Our Featured Artist this week is Rita Stuopis of Catbird Design. You can find her nature themed cards and gifts in our Gift Shop and you can come see her full inventory on June 8th at our First Annual Artisan Fair!
An Interview With Rita
What is Catbird Design’s mission:
To evoke an appreciation for nature and to educate about the beauty of our natural world, through my images of birds, insects, plants and animals;
To bring awareness of the important role that all species have within their ecosystems and how dependent they are on each other and on their habitats;
To inspire people to support conservation efforts.
How did you get started?
Throughout my life, I’ve always needed to express my creativity: through architecture, graphic art, silk screening, gardening, illustration and photography. In 2015, I completed a series of cat and penguin (cat and bird) illustrations, which I combined into a calendar, then started really getting into nature photography – and my small business – CatbirdDesign was born. Although I’ve felt a connection and a respect for nature since childhood, the more time I spent observing, photographing, and researching her creations, the more aware I became of how amazing yet fragile the habitats that support our fellow creatures really are…I soon developed an emotional attachment to my subjects and felt compelled to share their stories, their beauty, and their struggle to survive through my photography and through educational, interesting articles and images on social media.
What are your current products?
Nature themed cards, prints, jewelry, and gifts – all created using my photographic images.
Where people can find you online?
What upcoming events will you have a booth at?
Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary Artisan Fair – Saturday, June 8th, 9 am-4 pm. 293 Moose Hill Parkway, Sharon, MA
Amazing Things Brick Market – Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 10am-4pm. 160 Hollis Street, Framingham MA 01702. Market takes place in the parking lot behind the Firehouse.
2019 Blue Hills Boosters Holiday Fair – Saturday, December 7th, 2019 10am-3pm. Blue Hills Regional Vocational High School, 800 Randolph St., Canton, MA 02021
Blue Hills Trailside Museum Fall Festival (early October) 1904 Canton Ave, Milton, MA 02186
Amazing Things Holiday Market (Late November) 160 Hollis Street, Framingham MA 01702