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!
How did you learn your craft?:
I’ve always been a “maker” of sorts. I learned electronics very young by taking apart (and sometimes fixing!) my toys. I learned lamp wiring via YouTube! The best way to learn your craft is to dive in and learn along the way!
Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
Bicycle Trash! Their work is so creative and innovative and green. I love it!
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.
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!
We all have those people that love you tell us what we “should” make. What’s the worst “best tip” you’ve ever gotten?:
If you have sold or attended before, what’s your favorite Handmade Market memory or purchase?:
My very first Handmade Market was also my very first show, ever! I was so nervous that no one would “get” my work. It’s really tough to present your inner creativity to the world in such a grand setting. However, it went really great, and seeing people’s faces light up (literally and figuratively!) is my favorite part of the whole show!