Sarah Grant was an abstract painter and college art instructor in Iowa until 1985 when she was commissioned by Better Homes & Gardens Decorative Woodcrafts magazine to design a wooden nativity. This spurred an interest in experimenting with etching her designs into wood and she soon realized this technique was an effective way to realize her creative vision. Sarah began a small company called “Origin Art Forms” and in 1991, Better Homes and Gardens featured a story on Sarah and her company that elicited a large national response and an influx of orders.
In 1992, Sarah incorporated the company as “Sticks, Inc.” In the Sticks studio, artisans construct furniture from birch, poplar and driftwood, then burn imaginative imagery and text into the wood, and finally hand-paint the designs with vibrant colors.
Since each piece is made from scratch, Sticks furniture can be personalized to feature themes, imagery, text, or colors chosen by the customer. They’ve also started a line of printed products called “Sincerely, Sticks” using their iconic handmade designs.
Now celebrating their 30th anniversary, Sticks continues to be a New Morning Gallery best-seller.