Can you please fully explain your business or product line?
I take the raw industrial look of concrete, embrace the imperfection, and add a metallic flare to make simple yet unique home décor.
With the local maker community continuing to grow, what makes you stand out from the rest?
I feel that concrete in itself stands out from the rest. It is not something you typically see as décor in someone’s home. Concrete originally was not made for home décor; it was made for sidewalks/ driveways etc. It was not made to be beautiful, but embracing that industrial look and shedding new light on it shows how beautiful it can be.
What made you realize that you had a product that could be shared with others?
I started working with concrete because I LOVE plants and I found it hard to find the perfect pot for each plant, at a reasonable price. So, one day I thought why not make my own? I made up a mold, purchased some concrete, and instantly fell in love with the results. I just wanted to share it with everyone!
What has been your biggest success as a maker? Biggest struggle you’ve overcome?
I think right now my biggest success as a maker is just seeing other people love my products. I started because I love crafts and I love to share them with
others, so if I can make products that people love to display in their home, I call that a success.
Since I have not been open exceptionally long, there have not been any major challenges to overcome. Mostly my challenge was to make my products of the highest quality. I take a lot of pride in my work and I want people to see that. So, it took a lot of time and may have caused some frustration in finding the strongest concrete, the proper paint and learning the proper process on how to make it and how to make it last. It took a lot of trial and error, and unfortunately a lot of pieces that ended up in the garbage until I found the right products to make the highest quality piece.
Any advice that you would tell someone hoping to start up their own business or product line?
Positivity and persistence are key! Making products takes A LOT of time and research and at times, some frustrations! I can guarantee not a single maker made their products perfectly from the start. Every one of them messed up, wasted products, had to throw things away, and at some point, wanted to give up on the whole thing. So if you ever feel that way, remember you aren’t the only one, if you stay positive and remind yourself it takes trial and error, but if you keep working at it, you will make the perfect piece and you’ll be so excited to share it with others! Once you get that support and positive feedback, it all becomes worth it!
Please share any upcoming events (physical events, virtual sales, etc.) that you think Winnipeggers would be interested in!
The Local Entrepreneurs of Winnipeg will be hosting a market at the Outlet Mall, which will be full of local makers starting November 13th to December 24th! I’ll be sharing a booth, along with my sister from Knot Knot Macrame on November 27th (Black Friday) 28th, 29th and December 19th.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: The market at the Outlet Mall has been cancelled since the submission of this local maker. Follow their instagram for information on where and how you can connect with them.]