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Stories They Tell is a name that popped into my head years ago, before I ever thought of making it into a business. I wrote it down in a piece of paper, stuck it in a file but never really forgot about it.

Because I am a storyteller. For me, life is a process, a journey, a transformation, an unfolding. And as our lives tell a story, so does our art. We – and it-- are shaped by what we've done, who we've met, what we've learned, what we've struggled with or succeeded at. Life is an intersection with other souls, other lives, other ways of seeing, other ways of living. Art expresses that in a wonderful and ever-changing, topsy-turvy marvel of creation and discovery.

My way of thinking about art and making it is influenced by ethnic, tribal, and folk art, and is layered and complex. Even the simple things I make have layers-- of color, of…

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  • Female
  • Born on March 13
  • Joined March 29, 2008

Favorite materials

Polymer clay, found objects, antique buttons, Bakelite, fibers, semiprecious stones, silver, copper, bronze, anything with rust or patina

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About

Stories They Tell is a name that popped into my head years ago, before I ever thought of making it into a business. I wrote it down in a piece of paper, stuck it in a file but never really forgot about it.

Because I am a storyteller. For me, life is a process, a journey, a transformation, an unfolding. And as our lives tell a story, so does our art. We – and it-- are shaped by what we've done, who we've met, what we've learned, what we've struggled with or succeeded at. Life is an intersection with other souls, other lives, other ways of seeing, other ways of living. Art expresses that in a wonderful and ever-changing, topsy-turvy marvel of creation and discovery.

My way of thinking about art and making it is influenced by ethnic, tribal, and folk art, and is layered and complex. Even the simple things I make have layers-- of color, of texture, of materials, of design, of meaning-- and keep unfolding to the touch, to the sight, to the senses and to the spirit.

I have been making art for most of my life. I can't remember a time when I was not drawing or sewing or doing something with my hands. I have been a potter, a dressmaker, a textile designer, a graphics artist. I've hooked rugs, and upholstered chairs and painted scenes on furniture. I love to collect little precious things: old perfume bottles, tiny pinecones from my hemlock trees, beach glass, old nails, buttons, tin boxes and anything rusty. I live in rural Vermont in a farm established in the 1830s so there are stories surrounding me everywhere-- in fact, buried in the very earth I walk on.

I began working seriously in polymer clay only a few years ago but all my creative paths have led me to this one medium, which awakened my true creative style. It is the most versatile, colorful and technically flexible art material I've ever worked in. And it has my favorite artistic characteristic: it allows the most spontaneous expression of my vision.

Making art everyday is what I live for but my primary goal with this Etsy site is to provide the inspiration and possibly the materials for others to discover and express their creative vision too. I have lately discovered and completely embrace the quote: “The place God calls you is the place where your great gladness and the world's great hunger meet”.

Christine Damm
Stories They Tell

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