Tramp Art, like quilting, relies on using salvaged materials to create textures and patterns then piecing them together to make beautiful yet utilitarian
objects. While relatively unknown, Tramp Art was a wide-spread form of Folk Art that flourished in America between the 1870's – 1940's.


Monday, May 2, 2016

A tree grows in Brighton.....that's right, NOT Brooklyn.

I love folk art and have collected
both antique pieces and various artists work
over the years. In my efforts to design
and create new and interesting pieces of Tramp Art
that are unique and original I am working
on a Bird Tree.

This particular Bird Tree is an anniversary present
for my husband. Once the tree has a
proper base or vintage box to attach itself to
I will be making new and different
Tramp Art clip-on birds to attache to the tree
for special occasions or just because.

The first bird is a Raven.
He holds two vintage German acorns in his beak.
They symbolize us as a couple and
that we will keep growing older, wiser and stronger
as the years go by.


It is a gray and rainy day today!
As I walked through the garden the other morning
I took a few photos of nature that
caught my eye and thought I would share them
with you...


At the moment, I am working on
weaving some miniature and full size Shaker Baskets.
Many, many years ago I took a class
from Martha Wetherbee. She is the foremost
authority on Shaker baskets and through
her studies and hard work she revived the art of
the Shaker Basket!

Here are some of the baskets I have made
along with a few of Martha's. I also make and collect
1 inch scale miniatures so I made the miniature
Shaker Alphabet Board based on a piece that had been
in the "Shaker Design" exhibit many years ago.

Lol, you may notice I like Ravens and Crows...

I will also be attempting to make a
1 inch scale violin case based on this exception
antique piece I saw from an antique shop.

I will be tweeting the case a bit but this was my first prototype.
As with my Tramp Art, I don't employ the use
of any power tools so this is all being done by hand
with an x-acto knife. I will be making a handful
of these cases and will be painting them to match the original.
A good friend and miniature artist has been most
generous and is sending me the hinges for at least on case.

Wish me luck!


I hope you enjoyed this post. As always, I invite you to
take a look through my website and my Etsy Shop.
Feel free to spread the word about my work.
I thank you for your time, your friendship and your support.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Spring is in the air.....after a few snow storms

It has been a while but all is well.
I have been finishing up a few pieces and
took the time to make a piece I have
been wanting to do for a couple years now.

is a piece that I will be keeping. It is one of my
German style Tramp Art automobiles with
the addition of some hand painted farm stand signs
to hang off the sides.

I have asked a small group of my artist friends to make 
a German style veggie person to ride in the
passenger area and then another artist friend volunteered
to make the driver for this piece.


A walk around the garden has revealed
the beginnings of some pears,
peaches, cherries and some flowers.


Of course, Mr. Rabbit has started tending his garden...


As some of you may know,
I have designed a collection of paper patterns
for hooked rugs, punch needle, 
wool appliqué and will be having some charted
for cross stitch as well.

All these designs are taken from my 
originalTramp Art designs. 
I am calling these patterns the "HOOKER collection!

They are all available in my Etsy Shop.
Please take a moment to visit the shop and 
I hope you enjoy these designs.

One of my friends (Renee Bowen) took one of my designs and
made it in to a 1/12 scale miniature "hooked rug"
using nothing but french knots.

and another friend (Colleen McDonald) took 
one of my patterns and converted it to 
a wool appliqué pattern that can be used to make 
a wonderful pouch to hold your tablet 
or a needlework project you are working on.


I have been gathering up some small 
vintage/antique pièces to pair up with some new
Tramp Art designs I am working on.
I have over 50 new pieces designed so far.
Now all I need are the funds for the supplies. 
I trust this will happen as I know
that I have found my true calling creating each of
the pieces as The Art Tramp!


I am also working on weaving some
full size and miniature Shaker baskets. This is something
I decided to do again. It has been many years
but I think they will be a nice addition to some of my
Tramp Art pieces. I also have a few friends 
who will be getting some of them in trade for pieces
I love of their work. And, if I make enough, 
they will also be sold at a miniature show at the end 
of the summer! Just trying to stay 
busy and creative at the same time!!!!

I am hoping to attend two shows this year.
I will be returning to the Wilton Historical Society's 
American Artisan Show on November 4, 5 & 6.
And, I am waiting to hear if I have gotten
in to another amazing show that is held in Pennsylvania
around the middle of September. I will keep you posted
on these here and through Facebook.


I hope your Spring is off to a good start!

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Everything your HEART desires...

I wanted to share with you
some of the Hearts in my personal collection...
you got have heart!


A new piece that is going to be a Valentine
for someone very special....

I call her "Sew Sweet".
She is a thread holder, scissor holder and a pin keep.
The inspiration for this piece came from a
wonderful old Fraktur Angel and a sweet, very worn
antique pin keep. I used an antique German
porcelain doll's head, some hand-dyed velvet, silk ribbon,
some vintage German milliner's flowers and 
a wool paisley from the 1800's to make the pin keep.
It is filled with sawdust and a small amount
of cherry tobacco for a wonderful faint aroma.


Here is a selection of pieces from my website
that may tug at your heartstrings or
be the perfect thing for your sweetheart...

"Fruitful Sewing"


Scissor Holders with Heart Handled Scissors


Heart In Hand Thread Holder & Pin Cushion


Courting Mirros and a box entitled "L.M.A."


"Hearts Desire", 5" x 7" picture frame 
awaiting a photo of that special someone.


And a piece that I recently saw and loved....

designed and made by a new friend of mine,
Lori Rippey.


I have some exciting news that I will be sharing VERY soon!
Hope you all have a Happy Valentine!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Giving thanks.....

I have so many things to be thankful for...
a loving husband and our furry 
four footed family, friends, the gifts
I have been given and the ability
to share those gifts.

It has always been my belief
that the gifts or talents I have are not
inherently mine, rather, I am  their
caretaker and as such it is my duty, my 
responsibility to nurture, grow
and share those gifts with others.

I am so thankful to all the friends,
family members and fellow artists who have
been so generous with their support
and encouragement as I pursue my dream of
The Art Tramp.

I have almost reached my first goal
with my Go Fund Me campaign.
I just need a few hundred more to be able to 
securely get to and from my first show,

The American Artisan Show
November, 6-8 in Wilton, Connecticut

I invite you to come join us 
and enjoy a truly wonderful event with some 
of the most amazing artisans.
Please stop by and say hello and I look forward 
to meeting you!


I just wanted to take a moment
and share some of the pieces I am creating
for The American Artisan Show.
Most of these images are "works in progress"
but you will be able to see the 
finished pieces when you come to the show!


One of my extremely gifted friends,
Tammy Black, had a wonderful give-a-way
on her blog recently.

It seems I never win these give-a-ways
BUT when it is something that
is truly unique and wonderful and makes
my heart sing (like Tammy's work)
I feel compelled to enter
and guess what.....I WON!

I have always loved acorns and
have an affection for Squirrels, Ravens 
and Crows. So, I was thrilled to 
discover that I will be the caretaker 
for this sweet little Acorn! 
It and Tammy's friendship are a 
treasure to me, worth more then gold.

For any of you who are stitchers
or simply appreciate exceptional design,
please take a moment to visit


Last but not least,
if you would like to contribute to my
any donation would be most gratefully 
accepted and be put to good use.
I am almost a third of the way to my goal
and am feeling very thankful and 
very blessed for all of your love and support!


David A. Schump a.k.a. The Art Tramp