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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Talented Artist - Erin Page from Uncommon Love - Interview & Giveaway

Uncommon Love
About Erin Page


Northern Wisconsin born, woods and nature loving artist, crafter, and DIYer, relocated to sunny Florida.

I grew up in the middle of nowhere, 10 miles outside of a small paper mill town, but that nowhere sure was somewhere to me. My parents gave me quite the enriched childhood full of interesting experiences. We had a goat named Blossy (Blossom) a pony named Dandy, rabbits, kitties, dogs... A veritable menagerie. We even raised bees for a couple of years and had our own supply of honey. My Grandparents down the road milked cows and raised chickens. It was awesome. I spent a lot of time at my Grandma Page's house crafting and creating, learning to sew and crochet, and I also liked to draw...a lot. My Great Aunt Hazel was an Artist and I was always very inspired by her work, even her simplest drawings.

There was always a plenitude of crafting supplies around. My Grandma, Mom and three aunts all had there crafts they loved, and I loved to learn them. I made a lot of things, including braided yarn bracelets and necklaces, and in my naïveté of youth I thought I could sell them at the end of my driveway, on a dead end road, in the middle of nowhere. You live and you learn.

Fast forward to the last decade... I studied Fine Arts in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, studied abroad for a semester in the south of France, and after college taught English in Southern China for two years.

The world is an amazing place, and the people in it, even more amazing.

Thank you for letting me share a little about myself with you.

Peace and Love,
Erin

Links

Website // Facebook

Interview

1) Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

I had a small town start in Northern Wisconsin, went to school for fine arts, studied abroad in France and after graduating went to China to teach English for a couple of years. I eventually found myself in Florida. It was there that I started UncommonLove.


2) What’s the inspiration behind your work?

The inspiration behind my work comes from a place of love and humor. Being a part of bringing a little bit of joy and happiness into others' lives is truly what drives me to do what I do. The specific inspirations of quotes and text often come from my personal favorites: drinking coffee and tea, reading, chill time, enjoying a meal with family and friends, etc.


3) Where did you learn how to make hand stamped designs?

I first learned hand stamping through online tutorials. From there I got my first set of stamps, a set intended for stamping tools. There was a lot of trial and error learning which tools, stamps and materials worked best together. Once I had the right combo of tools and materials, I started collecting various metal design and font stamps.


4) What does your work place look like?

My workplace looks a lot like something you might find in a tool shop or a mechanics tool bench, etc. I have multiple tools, small and large. A jewelers saw, dremel and drill press are just some of the tools you will see when you're at the bench. I work from home, and the best place to do something so noisy and often dirty is in the garage. I have lovely wooden base and top kitchen cabinets that were recycled to form my work bench. Working from home, I also have the benefit of doing some of my work outdoors.


5) You make bookish items, where does your love for books come from?

My love for books and reading first came from my Dad. He was always reading a good book, and when my brother and I were children he would read us a chapter a night from many classics. Some of my fondest childhood memories were those evenings and as I grew older, summer days spent in the hammock reading Black Beauty and The Secret Garden, among others. In High School my love for literature was expanded further because of an A.P. English Teacher who pushed us to read outside of the boundaries to which we were accustomed and comfortable.


6) Can you tell a bit more about how you started your store?

I've crafted and created as long as I can remember. Family and friends started taking an interest in what I was creating and wanted an easy, stress free way to commission me and order custom work. I found Etsy to be a perfect place to fulfill that need and more, and that's how the UncommonLove shop was born.


7) You use a lot of cool quotes, where do you find them?

Some of the best quotes come from people I meet when I'm vending at Markets. I of course get their permission to use their quotes on my work. I'm also in love with puns, the punnier, the funnier. As I said earlier, I love to bring joy and happiness to others, and I've found the majority of folks out there get a hearty chuckle from a good pun.


8) Where do you find the vintage materials you use?

I do a lot of hunting for the vintage flatware I use to create my pieces. There's a lot of joy in the hunt, as you never know what you'll find. The variety, age and uniqueness of the old flatware is incredible. It often reflects the art and culture of the time in which it was created. Vintage shops and estate sales are just some of my haunts. If a client has me searching for a specific pattern, perhaps the style that a grandparent had, I will search online as well.


9) You love doing custom orders, what do you like the most about them?

The thing I like most about doing custom orders is the people. When someone comes to me to create a custom item, together we get to bring something to life. Their idea gets to become reality. I would never have created that unique item if they had not approached me. It's truly a collaborative process. In a setting where I'm working by and for myself, its surprising how much teamwork comes into play in the creation of my work.


10) What are your plans for the future? 

My plans for the future are to continue to grow my business and provide a place for people to bring their ideas to life. I love what I do and intend to continue to do what I love. That's what UncommonLove is all about.

Giveaway

Custom stamped bookmark

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a custom stamped bookmark and a $10 Amazon gift card from Erin Page.

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The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.

34 comments:

  1. The quality and design look amazing. Unique, fun and quirky too.

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  2. Oh, these items are fantastic.
    jan

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  3. These are very imaginative creations!

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  4. They would make unique gifts, great ideas.

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  5. these are quirky and inventive items and I think they're awesome!!

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  6. Amazing and unique creations! Good job!

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  7. You have some awesome items in your shop....glad I found it.

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    1. Thank you, James. :) I'm glad you stopped over to check it out.

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  8. These are beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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  9. These are very creative...loving em

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  10. What wonderful, unique creations!

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  11. I love your unique bookish items x

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  12. Hello Erin, I love your products. Thank you

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    1. Hi, Linda. :) Thank you so much!

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  13. Beautiful & useful - I love that.

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  14. I love the book marks! So original!

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  15. These are so cute and original. Love it!

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