Art is not optional. That pretty much sums up the belief that drives what we do at Artistcellar. We believe deeply in creativity. But more importantly, we understand the need to create. Creativity is healing, meditative, divine and just plain fun. We can’t imagine what we’d do if we couldn’t be creative.
We also understand that creativity is more than the sum of your tools. But we believe good tools help creativity on a roll keep rolling. That’s why we started Artistcellar. We hand select all our products and put them through their paces in our own work. Then we only sell the ones we fall in love with - the ones that make our nails dirty, our desk a mess and our smiles contagious. We get our fingers dirty to ensure our products inspire our muse so we can be sure they will do the same when let loose in your studio.
When it comes to our own Artistcellar stencils we only offer designs that are distinctive, original and that inspire - both of our own designs and those of well known artists sharing their personal signature style.
Finally we strive to give back by being a responsible company to do business with. All our stencils are designed, manufactured, and packaged right here in the United States. We do our best to source environmentally friendly packing materials, locally where possible. We are an "Angel company" allowing you to use our stencil designs in your handmade work. And we treat every customer as a potential friend and inspiration, whether this be hand writing "thank you for your order" on your packing slip or refunding excess shipping costs on orders shipped worldwide or just helping you source that special something for your art retreat we might not sell - yet.
Art is not optional. You have to create. We understand.
“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”
St. Francis of Assisi
Who we are:
Lisa started out as an artist at a very young age. You should’ve seen the awesome Lego houses she'd built as a young child and the birthday cards she made for family members. As a teenager she acquired my very first drafting table where she set up her giant Prismacolor pencil set and waited for inspiration to strike. In college she had the opportunity to design - houses, landscapes, cityscapes, books and brochures. Working at the Arizona State University Art Museum as a docent she had the chance to absorb the beautiful paintings and sculptures, studying the art and the artists for hours. While in Arizona she learned flint knapping, basket weaving and leatherworking. And all this time her camera was practically attached to her shoulder. When she moved back to the Midwest and started a family, she took a practical view of art making cloth diapers and baby blankets, clothes and accessories. Soon after she discovered traditional quilting, then art quilting, and then mixed media art and art journaling.
Michael had a passion for drawing logos and horses when he was a kid. When he was seven his aunt told him he would grow up to be a Graphic Designer. He majored in Architecture but found he preferred his design classes. He spent a lot of time working in the basement of the Arizona State University Art Museum where he photographed all manner of renowned artwork from Jasper Johns paintings to Natzler bowls. He also photographed dignataries like three governors of Arizona. But he grew up to be a Graphic Designer and a Graphic Design and Photography teacher. He designs all things Artistcellar now from the logo to the website to all Artistcellar stencils. In his spare time he creates identity and branding for clients nationally.