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sarahthehout: creative endeavors

Rikki Teeters

Sarah DeAngulo Hout is an artist in Columbus, Ohio. She creates illustrations, art and large scale murals through her small business "sarahthehout: creative endeavors". We interviewed Sarah to learn more about her background and her craft. Meet sarahthehout: creative endeavors at our Summer Maker Mart on June 3, 2018! 

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Tell us about your local business.

I am Sarah DeAngulo Hout and my freelance biz is “sarahthehout: creative endeavors.” My main gig is mural painting and random commission work, but sometimes I create smaller works so that I can indulge in an artist market here and there. I also have a side hustle I started a year ago called BrightEyes Prints & Fundraising. I grew up in the village of West Milton, Ohio, but I have called Columbus, Ohio home now for about 14 years. My overall mission is to create artwork that bears divine weight – images that move the heart, but engage the mind as well.

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What drew you to your craft?

Creating has always been natural and exhilarating for me. However, if it weren’t for my high school art teacher, Mrs. Tryon, I don’t think I would have ever decided to focus on art as my career. She encouraged me to pursue a degree at the Columbus College of Art & Design… And giving in to her loving prod was honestly one of the best decisions of my life. While at CCAD, I chose to make Illustration my focus – I loved the diversity of each assignment, and that is why I love what I do now. Though I rarely create classically termed “illustration” work these days, each job is totally different than the last… Each gig has unique challenges and subject matter, and I find that fantastically fulfilling.

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What is your favorite thing you have ever made?

Oh man, that’s a tough one! I pour my heart into every mural and work of art that I create, and even though there are pieces that I created 10 years ago that I desperately want to alter because I’ve grown leaps and bounds since then, I still have such a deep affection for those older works. Each painting is one of my children, haha… They’re all my favorites. ;)

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

If you asked me when I was 9, I would have said a “teacher.” But that’s because I didn’t know I could actually be an artist! In my small town, the only artists I knew growing up were the lady who did rad outdoor senior photos and the crazy guy who created giraffe sculptures with a chainsaw out of wood. I never knew I that being an artist was actually a career option!

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What is your creative process?

Since I create a lot of custom commission work, I often go to the space where the piece is going to be viewed. Then I ask about the overall vision of the client (if any) and feel it out. I ask myself questions like, “What colors will accent the work’s future home and make it sing? What ideas can I communicate visually that bridge the gap between the artwork and the space?) I marinate in all of the elements, and I do my best to not rush the inspiration process. I try to push past my initial ideas, because you never know what juicy ones are laying a little deeper, waiting to be unearthed.

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What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

Take more risks. Don’t be afraid to look like a fool. Get to know the artists who are shaking up the city, and put yourself in positions where you can chat with the affluent business owners and make more connections. Stop worrying about how you’re going to pay the bills, and just keep moving forward. Don’t let a seeming lack of resources make you stagnant – they will come as long as you put one foot in front of the other.

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Why is it important to support local artists & makers?

Why wouldn’t you?! Why buy commercial when you have the option to buy local? Invest in your community. Artist and makers are front line pioneers who work hard to create unique, personal works, pushing the envelope and saying no to fear. They’re the right kind of risk takers and they represent the character of the community.

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What advice do you have for other people who want to start their own businesses?

Just go for it. Don’t despise small beginnings, and just start taking those baby steps. Stop making excuses and waiting for the right moment. Doors of opportunity don’t usually open unless you’re moving forward.

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What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?

Surprises are one of my ultimate love languages, and I’m constantly amazed & surprised at how beautiful our state is! I love that we have so many different types of landscapes… from wide open fields that roll for miles, to gorgeous wooded trails, lazy lakes and sprawling northern coast lines… what’s not to love!?

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Too Legit to Quilt

Rikki Teeters

Too Legit To Quilt is one of the coolest local makers in Ohio. Owner, Dre, creates quilted goods by hand. She has a very unique style that stands out in a crowd. We have been following this amazing artist on Instagram for a while and we were excited to have the opportunity to interview her. Meet Too Legit to Quilt at our Summer Maker Mart on June 3, 2018!

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Tell us about your local business.

My business is called Too Legit to Quilt, a name that a friend came up with 6 years ago when I was still exclusively quilting! I live in Columbus, OH and have been here a little over two years. I always knew that I wanted to be an artist, but was encouraged to choose something more financially fruitful, so I decided to study Fashion Design. I went to the Savannah College of Art and Design, and halfway through school, I realized that I hated Fashion Design, but I developed a total obsession for beautiful textiles. Having grown up in Appalachia, my grandmothers and their mothers quilted and I absolutely loved their quilts, so once I found a love for textiles, it seemed natural that I would start quilting.

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My quilts evolved into layered, appliquéd wall hangings, which evolved into patches! My mission is to use textiles to express myself artistically, but to also to create intentionally. I use mostly repurposed materials in my work. There is a great deal of waste produced in the fashion industry, and fast fashion and constantly changing trends create a desire to always want to buy the next thing, to always have NEW, and to toss out the old. 80% of those clothes that people toss out end up in a landfill…only 20% are reused or recycled. And with billions of people on the planet, just imagine how detrimental this can be to our environment. So I continue to use repurposed textiles, to do my small part and to spread knowledge about waste.

