Business Name: Erlenmeyer Designs Website: www.erlenmeyerdesigns.ca Established: 2019
About Erlenmeyer Designs
Can you please fully explain your business or product line?
I think in order to explain the business, I have to explain the reason for selecting the name Erlenmeyer Designs. Erlenmeyer is a flask that is commonly used in chemistry laboratories and as a chemistry teacher, I want to create something that is science-oriented while aesthetically pleasing at the same time. Our products can range from having children’s puzzles that are of science glassware, to bathymetric lake depth maps of various lakes of Canada, to fun and silly things like our recent Christmas Covid-19 ornaments.
With the local maker community continuing to grow, what makes you stand out from the rest?
I think what makes us stand out is how science and being original is incorporated into our designs. I want to create items that are not of the current trend, but to set the trend. I want to make science that is something cool and aesthetically pleasing as many people can have the perception that science is just for the nerdy or geeky.
What made you realize that you had a product that could be shared with others?
I am still unsure what would sell or not. There are some products that I thought would sell, but didn’t, and there are some that I thought are basic, but made tremendous sales. I think for myself, I try to attempt to create things that are not from your Etsy templates. You can be inspired by designs on Etsy, but I believe you have to add your own personal touch to it whether a touch of your brand or something that’s different.
What has been your biggest success as a maker? Biggest struggle you’ve overcome?
I think the biggest success as a maker is that I have now overcome the initial nervousness of publicly displaying my products. Creativity is an audacious endeavour that you are required to create and display something that is subjected to the public’s criticism. It is easy to mimic other popular designs and stay within the comfortable bubble, but to really stand out, you really have to get yourself out there. You can’t be afraid of what people will say, but as long as you believe in your meticulous work that you have put in, you’ll just have to trust the process. I believe that is also the biggest struggle I had to overcome as well.
Any advice that you would tell someone hoping to start up their own business or product line?
When I first started, I was unsure and was very coy about my designs, but surround yourself with positive people and other local makers. They can provide you guidance and also support when you start to doubt yourself. Roberta from Prairie Wire Designs has been there encouraging me from day one. She was the one who encouraged me to take the jump and buy a laser cutter in the first place. To hear that from someone who has been in the maker business for over nine years is very encouraging.
Please share any upcoming events (physical events, virtual sales, etc.) that you think Winnipeggers would be interested in!
Currently, we have a line of COVID-19 Christmas ornaments that was created as a satire of the current situation. Someone took note of it and one thing led to another, our items were on CTV News. We have not been to any craft sales, but do have some items in local places such as the Forks Trading Post, The Locals Wpg, and MadeHere on Lombard. We sell all of our items from our website.
We understand that you are community conscious. How are you connecting with the community right now and during the upcoming holiday season?
We also want to encourage people to donate and give back to the community if they can, in any form possible. This could be lending a helping hand, donating money, or even taking the time to listen can play a big role in how we can overcome this pandemic. We are currently donating $1000 to the Christmas Cheer Board and hoping people like Dr. Roussin, Mayor Brian Bowman, Blake Wheeler, or anyone would be willing to match it.