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Trostle never considered herself a creative person after discovering her love of crafts later in life.”I’ve always considered myself a linear thinker, and when someone suggested me to do something creative, I would reject the idea,” Trostle explained.
Earlier in her career, Trostle worked in the financial services industry.“The industry is very black and white. There is not much room for creativity in banking,” Trossell said.
In 2001, Trostle left the financial services industry to work in continuing education and training at Carroll Community College.”Working in college has boosted my creativity. I’ve become a big fan of lifelong learning, and since joining college, I’ve taken many courses such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Both programs have helped me design the crafts I have today, ‘ said Trostle.She also completed a workforce training certificate program to become a commercial drone pilot, and a digital and social media program where she learned skills for promoting her business.
Trostle uses her drone to take aerial photos.”I think that’s another part of my creativity and my art. As an avid camper, I love taking pictures of where we camp and aerial views of the scenery. A proud moment for me is that I’m in Drone photos taken at the 2019 International Airstream Rally in Doswell, Virginia appear on Airstream’s website.” The Airstream is an iconic silver travel trailer.Trostle and her husband have been owners of Airstream since 2016.
Trostle named her business “Gypsy Crafter” because of her retirement plans to travel on Airstream with her husband and sell her crafts at festivals and events in different parts of the country.
Trostle started the business by learning about laser cutters at Ting Makerspace in Westminster.She is interested in learning how to use a laser cutter to create artwork by cutting and engraving wood, acrylic, leather and other lightweight materials.She designs her projects on a computer and then laser cuts the work.Trostle then assembles, paints or finishes the handmade items to achieve the final product.”I can get really creative at all stages of the process,” she adds.
According to the Exploration Commons website, “The Ting Makerspace opened in 2016 as part of the Ting/City of Westminster Fiber Network project to support the maker community until the Exploration Commons at the Carroll County Public Library was completed. Ting Makerspace was opened on Officially merged with Exploration Commons on July 1, 2020, and will operate as a preview space for Exploration Commons’ Makerspace until 2021. The Exploration Commons Preview Makerspace will continue to serve the maker community and provide access to select devices Exploration Commons ( https://explorationcommons.carr.org/preview.asp) resources and resources during construction.
Trostle specializes in earrings, signs and home decor.As a collector of furniture and art from the Arts and Crafts era, she loves making signs to compliment this decor.”I like to make things that match what I like,” she said.A bestseller is a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired wall hanging, which she cut from walnut plywood.Locally, Trostle’s earrings are available at Change Space in central Westminster.
One particular sign she made was: “Fences are for those who can’t fly,” a line from American artist, writer, and philosopher Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) talk.He is the founder of the Roycroft artist community in East Aurora, New York, and a supporter of Trostle’s beloved Arts and Crafts movement.According to Trostle, “This quote is about being a nomad. You can’t stop someone who wants to travel and explore the world.”
Trostle sells her crafts at the Union Bridge gift shop.There is a Facebook page for more information.
Trostle also wrote a children’s book, illustrated by her niece, Abbey Miller of Hampstead.This is the first in a planned series “Adventures of Shining Hope.”The series is about Airstream’s travels across North America.The first book in the series, “Shining Hope Visits Niagara Falls,” is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and local bookstores.This book is also sold by the Niagara Park Service gift shop in Ontario.Trostle has also donated copies to all branches of the Carroll County Public Library for local children to read and enjoy.For more information on her book, visit Shininghopadventures.com.
“The most satisfying thing for me as a creator is seeing my ideas come to life, it’s satisfying,” she said.”It’s a wonderful feeling when someone tells me that I create something that brings them joy. If I could give advice to anyone reading this, it’s to reach out to the creative side of you and discover what you really are It’s never too late to be passionate.”
Lyndi McNulty is the owner of Gizmo’s Art in Westminster.Her column, Eyes on Art, appears regularly in Life & Time magazine.
Post time: Jan-20-2022