“It was an absolute honor to be named winner of the Local Art category in the 2019 Crafted in the Lowcountry Awards presented by LOCAL Life magazine! First and foremost, it was a brilliant idea to host a contest that highlights local artists, crafters and makers! As the arts and cultural interests grow in our area, the Crafted in the Lowcountry contest brought community awareness to local talent and gave entrants an opportunity to shine! Thank you for recognizing the local artisan community – I hope you continue this call annually!
My featured piece “Strength” was seen by the local community through your widely read publication. I was congratulated by phone, text, email and personal communications. I have made new friends that, once learning my name, asked if I was the creator of “the girl with the oyster hair.” I have heard this several times and I love it! I have also recently been asked to create prints of the image as her 48′ x 60″ size is dramatic but very large for the average wall. I plan to release prints in the beginning of the new year.
Additionally, my social media pages have gained followers and my commissions have increased due to the awareness brought about by LOCAL Life. Once again, thank you for offering this opportunity to creatives within our community. Thank you for shining a light on hand-made work and the people who create them!” – Julie Jones, Julie Jones Artwork
“The 2019 Crafted in the Lowcountry Awards has been a wonderful experience and door opener for me and my business. Since starting in 2013, I was growing very slowly due to a lack of time, knowledge and dedication to the growing part of my business. I did only one show a year and was in about three stores in the Bluffton area. After the article in LOCAL Life magazine and the Crafted in the Lowcountry Awards, I had an invitation to several shows, stores, and galleries. All of this caught me by surprise since I didn’t have enough inventory for all those opportunities, but I am catching up! Also, I have had a surplus of new people/clients, either stopping by my shop or my house and buying pieces. I even had cabinet makers from the north stop by my house impromptu and I got to show them how I burn wood with electricity – They were amazed and we were talking about doing it to cabinet faces! I am very grateful for the opportunities given to me by LOCAL Life, and the Crafted in the Lowcountry Awards. It has been nothing but a wonderful experience for my business and personally for creating friendships.” – Roberto Rodriguez, Wild Wood Rescue and Designs
“We were thrilled to have been chosen as the style winner for the 2019 LOCAL Life Crafted in the Lowcountry Awards! After the initial article was published announcing the winners, our Etsy shop absolutely blew up! We were mailing out multiple orders a day and saw a profit like we’d never seen before. Many of our sales were from the Beaufort area and we even had sales to South Carolina vacationers all across America who said our products would be a perfect reminder of their cherished time at the beach. We are so thankful that LOCAL Life was able to highlight the historical significance of our business but also share some of the skill involved in creating our products as many don’t understand how time-consuming our craft can really be. Locally, we have become much more recognizable and our story better-known. We now sell our products in even more stores. Thank you so much to everyone at LOCAL Life – this award has really helped our small, local business succeed!” -Scarlett Olsen, Island Indigo