The Story Behind Common Silver

Hello & welcome to my new website! I thought I would pop on here and share a little about myself and the heart behind Common Silver.

Throughout my 26 years of life, I have always felt drawn towards art and creativity in one way or another. My mom is an extremely creative woman, with a great appreciation for artistic detail, collage, spaces and how they influence us, and the beauty of the natural world. Her love for all things creative couldn't help but rub off on me-- thanks Mom!

I recently watched a video of my 6-year-old self being asked "Sophie, what do you want to be when you grow up?" To my surprise, I responded confidently, "I want to be an artist or an art teacher!" It was moving for me to hear that, because all I remembered saying was the standard teacher, dolphin trainer, or cowgirl response (#lol). In high school and college, I started taking art classes-- painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, design-- and my love for creating grew. I found a type of work that felt intuitive and natural to me. While I cared about my school work and other classes, the art classes were the ones that sparked passion in me-- from excitement to perfectionistic frustration and everything in between. I cared deeply about what I created.

I thought about how I could use my art in life during and after college, but I often listened to the voices telling me that it was impractical and too scary to pursue art in a way that was more than just a hobby.

I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2013 and moved to Costa Rica the following fall to teach english and continue to date my Costa Rican boyfriend, Pablo (more on that later). The next few years were spent living back and forth between San Jose, Costa Rica and Wheaton, Illinois doing all sorts of jobs. I did personal creative projects here and there and dreamed of opening an Etsy shop one day, but I was busy thinking about other things (like how to survive the beginning of my adult life in a foreign country and whether or not I wanted to marry a boy from that foreign country). Turns out, I did! Pablo and I got married in April of 2015 in Costa Rica and decided to move to my hometown of Wheaton, Illinois a week later.

That following summer I finally had space to think about what I wanted to do next in my life. I started dreaming about pursuing my art in a more intentional way. In November of 2015, I opened my Etsy shop and decided to call it Common Silver.

Why Common Silver? Because in my life, I have seen how God is continuously in the process of taking what is common and unrefined in myself and transforming it into something lovely, like polished silver. The creative process seems similar to me. As artists, we are taking common, ordinary materials and using them to create meaning and add beauty to the world.

As a human and an artist, I want to embrace the creative process of refinement and growth. I want to find the treasure in ordinary, everyday, common life; to run after the faint, silvery glimmers of hope, of truth, of beauty, of grace, of God's kingdom on earth. I hope to live a reflective and intentional life, to allow myself to be challenged and refined, both personally and creatively, so that I may increasingly reflect the heart of my Creator.

It is my hope that through this process of creating-- whether in creating details to help you celebrate your marriage, or by designing stationery that helps you communicate care for your loved ones, or by creating custom pieces for your homes and celebratory gatherings-- that together, we can pursue a meaningful life that inspires deeper love and connection with each other.

After a year and a half of pursuing this dream of mine, I decided it was time to make a website so that I can hopefully communicate with you in a clearer way. I wanted to have a place where I can not only display my portfolio and aesthetic, but also communicate about what I'm working on and thinking about, in hopes of connecting with you on a more real & personal level. 

Thanks for being here. I would love to connect with you, whether it be to work on a project together, to help answer any questions you might have or just to share our stories!