Business Name: Rainbow Earth ~ Creations by Christie Dawn Website: redbubble.com/people/christiedawn/shop Established: 2020
Can you please fully explain your business or product line?
I’m an independent artist who works mainly in acrylics. My creations include canvas paintings as well as hand-painted items, everything from light switch covers, trinket boxes and coasters to tables. Basically, anything I can get my hands on. I do custom orders, commission pieces, and offer pour painting classes. For a number of years, I’ve been transferring my art onto clothing, accessories, and stationery as well as home and living products on my Redbubble shop.
With the local maker community continuing to grow, what makes you stand out from the rest?
My exuberant use of colour and my themes of love and peace. I’m a bit stuck in the ’60s, even never having lived through them. Much of my work reflects that. And I believe it’s a message that needs re-visiting and re-sharing. Especially in times like these when the spotlight is shone on so much doom and gloom. People need to be lifted up and we could all stand to spread more love and kindness.
What made you realize that you had a product that could be shared with others?
I’m not sure I can pinpoint a specific moment. I just love creating and sharing art to brighten up spaces, lift people up, spark wonder, and spread joy.
What has been your biggest success as a maker? Biggest struggle you’ve overcome?
My biggest success is probably my persistence. I keep doing what I love, even when it is difficult.
My biggest struggle is marketing and promotion. I can create all day, every day. The ideas come faster than I can make them a reality. It’s getting it all out there for the world to see, that’s the hard part.
Any advice that you would tell someone hoping to start up their own business or product line?
Just go for it! Do what you love and share it with others! Yes, it takes a lot of work but everyone deserves the chance to do what makes them happy (especially when it makes others happy too!). You’ll never know unless you try!
Please share any upcoming events (physical events, virtual sales, etc.) that you think Winnipeggers would be interested in!
Right now, my main focus is promoting my new 2021 calendar, available through my Facebook page or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It lets you display new art on your wall every month and is perfect for everyone who can’t wait for 2020 to finally end!
I also have individual designs & pieces up on my Red Bubble shop.
This year has been a hard hit on many in the arts community, and it’s so important to support local artists so they can keep doing what they love and make the world a better place by doing it.