1920 Shoppe

1. How did you get started in your particular craft medium(s)?

Taking on some small DIY projects for my daughter Harlo, who was almost 2 at the time was my inspiration for starting my business.

From there things easily fell into place and 1920 Shoppe became a full time career. Being a graphic designer and growing up in Eastern Oregon with access to endless barn wood allowed me the necessary tools to easily venture down this exciting path.

2. Where do you draw influence from?

Influences are all around, from Disney movies, Shakespeare, children's books and just some all-time favorite quotes. I am simply in love with color. My father has been a collector of antiques and classic cars all my life. I have gained through him a love for such antiques and anything old and rustic.

3. What is the difference between PSM and other markets?

PSM makes it possible for many talented artists to continue doing what they love. It's amazing to watch artists gather each weekend to share their beautiful handcrafted items with thousands of visitors. PSM vendors become not only neighbors with one another but create what feels like their own little family.

4. How would you describe the difference between "arts" and "crafts"?

Art is a form of expression which moves people on an emotional level. A talent which comes natural to some. Craft can be acquired through experience and can be duplicated resulting in a tangible product. My work I would classify as art. Each piece is created using no two similar pieces of hand cut wood. From there the pieces are sanded, stained, painted and distressed resulting in original heartwarming signs and paintings. 

5. What’s your favorite thing in the world right now?

Life's adventures.

6. How long have you sold your wares at PSM? What encouraged you to apply/ keeps you vending with us now?

I have been at PSM for about 3 year. I knew when I started 1920, PSM is where I wanted to personally sell along with craft fairs and local stores. I have always attended the market as a shopper, and was excited to showcase my art there. The most rewarding feeling is reaching people on an emotional level through something I have personally created by hand .

Frankie Welk

To learn more visit: www.etsy.com/shop/1920Shoppe