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What drew you to your craft?

I was drawn to textiles in college. They are so lovely, soft, comforting, diverse, and play an important role in our lives! Quilting is a familial craft, so joining my love of textiles and quilting just made sense for me. And I knew that I wanted to express myself even further with textiles, and I always loved collage, so the appliquéd wall hangings became a marriage of my favored artistic techniques.

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What is your favorite thing you have ever made?

I love *almost* everything l make (trial and error means some things are no good) and I'm always trying to outdo myself so I can't pick a favorite. However, there are things that I have made that were turning points or lightbulb moments for me, and those are really notable. One example is when I first started to make wall hangings, and I made what ended up being a skeleton torso. It felt like it created itself. My original plan was to just make a small anatomical heart, but from there I kept adding more and more elements. It was the first time I had quieted my mind and allowed a piece to organically evolve until it was completed.

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was in first grade, I entered a self portrait into an art contest and won. From then on I knew I wanted to be an artist.

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What is your creative process?

I usually create based on issues I’m dealing with (and others are dealing with), or a stage I’m at in my life, or things I want to work on within myself. I use a lot of symbols; usually symbols of power or wisdom that I feel would benefit me in my efforts to better myself, and a lot of times they resonate with other people, too. Once I’m ready to make something I always sketch it out, then choose fabrics, and just let loose! I have a good amount of fabric stored up, and am always looking for more interesting textiles, while remaining mindful not to hoard. I try to live somewhat minimally, but it’s a lot harder with art supplies. It’s better for my creative process to have things on hand when I’m in a good work flow. But it’s all about balance (like most things)!

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What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

It’s hard to say what advice I would give myself. Experiences are such a critical part of our individual journeys. I wouldn’t be in the place I am, or know the things I do if I hadn’t learned the lessons along the way. Advice is great, but if you’re not in the right mindspace or open to receiving it, its empty…it won’t resonate with you! I’ve gotten so much advice (mostly unsolicited), that I NOW see was really great advice, but at the time I wasn’t where I needed to be to receive it. But maybe THAT’S what I would tell myself.

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Why is it important to support local artists & makers?

For an artist, the bottom line isn’t moneymaking or greed. It’s the love of carefully and intentionally creating something that is an expression of self, and the connection and exchange of energy when it resonates with someone else. Supporting a creator whose work resonates with you is a really special way to connect! It’s also sort of a vote with your dollar. When you keep your support within your community, you’re strengthening it! Think global, act local, ya know?

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Why do you love doing what you do?

I love doing what I do because it’s such an integral part of me. It is what I was born to do.

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What advice do you have for other people who want to start their own businesses?

I don’t always consider what I do a business, I think of myself more as a working artist. I don’t know if I would even qualify to hand out business advice! But for me, what has been effective is working very hard and being patient. I put a lot of time into what I do, take responsibility for and learn from my mistakes, remain true to what resonates with me (despite what may “sell well”), and never give up if I hit road blocks.

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What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?

My favorite thing about exploring Ohio is how much is always surprises me. It’s easy to give in to believing stereotypes about a place, or making assumptions, and it’s a powerful lesson to learn not to do that! Ohio is beautiful….there are so many places to love, magical unexpected corners, and people who love it and want to make their home the special place it is!

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Jennifer L Worden Arts

Rikki Teeters

Jennifer L Worden creates art from recycled glass in Akron, Ohio. We love the way she creates beautiful pieces from what others might waste. We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer L Worden Arts as a vendor for our 2017 Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart on December 3rd!

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Tell us about your local business.

My business is Jennifer L Worden Arts of Akron, OH. I use post-consumer glassware in the creation of my art. Conferring a new, unexpected life to bottles, jars, windows and discarded dishware is the inspiration that makes this work possible. I melt, fuse and reshape glass, and employ other upcycled materials wherever possible, to create utterly unique pieces designed to please the eye, engage the mind and encourage a sustainable perspective.

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What drew you to your craft?

I've been drawn to the different colors and shine of glass since my late teens. I started by making stained glass mosaics and turned to torch work and kiln firing when I wanted to create dimensional shapes out of the glass. I began by using commercial glass but felt I couldn't take creative risks due to its expense. When I discovered that I could use discarded glass to create beautiful pieces I found my niche.

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What is your favorite thing you have ever made?

It would have to be the first piece I had in a gallery show. The sculpture was abstract but inspired by staghorn fern. Seeing the piece hanging on the gallery wall gave me the confidence to realize that I was on the right path and to continue to explore my art.

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was very young I wanted to be a florist when I grew up.

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What is your creative process?

