Meet the creative sisters behind the amazing Artful Things & The Papered Orb, Paula Hein and Diane Martin, from Mason, Michigan. Artful Things & The Papered Orb is a collaboration between two sisters that create re-purposed and whimsical art. What started with scraps of handmade papers, a box of shatterproof ornaments, and a few supportive retailers back in the 90's has evolved into a decorative art adventure joining these two sisters. Together, Paula and Diane use re-purposed greeting cards, gift tags, ribbons, trims, and papers to create one-of-a-kind ornaments, canvases and more!
What inspired you to start creating your art work and how did you turn it into a business?
A box of colorful paper scraps and some ornaments started it all! We didn't want to waste the paper, so we started applying the scraps to the ornaments. They were very basic, but with the help of many retailers and many trips back to the drawing board over the years, we created better products. It's been many hours and lots of hard work!How long have you been creating your art work?
Over 15 years!
What makes your artwork unique or distinctive?
No one else will take the time and effort to perfect our techniques and finished products. They can try, but it has taken us many years to do it.
Do you have any notable awards or accomplishments?
We celebrate our own accomplishments in design and new product development at the end of every year. We so enjoy our devoted clients and creating new relationships with our products.What do you love most about the creative process?
Trial and error, big ideas and the refusal to give up on an idea push you! The customer is the ultimate end game. We have had products we thought would sell beautifully, and it totally flopped. Conversely, we can't keep up with the production of other items. You can't figure it out - just go with it!
What do you love least about the business side of creating and selling art?
Paula - Cooking and eating! =)
Diane - Spending time with my 22-year-old son; he's a lot of fun!
Any other trivia you would like to share?
In Diane's "spare time," she sells real estate in Northville, Plymouth, Canton and the surrounding areas. Paula quit her day job and is care-giver to their parents - a hard but very rewarding experience!Why did you choose to partner with Yellow Door to sell your art work?
We were so impressed with the layout, the variety and the quality of artists under one roof. So much shopping goodness for the customer and a feeling of success for the artist. The very friendly and helpful staff complete the experience!
You can find all kinds of Paula and Diane's beautifully decorated ornaments (orbs), canvases and more at Yellow Door and online. Stay tuned for more interesting info about these two sisters all week!
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