Meet the Vendor: Fernworks
Who are you and what do you do?
Hello, my name is Faryn Davis. I create tiny paintings and jewelry which combine hand painted scenes and found ephemera like real grass, eggs, bones, moss, feathers, and twigs into layers of polished resin. Each piece is painted with toothpicks and tiny brushes, embedded in multiple layers of resin, then cut and polished into delicate, dreamlike 3-D landscapes populated by birds, bears, foxes and other woodland creatures. I believe this will be my 11th year at UCU!
What was your first memory of making something?
In 1st grade, I used to collect these small white rocks from our driveway. I would sit at the kitchen table and paint little faces or designs on them, then take them to class in a paper bag and sell them for 5¢ each. I loved it and I’d actually come home with a few nickels. It was my first crafty biz in a way!
What is your favorite new product for 2015?
I’m really enjoying playing around with some new jewelry colors, imagery, and shapes. I’ve also been working on some little “light-up” paintings. I hope to bring a few to UCU!
How far will you be traveling to come to UCU?
I’m traveling all the way from Asheville, NC!
What do you love most about craft show vending?
I love being part of such a creative, quirky, and professional group of artists/crafters and I love the opportunity to travel all over the country. I have special feelings for the Seattle crafty community though! I used to live here and this is where I first got my start and inspiration as an artist years ago. Coming to UCU each year is like coming home. I love seeing so many friends and familiar faces. When someone comes to my booth wearing one of my necklaces that they bought over 10 years ago and they’re psyched to add to their collection year after year, I get almost weepy. So much support here for artists!
Is this a full-time business for you?
What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
I think people love that they’re buying something completely hand painted/handmade. No two Fernworks pieces are identical so I think customers appreciate owning a little piece of wearable, original art.
And check out the Urban Craft Uprising Instagram for a chance to win a Fernworks necklace!