Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Featured Exhibitor: Whatknots & Tangents


Stacy Bifulk is a second generation woodworker who creates custom keepsake boxes. Whatknots & Tangents became her full time business this fall, and the keepsake wine boxes for couples to open on their wedding anniversary have quickly become her favorite item to make. We think these boxes are the perfect special gift to mark any special occasion, from anniversaries to holidays. Stacy's work is not only beautiful, we love that she brings people together with her craft.
Is this a full-time business for you?

I just took the leap this fall. I’ve spent the past few years straddling two worlds – one as a marketer for a local medical device company and, well… this. I’ve always had a passion for art and this is my creative outlet. This fall I decided to pursue my dreams fulltime. I couldn’t be more excited about the journey… and learning curve… ahead of me as I work to build Whatknots and Tangents. And I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to participate in the Minneapolis Gift Expo.

What’s your favorite item that you sell?

I build anniversary wine boxes, which is a beautiful tradition I first witnessed at a dear friend’s wedding. Couples place a bottle of their favorite wine in the anniversary box along with two sealed letters. On their anniversary, they open the letters and enjoy them over the bottle of wine. Then, they repeat the tradition for the next year. These projects are often built custom for the couple, which gives me the chance to explore new designs and take on new challenges. I just love the idea and adore sharing it with folks.

How did you get started in your business?

My father is a longtime woodworker. I learned everything I know from him. When I first expressed interest, I would come to him with complex designs. I remember him laughing and suggesting we start with a box. My complex designs are now infused into the pieces I build today… and it gives me great pleasure to see him smile at my work.

How does the city you live in influence your work?

Stillwater has a strong community of artists. You never know who you’ll meet on Main Street or what conversation you’ll strike up. Different folks. Different mediums. Different perspectives. I find myself learning tricks, discovering resources… and enjoying the camaraderie from others that are following their passion. I consider myself quite lucky to call Stillwater home.

What are some other inspirations for your work?

People. Although I am a textbook introvert, I often get my best ideas while in conversation with others. I can overthink things… just ask my friends and family. And I’m a recovering perfectionist. So my friends and family ground me and help me get out of my own head. They’re an essential component to my creative process and I’m forever grateful to have each one of them in my life.
Check out more of Stacy's work online, and be sure to stop by her booth at the Minneapolis Gift & Art Expo, November 3-5, 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center!

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