Meet Joy Sparks of Allendale, MI. Joy is the talented artist behind Joy Sparks Designs, recycled antique typewriter keys turned to wearable pieces of art. Joy is a teacher by trade but enjoys making things using her creative gifts as well. She specializes in recycling antique typewriters by making them into one of a kind pieces of jewelry and gifts. What inspired you to start creating your artwork & how did you turn it into a business?
My friends saw me wearing the bracelets I created for myself and encouraged me to start selling them. I was born with an entrepreneurial spirit so it didn’t take much encouraging!
What do you love most about the creative process?
That I get to give people something very personal and special. Whether they learned to type on an old Underwood, or their grandpa was a newspaper editor who pecked away at the portable Royal, or they taught keyboarding on an electric, it appeals to so many people. And because my designs are so unique, I have little girls spend their own money to buy something I’ve created, when they have no experience with a typewriter at all!Quote you love or live by:
“If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
What makes your art unique or distinctive?
I am a mom and wife! I am also high school teacher. Between kids sporting events and lesson plans, I don’t have time for much else. I am starting a new journey as a trainer for an educational leadership company too. I’m very passionate about helping people. I am a volunteer teacher at a local prison.
What do you remember wanting to be when you grew up?
A teacher and I still am!
Do you have any notable awards or accomplishments?
This was a really big deal to me:
You can see much more of Joy's adorable typewriter jewelry at Yellow Door and online. Stay tuned for more fun & interesting info about Joy all week!
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