We’re thrilled to introduce our latest featured designer, Atlanta-based Sarah Marks, also known as Thirdhalfstudios. She has a way of creating playful art with unexpected items and a large dose of imagination. Read our interview with her and find out what keeps her inspired!
My day starts with… feeding my menagerie of animals and then I go out into the front yard in my bare feet for a few minutes. My old boss always said, let the ground touch your feet every single day. He also said you can allegedly live off the condiments they give out for free at fast food places, so his advice wasn’t always 100%.
What’s in your toolbox?Absolutely everything: paint chips, markers, vintage toys, glass, clay, fingernail polish, stones I bring in from outside, dead insects. Seriously, I have an entire bin of dead insects. My husband is completely creeped out by that–he doesn’t even want to know where the box is.
When I’m in my studio…I feel like something amazing is going to happen!
If I could only wear one fabric… it would have a psychedelic pattern on it.
My favorite Spoonflower fabric to work with is…Silky Faille – I really enjoy swingy dresses. Also, I’d love to see one of my designs turned into a sofa!
The secret to a strong collection is… to have a single great idea and then start taking that idea apart into elements and then mix them up differently. Weirdly, I learned how to do repeats while working for a sculptor and making architectural elements for fancy houses. You have to know how to do the repeat when you make ceiling molding, so I learned how to do that in 3D first and when I first started designing fabric, there was this great moment where I got to say “Hey! I already know how to do this!”
My mantra is…“just keep going,” it doesn’t matter if you fail, or people don’t get what you are doing or you have suffered unbelievable heartbreak–just keep going. Make sacred art!