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November 1, 2018 Free Spirit Designs in Wellman offers handcrafted gifts
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Corky Martin has loved art for just about all of her life, so much so, that she has made it her life’s work.

“I loved art when I was in school, so I just carried it on,” Martin said. “I worked at Stiers Crafts in Iowa City in the 1970s. I learned how all the knitting, crocheting and all that stuff, so I can answer people’s questions. I started doing the craft shows in the 70s and kept doing them.”

When her husband of 46 years, Dennis Martin, passed away earlier this year, she was left looking for a source of income.

“We were both retired, and now I only have one income,” Martin said. “I didn’t think I could go back into the workforce with my arthritis.”

Martin’s long-time neighbor, Mary Ellen Driscoll, suggested she open a craft store in a building Driscoll owns in Wellman that was used for storage.

“She said, ‘I have the storefront there. Why not try to fix it up and sell your stuff there.’ The last few months, that’s what I’ve been doing. No one’s been in this building for a very long time. It needed a lot of TLC.”

In September, Martin opened the doors of Free Spirit Designs at 224 Eighth Ave. in Wellman.

“Everything here is handcrafted by local artists,” Martin said. “Most of it is my stuff.”

Martin’s work includes greeting cards made from photos she has taken and a great deal of wire art.

“I have a gallery of the photography that I do,” she said. “I like wire art, so I do a lot of wire wrapping of jewelry and beads. I got into doing the Tree of Life. I love doing that.”

Her shop also includes some jewelry made by her niece, crocheting done by her sister-in-law and paintings by Ginny Mason of Keokuk.

“I have a friend who will be bringing some quilted purses and wall hangings,” Martin added.

She is still waiting for business to pick up.

“I’m still doing a few of the art shows in Iowa City,” Martin said. “I’m trying to make some money. So far, I haven’t had too many customers, but I don’t think too many people know I’m here.”

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