December 19, 2015
Today is the big day! Our final fair of 2015 kicks off today and we are so thrilled to be back in Seattle. Dear Pony will be joining us and we can’t wait to get these clothes on our bodies!
Where did your business name come from?
A nostalgia for letter writing. I imagine beautiful calligraphy on old paper taking forever to reach its destination and how treasured such correspondence once was.
Have you always been passionate about design?
I think so. As a teenager I remember appreciating good architecture and I always made presents for friends and family that turned not half bad!
When/Why did you start working in this particular craft/field?
I always sewed and altered clothing since I was provably 15, I started this business around 2008. Etsy was just getting going and I was excited to see all of the handmade work, I knew I had to give it a shot.
Have you had any major failures? If so, what were some important insights gained?
I don’t recall any major disasters. Lots of little ones- I bounce back really quick. I think being afraid of the disasters can paralyze ones work and debilitate the creation of new work.
What has been your proudest/favourite moment since creating your business?
My favourite moments are probably when an idea that has been manifesting for sometime and I make time for it and it actually works! As well when get to participate and interact with other creatives and my customers. I love my job.
How does the city you live in influence your work?
I live in the mountains of Western Canada, everyday I walk my dogs in the woods. I value this natural environment and space around me more than I can express! It clears my mind and lets me focus on my own voice (of creativity – I can’t sing to save my life)
What valuable experience/knowledge did you have before starting your business?
I had previously owned a couple other business, I learned that working hard pays off.
What are some inspirations for your work?
Lately I’ve been very inspired by Japanese minimalism- but suddenly I’m sensing a creeping in of neon geometric patterns- we’ll see how that plays out.
What are some tips or suggestions you’d like to offer to fellow makers?
Work hard, try and make the best work possible.