We love getting to know the artists whose creations we sell at Traditions. This is not just a business for us, we like establishing relationships with the people behind the art. We think it makes us a better retailer, because we just aren't selling products. We can honestly talk about the artists with intelligence and knowledge of the person, because we take the time to get to know them. When we first started in business it was so fun to have holiday collectible fairs in our back parking lot, where lots of artists would come from all over the country to participate, meet their collectors and sell their originals. We also hosted lots of signing events where artists met with their collectors and signed the figures they bought. It was a very special time and a lot of fun for all of us. One of the fun parts of collecting is they way people savor the joy and memory of when they purchased the pieces they display in their homes at the holidays. At the events, collectors would all gather around and share stories about a piece they had 'found', the hunt was part of the fun. The internet has changed a lot of that, collectors have an easier time of finding things online. So, we hope these blog posts, where you will get to know the artists who inspire you to collect their creations, will give you a greater affinity for and love of the art of making folk art.
Her Creative Process and What Inspires Her!
Johanna Parker creates some of our most popular items, but ever wonder how she started? Over the years we've come to know Johanna well, so we thought we could dive a little deeper to discover her creative process and what inspires her. From her television production past to her current business ventures, discover how Johanna Parker bravely followed her dreams to become one of our most favorite artists... and friends!
Ever wonder how Lori MItchell creates her famous holiday figures?
Lori Mitchell is a classic American folk artist that has been creating figures for every holiday for over 20 years. Inspired by nursery rhyme illustrations, children's fairy tales and nostalgia, it is Lori's intent to bring her collectors back to the magic of childhood! She designs small tabletop figures for every holiday, each one with a whimsy and smile that add to your holiday vignettes. Take a look at her creative process!