The secret 'custom carved rubber stamp sauce' is devotion to custom art and service to people. I started to carve about ten years ago, not realizing that it would become something that I could not put down!
An Interview with Michelle of Sparrow Foot Stamps
When did you first start creating?I have always loved/done some type of art. But carving is something I have done for about 12 years now. Started with wood and went to rubber about 9 years ago! I have always known that I was in love with art, even as a young child. The talent that God gave me keeps evolving and expanding with different mediums.
How did Sparrow Foot Stamps come about?
I heard about Etsy in 2008, opened an account but was so busy with kids that I didn't actually put anything in it until 2012!
The name is pretty cool, what made you decide on this?
Sparrow Foot Stamps got it's name from the name of a small town that I saw whilst on vacation! I love birds and just loved the way it sounded. The business started as card selling using my stamps, but quickly became a custom carved stamp business, focusing on weddings and detailed fine art stamps.
What drives you to create?
The drive to create is just within me. It is just the way I look at the world, also, I think when you are given a talent you should use it and not waste it! Creating something that helps someone make their wedding or other function extra special is also what drives me, making that person feel special.
How do you get inspired?
I love drawing and it is a huge part of what I do. so I actually get to do two things for a customer the art and the carving from that art! The customer actually inspires me by asking 'Can you create something with these ideas?' Or asking me to come up with something I had never thought of before, it is like a grand adventure, in my opinion!
How would you describe your style?
My style is most likely eclectic in just about every aspect of my life! I am drawn to bright colors and might lean a little toward an artsy look!
What is your favorite part about your creative process?
My most favorite part is the end when I get to see the image I have just carved, printed, and then the customers response!
What environment do you like to work in?
I don't have a studio right now. I prefer to work at my kitchen table where it is nice and bright! I have all of my supplies in a wood tray right at my fingertips! I do my work at all times of the day. I carve about 4 to 6 hours a day. The only thing I don't like about what I do is all of the sitting! So, I make sure to get up and move around frequently, which isn't hard with kids still at home ( we home school ).
Do you listen to music while you work, and if so what do you listen to?
I don't listen to music all of the time but I do prefer classical, also there is a song called 'How could I be lonely' by Stacey Marcus that is very uplifting. But is only available on YouTube, so I just keep is up and listen to it from time to time to inspire and cheer me!
What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
The best advice I ever heard was to just keep creating art, no matter what type, or how good you think you are at it. Sooner or later you will find that you are getting better and better!
Describe your work in three words.
Creating, Joy, Sharing
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