Sarah Grant - STICKS - Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa-based STICKS makes a wide range of heirloom-quality furniture and decorative pieces painted in bright colors with accompanying text. It is the ultimate in family-friendly art. Each STICKS piece is a little bit different, but incorporates themes and icons from a list the group has put together. There are also several color families.
The process involves constructing pieces from scratch out of regulation lumber, and then a sequence of drawing, wood burning, staining and painting the designs. Last come the final touches such as hand painted knobs and mulitple coats of polyurethane. Furniture and lazy susans are meant to be used. Surfaces are usually either wood stained, or involve an undercoating of solid black, over which paints are added. (The latter does not allow wood grain to show.) Designs are derived from a series of themes, icons and color palettes that galleries or clients may choose from, making STICKS furniture easily customized.
Because of its ability to deliver joyful, custom-designed pieces, STICKS furniture has become a national phenomenon. Founder Sarah Grant-Hutchison, the creative mastermind behind the decoration, is a Des Moines resident and a graduate of the University of Iowa. Iowa Artisans Gallery features the work of STICKS and arranges custom orders of works not currently in our inventory. Custom orders allow you to incorporate family information, pictures of your dogs, or color matches to existing decor and are available for an additional price. We have handouts featuring ideas for words and icons but you can also supply your own.
If you are located close enough to Iowa Artisans Gallery to view the STICKS display books in person, please consider doing so. If not, we can forward you images that will help illustrate different possibilities for custom order work. Rather than telling us you like everything, let us know specific items you are interested in (mirrors, lazy susans, furniture type, for example.) That will help us narrow the search.
Custom orders can be arranged by appointment. We can answer questions via email or by phone, 319.351.8686.