Meet Our Vendor: Sparrow and Sundry
We love Sparrow and Sundry and all her sweet creations. She’s always working on something new and everything is so cute! They make for some really sweet gifts for those that are on your good list 🙂
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Jen. I’m the owner, designer and maker at Sparrow and Sundry. I am Pacific NW Native, raising two more Pacific NW natives… I quit corporate a few years ago to work and parent from home, and while I love every single minute of this adventure, there is no line drawn between being mama and working artist. This is harder than the working-from-home utopia I had fantasized about! Now I fantasize about a good, solid door that locks going into the entrance of my studio…
What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
I’m trying to bring automaton movement to the shadowboxes, which may or may not include gearing and/or music boxes. It looked so easy. It’s not…
What is your favorite new product for 2017?
This year I introduced tiny diorama scenes in bell glass. It’s an interesting difference from the shadowboxes, because I have to create a scene from all sides, not just the front.
What do you love most about craft show vending?
My work process is pretty solitary, so I crave being around other creative minds… I’ve gleaned some of my best ideas talking to my artistic neighbors at shows. I make a good booth friend: I’ll share my space if you need more room… I’ll watch your booth for you if you need to grab food or run to the bathroom… If the stars align, I may even remember your name at the next show!
How did you get started in your business?
I come from a creative Scandinavian family (Norwegian and Finnish) and studied graphic design in college, but found myself working in Emergency Medical Services for a decade plus. Golden handcuffs, etc etc. I worked my way to Director of Communications at Lifeflight Network, and was laid off when the company moved their Communications Center to Boise ID. It was the window of opportunity I needed to be creative.
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
The Baltic Birch Diorama Ring sets. I just designed 3 new scenes. I love painting the little tiny details.
Be sure you are following us on Instagram for your chance to win your very OWN Diorama Ring Set. Winner will be able to pick out their own design at Sparrow and Sundry’s booth! Good LUCK!