Business Name: Jer Wat Prints Website: https://jerwatprints.ca Established: 2019 Questions answered by: Jeremy Wat
Can you please fully explain your business or product line?
I’m an illustrator, printmaker, and stamp maker. I design and hand carve rubber blocks to make prints that are both fun and detailed.
With the Winnipeg local maker community continuing to grow, what is the most important thing you’d like potential customers of your company to know?
Hand-carved art is something to be appreciated by seeing the texture and nuances of printmaking. Each print is thoughtfully and whimsically created for works of art to be a part of your home. I also create hand-carved, hand-stamped cards to give to someone who you think would appreciate that whimsy in their homes.
What inspired you to start your business?
I wanted to create something by hand while pairing my love of illustration and the hands-on art of carving each piece. It’s so different from my day-to-day job (Video Producer/Editor) and is a balance that I love having in my life.
What was the biggest struggle you’ve had to overcome?
The steep learning curve of carving, finding readily available materials that can be found in local shops, learning new tools, and adapting when prints don’t go your way.
What has been your biggest success as a maker?
So many successes. I’ve felt like the printmaking community all around the world has appreciated my work through social media and is willing to be part of my learning process.
Being featured in an article printed in a printmaking magazine from the UK made me feel like I had accomplished my goal of having my work in a magazine and boosted my confidence in my illustrations, carvings & prints.
Do you have any advice that you would pass on to someone hoping to start up their own business or product line?
Lean into the community. They’re a great resource for coming alongside you, especially in Winnipeg! Learn how to appreciate local resources and support them as well. You’re only going to get as big as the bubble you’re in, so reach out to makers and businesses who are both like and unlike yours. You can learn a lot from both.
Please share any upcoming events (virtual for the time being, of course) as well as the best place(s) for people to purchase your product!
Martha Street Studio is having a print exchange among its members, and often have exhibitions featuring local artists.