Social Media and International Makers; Sammi Hambleton

Hello, hello! Today I have a very special guest who has kindly agreed to share some of her thoughts with us. Her name is Sammi Hambleton. Be sure to check out the link to her Instagram account at the end of this post.

What country do you live in?

I live in England, United Kingdom. Bolton within Manchester to be exact.

Do you feel that being an artist in your country is different from being an artist in the United States? How so?

Being an artist in the UK is different to being one in the US because I believe handmade cards aren’t very popular here compared to the US, people in the US have different supplies than we do in the UK, and we have different holidays than the US and celebrate some of them at different times (such as Mother’s Day and Father’s Day). We also don’t celebrate some holidays those in the US do such as Thanksgiving and the 4th of July. As a result on my Instagram account you will see me post things for different occasions/holidays than artists in the US would.

What are some of the challenges of being an artist in your country?

In the US there are bigger companies such as Hero Arts who have monthly subscriptions to card making kits. I see a lot of card makers use these subscriptions to create and then share cards made with those kits.

On one hand it makes me feel like I’m missing out by not having those kits as I see so many card makers using them to create lovely cards. However I also think that not having those kits sets me apart from other card makers.

Another difficult aspect is that there aren’t as many card makers here compared to the US (in part due to this being a smaller country). I feel this is a challenge for me in the UK as people here (in my opinion) prefer to buy cards from a supermarket or card shop rather than from a card maker like myself. It is more convenient for them to just go to the local shop or supermarket to buy a card rather than spend more for a handmade card.

What are some of the benefits of being an artist in your country?

The benefits of being an artist in the UK is that we have two great stores from which to purchase card making supplies. These are ‘Hobby Craft’ and ‘The Range’. They have a wide variety of different and great things to purchase at low costs.

Do you feel that social media has had any impact on the way in which you view your work or on the way in which you view yourself as an artist?

Social media has had a positive impact on the way I view my work. It has made me realise everyone is unique in their styles of cards.

It has also shown me how I can improve on my work and become a better artist through learning from other card makers on Instagram.

The Instagram community (specifically the card making community) is so supportive of each other and they make me feel good about all of my cards. We support each other and give each other different ideas. Without my Instagram followers/friends, especially ones from the US, I wouldn’t be the card maker I am today.

What do you consider to be the most problematic or difficult aspect of social media for artists not residing in the US?

The most problematic or difficult aspect of social media for artists not in the US is not being able to take part in giveaways that are for US residents only. I understand that shipping outside the US is expensive. However it seems unfair to exclude other countries without giving another option for us to enter; like us paying for the shipping cost if we won for example.

Thank you so much, Sammi, for sharing your perspective with us. I also have never had a card subscription kit and I can tell you without a doubt that not having one will definitely set you apart from other card makers. While everyone with that month’s kit is creating cards using the same products we will be creating things that are very different.

If you’d like to see Sammi’s work you can find her on

Instagram @sammisartshop

This is one of my favorite cards by Sammi. Simple yet classy.

You can find it on her Instagram page here.

Thank you again, Sammi.

Until next time,

Ribbon, lace, great big race,

Samantha

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