my work! I prefer listening to music – usually alternative or swing jazz. Indoor.
How did you come up with your business name?:
My business name (“Tuttleworks”) uses my last name (Tuttle). I felt that it rolled off the tongue well. I also purposefully kept it genre-neutral so I wouldn’t be bound by certain types of products – I like to build all sorts of things!
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t sell much online. The competition is overwhelming. Try various festivals and markets – people are much more likely to appreciate, and purchase, your work in person!
What is the best comment or compliment you have ever received for your work?
That’s tough. I get overwhelmed with emotion when anyone purchases one of my lamps – every time feels like the greatest compliment I could ever receive. For someone to trade their hard-earned money for a work of art that I made – that’s pure respect, both ways.