It's time to start getting excited for the upcoming Mom & Pop Shoppe--Crafty Mart's large, annual Spring Show. We're eager to bring you a series of profiles to introduce you to a few of our makers coming to the Mom & Pop Shoppe on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016. This is just one in a series of Vendor Spotlights where we let those who will be sharing their wares shine a light on what it is they do. The following profile is Jenean from Belly Acres Farm Studio and her response to a mini-questionnaire.
1). What is your name and what is it that you make?
My name is Jenean Stephan-Sustarsic, and I own Belly Acres Farm Studio (We were called "moonlighting" for years), and The Studios Upstairs.
My husband Dave and I are illustrators, painters, and soft-sculpture artist's.
We create "Monsterpieces" out of old, recycled paintings, and prints, and limited edition pillows from our original art, and OOAK soft-sculptures and pet portraits.
2). How did you acquire the unique skill set to do what it is you do?
Time and practice! It takes a lot of time and practice to develop new illustrations, techniques, and figure out what our customer is looking for. We are also fortunate that we have 37 years of experience developing products in card and gift channels.
3). What is your best seller?
Because we create a large variety of products, in a variety of price points, it's difficult to choose one, or even a couple of items. If a product doesn't sell in a year we drop it. However, our "Monsterpieces", zombie monkeys and teddy bears, and Pet Portraits probably get us the most attention.
4). How long have you been vending? Have you done a Crafty Mart show before?
We have been vending on and off for 30 years. and LOVE to participate in CraftyMart shows!!!
5). Chocolate or peanut butter?
C'mon...BOTH!!! TOGETHER!!! IN MASS QUANTITIES!!! And in a variety of options...candy, fudge, cake, ice cream, cookies, milkshakes, s'mores, smoothies, energy bars, mousse, cheescake, Reese's, and of course...grilled sandwich!!! I am literally the woman I am...thanks to chocolate and peanut butter!!!
Thank you for answering our questions Jenean. And, thanks for coming to the Mom & Pop Shoppe. We'll see everyone on Sat. April 2nd from 10am-4pm at the Akron Art Museum, Summit Artspace, and Akron Main Library. You'll be able to find Belly Acres Farm Studio at the Library.