I’m so thrilled that I got to talk with Rusty and Ingrid about their studio (and no, Rusty and Ingrid are not the adorable children in the picture below – those are their sweet children!) I love hearing how both of their answers clearly show how each partner inspires and pushes the other. I hope that when Gregg and I have children, they come to all the shows with us and help sell our work! I can’t wait to meet Rusty and Ingrid next year when we go for one of Gregg’s big races, the view from that city is absolutely spectacular.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT RUNNING YOUR BUSINESS :
R: I get to work with Ingrid. We’re both artists, but up until now we rarely collaborated on creative projects. With our business, I get to see a new side of her, not only as a great artist, but as a smart entrepreneur—I think we work well together.
R: Panda black licorice.
I: Vanilla peanut butter cup ice-cream, a flavor that I’ve only been able to find at Kimball’s Farm (in MA and NH). I have been ordering that flavor since I was a little kid. It’s just vanilla ice cream with chopped up peanut butter cups mixed in. So simple and so good!
WHAT’S A RECENT FAVORITE FIND :
R: On a trip to Kennebunkport, Maine, over the summer, we discovered Day Trip Society, which is a clever little shop that stands out from the tourist traps that are ubiquitous in seaside towns. It has a nostalgic, Wes Anderson vibe that is young and fresh with a fun selection of products that appeal to the casual tourist. They have a children’s store as well, which we appreciated.
R: We met and got married while attending MassArt in Boston, where we both studied painting. After school we traveled a bit (including living in Russia for a year), and along the way, I started doing freelance design and illustration work. Eventually, I landed a job as the Art Director at a small book publisher North of Boston—this is what brought us to to Gloucester. In 2013, I was laid off from my job and it was at that point that we decided to try to make a living selling our art.
R: Work hard. And be flexible. Don’t allow yourself to be limited by your less than ideal working situation.
I: You have to do what it takes, even if that means losing sleep from working ridiculous hours. For instance, we have small children, and we work at home, so that means the majority of our printing happens through the night. Sometimes it’s just a race to get everything done before a big event. It’s not unusual for us to go days on 2-3 hours of sleep. If you only see one of us working the booth at a craft fair, it might be because the other one is asleep under the table.