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.


Artist Bio -

From early childhood David Schump had a passion for all forms of art and creativity.
 His grandmother taught him how to sew, needlepoint, cross-stitch, embroider 
and do crewel work. He also learned to weave Shaker baskets, paint and draw,
sculpt and eventually found himself in a design career for over 3 decades. 

His love of Design, History, Antiques and Folk Art led him to start
collectingChristmas, Ephemera, Early American Furniture, Smalls,
Textiles/Quilts and Toys.These items have always been an inspiration for him. 

When he saw his first piece of Tramp Art he knew he had found something special. 
He took the time to research and study the history of this art form. 
The level of details, the simple tools and the materials used by the craftsmen 
who made these pieces of “Tramp Art” intrigued him. 

Each piece he studied seemed to have a soul, a story to tell 
and a warmth that only comes from something made by one’s hands. 

While he has always loved creating things with his hands he had never attempted
to work with wood, after all, he had no training. It was also very important
to him that he stay as true as possible to the origins of Tramp Art 
in it’s materials and simplicity. 

With that in mind he picked up the tools that he was most comfortable with 
from his year in graphic design, a couple of small hand held knives. 

The pieces he first created were given to his dearest friends as Christmas presents. 

In 2012, David decided to follow his dream of becoming a folk artist 
and turned his focus from graphic design to Tramp Art. Making each of his pieces
is a labor of love. His work can contain as many as 200-300 individually cut
and carved pieces of wood. 

He has said, “I have found my true calling” 
and he hopes to be creating his Tramp Art for years to come.

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