Artists ~ Lindsay LaRose ~ Cumberland

Artist’s name: Lindsay LaRose
Shop name: The Writing on the Wall Designs
Instagram: @Thewritingonthewalldesigns

1. Tell us about your work
The Writing on the Wall Designs specializes in handmade/ hand painted wooden signs with popular, funny, and endearing sentiments.

2. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
I've always been creative/crafty; working at a craft store for 10 years will do that to you.

I made my first hand painted sign to display a specific quote that would match my rustic home decor.

Once I ran out of walls, I still really wanted to create more, so I opened up an etsy shop. My one year anniversary was April 4th!

3. Where do you draw your inspiration?
I draw inspiration from everyday life, friends and family, and my favorite movies. When I see or hear something that resonates within me, I know that I have to make it into a sign.

4. What’s your favorite item to create?
I love making all the pieces I sell, but I really enjoy doing custom orders. My customers are really creative people as well, so I love to collaborate with them and see what we can come up with. I also love making signs that I have to use the power drill for, like my mason jar signs or the larger “picket fence” signs.

5. What’s your best seller?
My best seller is actually the first sign I created, and it happens to be the piece that inspired me to start making signs. It’s the closing line from my favorite movie, Practical Magic:

Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder.
Keep rosemary by your garden gate.
Plant lavender for luck.
And fall in love whenever you can.

6. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
I have lived in Rhode Island for 30 years (all my life.) My stroller was a quahog ;)

7. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
I {heart} its history, the beaches, Del’s Lemonade, Iggy’s Doughboys and Chowder House, Blackstone Valley bike trail, Cumberland Monastery and its nature trails. I {heart} it all!

8. Please include anything else you’d like to add:
Besides painting wooden signs, my other passion is bringing new life to old furniture. I love working with second- hand and thrift store pieces; I just slap on a new coat of paint or stain, add a bit of distressing, and poof, it’s a brand new item!


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