Lynn Ferenc | Art of Straw

How long have you been an artisan?  How did your particular skillset develop over time?

I come from a long line of artists.  My grandfather was a painter and my mother hand-crafted her own jewelry which was sold around the world.  I have always been creatively driven and like to think outside the box. It helps being raised and surrounded by creative thinkers and influencers in my family.

Please describe your work / product.

I hand paint glass straws that are each one of a kind.  Each straw is like a mini painting that you can drink from.   All straws come with a cleaner but are conveniently dishwasher safe and reusable as well.  Not only are they a piece of art at your fingertips, but they are my way of saving the planet by cutting out single-use plastic. I like to say we are saving the planet, and looking cute doing it!  My straws are an accessory, almost like a purse or necklace.

Who are some of your favorite artisans / makers in the region? Who amongst your peers inspires your work?

I’m so inspired by so many artists in the area I can’t choose.  Mostly I get inspiration and ideas from looking around at people, places, nature, and music.

How long have you been a business owner in WNY?

Art of Straw started in August 2018 as an idea over coffee with my husband. 

How long have you been a part of Buffalo Women’s Gifts?

I have been to several Buffalo Women’s Gifts as a consumer,  but this is my first time participating and I am so excited!

Where can people see / purchase your work year-round?

People can buy my custom straws or select existing straws at my website, Art of Straw.