Artist Interviews

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.

Recent Posts

February 24

Lori Mitchell - Over two decades and still so creative!

We are featuring Lori Mitchell, a wonderful American folk artist who designs figures and ornaments for every holiday.

We really wanted to catch up with Lori Mitchell. It's hard to believe we met her so long ago and have carried her creative designs in our store over 2 decades. Lori is so generous to let us into her world and get a look into her studio and the creative process!

October 24

Let's Meet An Extraordinary Artist: Debbee Thibault!

Get to know Debbee Thibault, a fabulous folk artist from California whose paper mache figures are world renowned!

We first met Debbee Thibault over 25 years ago at one of the preeminent folk art events in Southern California, and what a fateful meeting it was. Debbee Thibault's first Santa was made in 1985.

August 07

The Long and Winding Road of Christopher James' Life

It's always fascinating to listen to someone's personal story, or in Christopher's case his life history! All the parts of Christopher James' life add up to a very interesting, creative and intricate story that at times is hard to believe, but the enthusiasm with which he tells it is infectious and put you on the edge of your seat. Get drawn in by the wonderful, inspiring tale that is Christopher James!

July 29


Dee Harvey is back and better than ever!

Dee Harvey's passion for handmade goods is expressed in her line of personally crafted designs, which have been reproduced in perfect detail by vendors like Bethany Lowe and currently ESC and Company. As an avid collector, she finds inspiration from vintage treasures. As an artist, she works to pass on the tradition and to capture the imagination of the past!

June 14

It's Crystal Clear we love Vintage by Crystal!

We are featuring Vintage by Crystal, a wonderful line of figures and ornaments handmade in America.

We are thrilled to be carrying the American made Vintage by Crystal line at Traditions. These embellished spun cotton creations will be the collectibles of the future!

July 19

Interview with Folk Artist Johanna Parker

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!

February 25

How Lori Mitchell makes those fun figures we all like to collect!

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!