December 4, 2018

Featured Maker: April with the Sassy Trashionista

We love her bohemian style and her story. Everything happens for a reason, read on to find out how one loss led to success and creativity for April.

I've been making jewelry on and off as a hobby for over 10 years. However, 5 years ago the company I worked for went out of business, and I made the decision to turn my part time hobby in to a full time business.

I've been making things my entire life, whether it was clothing for my dolls or a make-do Barbie Mansion. I attribute my creativity to my grandmother, who helped raise me. She grew up very poor in Appalachia and was very ingenious when it came to making things. She is the one who taught me how to sew, and how to fix, reuse or repurpose what you already have. She taught me to see possibilities in everyday things.

Losing my job was a blessing in gave me the push that I needed to try. To be honest, if I hadn't lost my job, The Sassy Trashionista as a business wouldn't exist.

I am entirely self taught {thank you, YouTube tutorials!!} and so have struggled with technique at times. Some of the first stampings I did were absolutely horrendous!! I still have one with my business name on it, framed and on my workspace. It reminds me of how far I have come in the last 5 years. And while I wouldn't say I've "mastered" the craft, becoming proficient has absolutely given me the confidence to explore other mediums and techniques.

I would like to continue to learn other techniques and incorporate them in to my jewelry designs. One of these days I will finally learn to solder, lol! Additionally, I would like to expand my creative offerings to refashioned clothing and home decor.

Anything with words...words are so powerful and have the ability to heal and bring compassion and understanding to those who are open to the message. One of my favorite things to do while I am working a show is to watch people's expressions while they are taking the time to read my pieces. I can glean a bit of insight in to their lives by watching their faces. Stamping has been very healing and cathartic for me. Although a lot of what I stamp is meaningful to me and my own personal journey, there is a connectedness that is shared through the interpretation of the message. In other words, it's universal. Even though our journeys may differ, we can still relate to the emotion of it all.

I think what I love the most about metal stamping is the ability to create pieces that touch people, through inspiration or a giggle...however I do enjoy the collage aspect you can attain through the use of different metal design stamps.

Firstly, as someone who does the vast majority of stamping on upcycled materials such as vintage and antique silver plated spoons {which are quite hard}, the entire Beaducation line is absolutely fantastic. They make great impressions and have clean, crisp lines. Design wise though, I tend to lean towards a more bohemian, nature inspired look. The lotus stamp, boho arrow and hip feather are some of my favorite individual designs, as well as the new echinacea stamp. And all of the border stamps are fabulous!

We thank April for sharing her inspiring story with us and hope that you will consider The Sassy Trashionista next time you need a gift or a little something special for yourself.

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