As part of our Getting Social series, we are pleased to introduce you to textile artist Samantha Priddy. She owns Sharp Tooth Studio, an online shop that specializes in pennant flags and banners. Her collection of banners focuses on sending short and sweet messages of positive attitudes and good vibes to the world and we’re all about that mentality here at social studio shop. We have all the heart eyes for her handcrafted work, I mean who could resist these wall hangings for their home? With the many different phrases and color schemes, it’s the perfect statement piece to add to your space.
We have been obsessed with her work since our Kansas City workshop and have been waiting to pick at her artistic brain even more! Keep reading for the full interview to learn more about this Texan artist.
You’re originally from KC but recently moved, correct? Where did you relocate & what was the reason for the move?
I am, and very proud to be from Kansas City! We moved from Manhattan, KS where both my husband and I graduated from Kansas State. My husband was offered a job in the construction industry in Houston, so here we are!
How are you liking Texas? What's been your favorite part so far?
We are really liking Texas. Something that people from Kansas City and Texas have in common... they are both VERY proud of where they are from. I think people here can respect my love of KC because of that, and don't get too offended when I boast about our BBQ being better. My favorite part is definitely the wildflowers here, every color everywhere you look. They are breathtaking.
It can be really tough picking up your roots & relocating your business. How has the transition been with your Sharp Tooth Studio?
I actually started Sharp Tooth Studio right after I moved to Texas. I did mostly ceramics while living in Kansas/Missouri (my major in college). I picked up sewing and textiles after moving away from my beloved ceramics studio back home.
Any tips for business owners that are relocating?
My best advice is to make do with what you have, where you are. You can always find an excuse to not do something, you have to want it so bad you are willing to make some BIG changes to keep going.
"My best advice is to make do with what you have. You can always find an excuse not to do something." (Tweet this!)
How did you start Sharp Tooth Studio? What's the inspiration for the name?
My son, Rex is the inspiration for the name Sharp Tooth. He had 8 teeth at 8 months old, and his name being "Rex" was just an added funny bonus. I started my business for my older daughter though. I wanted her (Willa) to see that she could do it all if she really wanted to, and I wanted them both to see me working hard to chase my dream.
How do you get the word out about your company? How long have you been in business?
At the time Etsy was still doing those curated front pages and I worked really hard to have great product photos to get those front page features. Since they no longer do that (and my sales were affected by that!) I turned to Instagram to market myself and it has proven to be effective. I opened Sharp Tooth Studio 2 years ago.
What has surprised you most about owning Sharp Tooth Studio?
The confidence and purpose it has given me. There is something about working hard to accomplish that one thing you know you were meant to do and then exceeding your own expectations that really makes you go, "I can do anything!"
What’s your favorite social media network and why?
Instagram by far! When selling online it's all about the product photos and building a story from those photos. Instagram is the best outlet for that I think.
If you could give other entrepreneurs starting out one tip of advice, what would it be?
Read things like the Etsy Sellers Handbook and blog. It has so much information that has helped me.
What exciting things do you have in store for 2015?
I have a new line of dip dyed banners I am really excited about! I've wanted to experiment with hand dying fabric (not just tassels like I have done in the past) for a long time.
portrait photos c/o Samantha Priddy of Sharp Tooth Studio