For the most part, I don't sit down and decide I need to come up with a new design. I'm inspired by moss, ferns, fungus, and other botanicals and ideas will come to me while studying them. I strive to put a whimsical twist on their shapes and structures. Not all of my ideas translate to the glass but I enjoy the process of experimentation. Sometimes I love a piece from the moment it comes out of the kiln while others I have to live with for awhile and usually end up making a few tweaks to before I consider it a success.

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What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

Trust your gut, ignore that little voice of self-doubt, don't be afraid to ask for help or advice, and realize that you will have failures just make sure you learn from them.

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Why is it important to support local artists & makers?

When you purchase something from a local artist or maker you are helping that person support themselves or their family while they pursue their dream.

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Why do you love doing what you do?

I am driven to create and am truly grateful that this is my job. The flexibility to be able to work more on creative days and less on days when I'm just not feeling it is wonderful. I usually work every day, but wouldn't dream of trading it for a 9-5 day job.

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What advice do you have for other women who want to start their own businesses?

For me, it has been very important to become friends with other women who are business owners and creatives. Being able to talk to someone who has had been in your shoes in invaluable. I think it takes a community to make your business a success. Many opportunities come about by word of mouth so it is indispensable to have a good group of business people/creatives/makers around you.

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What is your favorite thing about Exploring Ohio?

Ohio is truly great. Whether you want to spend some time in nature, enjoy arts, music, theater, dance or sports there are many options throughout the state. The favorite activity of my family has been trail hikes and visiting some of the cool caves and caverns we have in Ohio.

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Meet Jennifer L Worden Arts at our Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart!

ELLEBRUX

Rikki Teeters

Ellebrux is one of our favorite Ohio artists! This talented lady makes beautiful art & jewelry in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition to a Behind The Scenes Look at Ellebrux's Cincinnati studio, we also interviewed owner, Laura, about her journey, her craft, and her unique modern art. 

Tell us about Ellebrux.

I am Laura Brooks and I am the creative energy behind Ellebrux. Ellebrux is a handmade business created with a love for color, surface, and craftsmanship. I work out of my home studio in Northside, Cincinnati making embroidered paintings and hand-painted wood jewelry that I sell online, in local gift shops, and at weekend markets.

What drew you to your career path?

I have always dreamed of making beautiful things for a living. As kid my parents always took me to all kinds of outdoor markets and I always admired the independence of the people selling their art and goods. When I decided to stop working for big business and make a career out of my painting I knew that I wanted to get into the sun and sell goods at markets and fleas.

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Where did your business name come from?

Ellebrux, is a phonetic spelling of L. Brooks, my first initial and last name. My nickname in college was “L. Brooks” or as one friend alternatively spelled it “Ellebrux”.  When I first got Instagram I used “Ellebrux” as my handle and quickly began selling paintings and building relationships with other creatives. When I decided to become a real business I toyed with the idea of changing my name to something less abstract, but in the end I’m glad I kept it! It feels very much a part of me and I am happy that I’ve had it since day one.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be an artist. What that looked like changed over the years but I always knew I wanted to make things.

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What is your process from concept to creation?

I work in a way where something is always being painted while another is drying, and I always try to do all the things I hate (like sanding canvas, the worst) on a separate day where I can just listen to a podcast and blast through it. This way when I get into my studio it’s just smooth sailing mixing colors and going from one thing to the next in a nice workflow. I rarely sketch these days; I usually just browse through my paints and have fun with it. If a certain color palette sells like crazy I’ll keep working with it, and if there is something I loved that didn’t sell well I’ll sell the last ones and never make them again. There are many aspects to owning a business that are stressful so I like to keep my process happy and light, and I feel like that energy is reflected in my work.

What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

Ten years ago I was about to start college with the goal of becoming an artist. I wish I could have told myself I already was one! That would have taken away a lot of the pressure I put on myself over the years.

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 What has been your favorite thing about the Ellebrux journey so far?

I love it when I have people come up to me at shows and tell me that they have something I made that they love. Whether it’s a necklace that they get compliments on, a painting hung in a special place, or a gift they gave that was really appreciated. It makes me feel like I’m on the right path, and my business is healthy, and all my hard work is worth it.

What has been the biggest reward of starting your own business?

I love working from home and setting my own hours. I can lean into the ebbs and flows of my creativity rather than trying to schedule huge amounts of creative work after coming home from another job. For me it has been a much happier and more productive way to live and create.

What advice do you have for other women who want to start their own businesses?

As I have been growing my business in the last few years there have been so many resources that have helped me feel prepared for all of the chaos of starting a business. I would encourage women to insert themselves into spaces that will give them every advantage to meet people and learn from more experienced business owners. In the past year I took Co-Starters through Artworks and attended Midwest Craft Con, both of which were really fun and inspiring.

What is your favorite thing about Exploring Ohio?

I love finding new colors, textures and wild places throughout Ohio. There are so many beautiful trails and small towns to explore and appreciate. My mountain paintings actually came out of an appreciation of Appalachian culture during my time exploring the communities beyond Ohio University. When I find myself in a new city the energy and architecture is equally inspiring in my work. There is so much to enjoy here!