you for visiting Artifacts Website! I am a mixed media artist and I
love creating seasonal art. I sculpt with a variety of materials and
incorporate found artifacts and vintage items of all sorts. I love to
design things that light up! Many of my pieces are created to hold lights.
I sculpt year round, and I still enjoy making special order santas when
time allows! Sometimes I will put side project originals on Etsy.com.
Each piece I make is hand sculpted (without the use of molds) in my
St. Louis studio.
As part of my expanding endeavors I have licensed some of my artwork
since 2004. Originals have been reproduced into
a wide array of decorative sculptures, candle lamps, bowls, lamps with
shades, tart warmers, and ornaments. Tiny
sculptures with primitive
have been used within floral
designs. These sculptures are about an inch tall, and have reflected
just about every licensed collection I've developed. Previous collections
have included seasonal designs, as well as everyday
designs with salt box houses, bird houses, sculpted quilt patterns,
farm animals, baskets, beehives, and other primitive themes. I am able
to tailor licensed work to clients, the style of their business, and
their production mediums.
I have a couple
of unusual influences that helped my business develop. My love for vintage
holiday came from growing up with parents who were each artists and
collectors of antiques. I started making Halloween and Christmas decorations
for family members. I found myself using my degree in Physical Anthropology
as I worked, because having studied human facial structures helps Santa's
faces take form. My previous career as a retail Market Representative
helps me understand the development and retail side of the business,
and what is required to go to market. I'm proud to have combined each
of these elements into a creative career!
Dolls Magazine featured some of my One of a Kind
Santa figures in their Holiday 2005 Issue. Each Santa begins with a
hand sculpted face. Both new and vintage materials are used to achieve
the desired look. Custom Santas can be made with unique themes, varied
skin tones, and customized clothing. When complete, each piece is hand
finished, signed, numbered, and dated. More time goes into each piece,
but the effort insures that each will have a unique personality. Examples
can now be found at Etsy.com
Inquiries for licensing
or custom Santas are welcome,
please contact us for more information.