That's the word I want to focus on for this first 100 Moons Creative Team blog post.
In fact, that's the word that brought me & Sara Vukson of 100 Proof Press together.
Let me tell you what I mean...
It was about 8 years ago, after I'd bought RubberMoon from the original owner. I was in the midst of trying to make it my own, and part of that was getting a Creative Team going.
Little did I know that around this same time, Sara Vukson had just bought 100 Proof Press from its original owner, and she was also getting her team going.
I received a call from her one day -- I can't remember the exact details of that call, but the reason for the call was to find out if she could ask if I minded if one of the designers on my team coul be on her design team as well. She explained that she didn't want to step on my toes by asking her before talking to me, since she knew she had already agreed to be on RubberMoon's team.
I remember I said something like, "Of course not! I love collaboration!"
We stayed in touch after that call, and Sara and her family even came to visit RubberMoon headquarters soon after. I love being friends with another woman who owns a rubber stamp company (it's not like there are many of us out there!) and I'm still so delighted to call Sara a friend and colleague.
So here we are, 8 years later. Collaborating once again!
Isn't it amazing when women get together and share ideas, help one other, lift each other up? There's nothing better. Well, actually, when you add stamps, art, paint, and creativity into the mix, it does get even better.
I know I speak for all of us here at RubberMoon, ArtFoamies, and for Sara at 100 Proof Press when I say that you are going to love what we have in store. We have found some truly incredible artists and makers to showcase our stamps and supplies, and if you follow along for the ride, you are guaranteed to get inspired.
Thank you ALL for being here.
Love and Moonbeams,
Emilie Murphy is a French scientist living in Maryland. She has always been passionate about making all kinds of different things since her childhood. She loves anything handmade, which seems to always spark her curiosity and enthusiasm to experiment with new techniques.Her favorite things to make are art books/journals; where she can play with stamps, stencils, inks, paints, mix papers, and fabrics.Making art became vital for her well-being and provides an escape from her daily life and routine. She is over the moon to be a part of the 100 Moons Creative Team.
Sarah Matthews is a MA Art & the Book graduate from the Corcoran College of Arts and Design at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Matthews also received an MBA with a Marketing Concentration in 2005 and a BS in Sociology in 2000 from Bowie State University in Bowie, MD. Mrs. Matthews’ work has been exhibited in the US and is a part of the permanent collections of Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, George Washington University’s Gelman Library, University of Puget Sound, and Samford University. Mrs. Matthews is a full-time artist and currently teaches bookbinding and printmaking at Frederick Book Arts Center & Pyramid Atlantic Art Center.
Laura Dame is a mixed media artist based in Austin, TX. She loves to play around and experiment in her art journals, and also enjoys dabbling in abstract and floral artworks. Her favorite thing about art is that it can be whatever you want it to be - there are no rules. Laura is married to a wonderful husband, who is the person who nudged her down her artistic path (although he probably didn't realize how much money she would spend on art supplies!).
She is also the mother to two boys, and a full-time Sonographer.
Nancy Sheads is a paper crafter, blogger, Copic instructor, and the artist behind Rowhouse Greetings. She lives in a 19th century rowhouse built before the invention of closets with her husband and three cats. Although a crafter since the age of five when her grandmother taught her to crochet, Nancy never really considered herself as an artist, until a few years ago when she was introduced to Copic markers and realized that she had finally found her medium. She now teaches Copic coloring classes with a twist, incorporating stencils, background stamps, gel mediums, ink blending, and other media into her projects.
Heron is a Malaysian based self-taught photographer, content creator majoring in journal, scrap-booking and food blogger. An International ambassador to few fountain pen brand who loves history and vintage. He is a friendly and funny individual with degree majoring in Finance and Banking who currently work with Malaysian software company. Enjoy traveling and a cafe racer motorcycle enthusiast.
Hi I’m Hazel, I’m 11 years old. I’m super excited to be part of the 100 Moons Creative Team
because I love stamping and making art. I’ve been helping out my mom in her stamp shop since
I was 2 and I have learned to really love stamping. I’m excited to learn new ways to work with stamps.
Jenn White has been blooming as an artist for a little over 5 decades in the Missouri heartland.
Creative play and experimentation with all types of art & art supplies has filled nearly every day of Jenn's life.Collecting & using rubber stamps as an art form has been a fascinating passion of hers since early childhood. She is constantly discovering & experimenting with every possible way rubber stamps can be used on a variety of substrates & various art mediums.
It is her heart felt wish to teach & inspire others to experience the versatility & therapeutic joys of creative play with rubber stamps. She believes rubber stamps are the best art supply tools because their impressions can be used over & over infinitely in endless ways.
Elitia Hart is a South African born metal crafter now living in Calgary, Canada.
Having worked with and explored a variety of artistic materials and techniques she found her true of expression when introduced to metal sheet embossing in 1998. For the past 20 years she has enjoyed sharing her knowledge and technique teaching introductory and advanced metal art classes at her home studio, in retail stores, and for retreat groups in Canada, US, Mexico, and France. Her philosophy on metal art mark making is that “more is more and less is a bore” and “if it makes a mark, it is a tool”.
Robin Engard Seiz is a self-taught mixed media artist who has always loved paper --- the feel of the texture,the variety of colors and patterns, even the smell of old paper takes her to places from the past.She loves all the possibilities mixed media can create through paints, inks, stamps, collage, and on and on. She is drawn to the messiness and imperfection and can be found in her studio at any time of the day or night. Robin prefers to work in quiet, letting her muse guide her. She creates to share. Robin believes that art can create community and connection to make a
better world. In addition to famous artists from the past, like Frida, she is really most inspired
by today’s artists who are continually exploring new ways to bring their passions, abilities, and
spirt to their work and to a wider audience.
Sandee Setliff- Creative Coordinator is a self taught artist from North Carolina. Sandee loves to use stamps and stencils in her illustrative art journals as well as in her sculptural art. She is an avid follower of all things moon related and is inspired by nature. Sandeesartfulwordsnc
We are so excited to share with you the amazing team of makers who,
for the next 6 months will create art and a variety of creative projects
using stamps from our companies: We will begin posting projects weekly here
and on our various social media, beginning July 6th!