Ashland Artisan Emporium

Pumpernickel Studio

Vendor of the Month: WS241

My name is Sarah and I am the artist behind “Pumpernickel Studio” (WS241). I have always enjoyed creating, and I love finding inspiration in my environment. Some of my art is inspired by the southwest, as I spent most of my life in and around Phoenix, Arizona. While living in Phoenix, I loved connecting with people through art. I participated in tabling at First Fridays nearly every month, and I loved seeing regulars, newcomers, and other vendors. The first item I ever made for sale at First Fridays was  a make-your-own-adventure style cat themed coloring book! I even made commissioned custom cat doodles for a while.

Ashland is a breath of fresh air for me right now, even amidst a pandemic, strangely enough. I’ve had to change my career path for the time being, so I’m learning new things every day, and getting inspired to create more. I am also excited to just try and make different things!

If you stop by my wall space, you might find a few cat-themed items, lots of pin-back buttons, handmade notebooks, original drawings/paintings, and enamel pins. I recently added some of my partner’s artwork to the space (we also shared a First Friday table for four years). We have very different styles, and I am very excited from some upcoming projects!

In the next month or so, I will be adding some vintage embroidery work and other odds and ends, so check back often for updated hours. Thank you for checking it out and supporting your local arts!

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Ashland Artisan Emporium

The Ashland Artisan Emporium is owned by Michelle Christian, wife and mother of 3 daughters. Her husband, Travis, is the business manager for Adroit Construction in Ashland, Oregon. The Emporium was the vision of Michael Rydbom, Michelle's father. In April of 2010, Michael asked his daughter if she would be willing to help transform the old DJ's Video space into a crafter's marketplace. Michelle had always admired her dad's entrepreneurial spirit and was eager to make him proud, so even though she already had two kids, a real estate career and one more daughter on the way, she said yes. On November 1, 2010, the store opened it's doors to a welcome reception from the community. They were voted Best New Business of 2010 only months later by the Ashland Sneak Preview. Within weeks of opening, the store was at capacity and had quickly become the "go-to" store for all things unique and affordable.

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