What inspires you? ART: With my art I am really inspired by what is happening around me. My sewn cityscape pieces started in grad school when I was broke and decided I could use some of the materials I had on hand to convey a story. I was selling a line of cotton bags at the time and decided to use discarded scraps in my paintings, the scraps transformed into the construction of the ever-changing Vancouver horizon line. At the heart of these pieces, it is the materials that I am working with that inspire a painting. I love telling a story through texture and I love it when people want to touch my paintings…although it stings when a piece comes back from a show with finger prints on it!!
Equally I love to paint my flower series, since they give me a “creative break” and a time to recharge my creative energy!
These are inspired usually by form and flow. When I am painting for myself or for a client I really strive to give the flowers a life, I really love to find my pieces through the negative space that the flowers create and I’m excited to work on some ideas that I wasn’t able to get to last year.
JEWELRY: My girly-girl line of pretty little charm pieces are simply created and inspired by my customers and friends and keep “gift giving” in mind. I really like to provide my customers with an affordable line of jewelry that is easy to give and receive! I tend to concentrate on trend and everyday wear for this line, keeping things simple and pretty!!Last year I added my rocker-line of jewelry because I felt I was missing something from my own wardrobe (I love music and concerts and needed something that was a bit more edgy to wear with my wardrobe). The mixed metal jewelry can go from day to night and are amazing layering pieces! I’m obsessed with easy-to-wear statement pieces and I know I have obtained this when I wear a piece out and get a compliment right away…then I know I have to include it into my line-up! This year I am adding custom Bridal jewelry into my line because I love taking special requests and creating something special…which I realized after many years of working with clients on custom paintings! I love a happy customer!
When and why did you start Sarah Mulder Jewerly & Art? I have been "making" since I was a child, my grandma would babysit me after preschool and roll a massive piece of paper across her table...she said that I was so easy to take care of- put a pencil in my hand and I would spent hours drawing. I started making assemblage jewelry and beading when I was a teenager and since then have self-taught myself everything I know!I began showing paintings in 2002 when I was still in Collage, and since then I have been putting my work up anywhere I can! I love showing my work locally and being accessible to my clients, it’s so nice to build relationships with people. My Jewelry line was officially created with a name and a brand in the Fall of 2011, but I have been selling my goods at craft fairs since 1999!! WOW, I can hardly believe that!! Prior to this I was working in an Elementary School as a Community School Programmer (which I loved!) and for a long time I was able to juggle the art/jewelry and full-time work. After 5 years of being very sleep deprived and getting a gentle nudge from my boyfriend I took the plunge into going for it full-time. I have no regrets except that I miss all the kids I got to see everyday! Website | Etsy | Facebook (Jewelry) | Facebook (Art) | Pinterest | Twitter
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