Welcome to the first feature of my Meet the Artisan series. This post is the beginning of a weekly artisan appreciation initiative that I've been dreaming of for almost a year. Being a creative myself, I know the time and care that is poured into a creative business. It is this behind-the-scenes effort that allows us to create the unique, exquisitely-designed handmade treasures you love, so join me. Together we will meet the lovely makers behind the best local handmade brands across the U.S. Our first stop is MARYLAND; meet Ashley Fowler, the creative mind behind Birdcage Creations. (Update: Name change to The Rustic Wren)
Ashley is a true Marylander, born and raised in beautiful Southern Maryland; she is a nature lover, home décor enthusiast, music fanatic and art zealot!
Birdcage Creations features unique, hand-painted, rustic-elegant signs. Each piece is handmade from reclaimed wood gathered from Ashley's family's farm, and each treasure is sanded and stained for a smooth finish. Quotes and special memories in crisp white lettering adorn the surface. Custom designs are her specialty!
Over the past few months I've grown to know Ashley through our shared creative communities: Etsy and Rising Tide Society. In addition to being talented, she is supportive and inspiring. It should therefore be no surprise that she was one of the first creatives I approached to launch my Meet the Artisan series.
Q&A WITH ASHLEY
What's your favorite part of your creative process?
My absolutely favorite part of the creative process is that THERE ARE NO LIMITS, and that your ideas are your very own! It also helps when you put your heart and soul into your creation and receive positive feedback - that's always a major boost!
What's the best advice you've gotten along your creative journey?
It's important to remember not to compare your work with others. Everyone's [creation is] going to be different and unique in its own way, and that's why it is essential to embrace your own personal creative process.
What's your Favorite book or author?
What are you most thankful for this holiday season?
I am most thankful for the support of my family and my boyfriend, Michael. Michael is the man in the workshop, and is also so loving and makes everyday fun. My family has been my backbone since the very beginning. Without them, I would be completely lost and I wouldn't be where I am today.
STOP BY & SAY HI TO ASHLEY
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