Business Name: Resin Rascal Website: https://resinrascal.com/ Established: 2020 Questions answered by: Alyssa Andjelic
Can you please fully explain your business or product line?
Resin Rascal is a small, one-person operated business. I handcraft one-of-a-kind pieces out of epoxy resin including bookmarks, coasters, jewelry, and a variety of other items. I aspire to create wonderfully unique pieces for individuals to love and adore.
I’m happy to share that most of my pieces are part of collections that are inspired by people in my life who are near and dear to my heart. Because of this, you’ll find my pieces have a range of styles; there’s something for everyone to love!
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?
Resin Rascal gives back to the Mental Health community in Manitoba. I am a huge mental health advocate and serious about stopping the stigma surrounding mental illness. All changes start somewhere small and I wanted to do my part to help out those living with mental illness in our community.
When you buy one of my pieces, $1 from every sale goes towards local mental health resources. After saving up monthly revenue, I speak directly with local organizations to make the best-informed decisions about where to donate to. Every little bit counts.
What inspired you to start your business?
As a Registered Psychiatric Nurse currently working full-time in an Acute Psychiatric Ward in Manitoba, I have always been aware of the importance of self-care and maintaining my own mental health. I actively worked to set limits within my personal life in order to ensure my own well-being and made this a priority.
I found my ability to cope started to dissipate with increasing stress and anxiety secondary to all the work-related changes from the pandemic and knew I needed to do something different. I had stumbled across some resin YouTube tutorials the year prior and had actually purchased a kit back then, but never opened it.
I also live with seasonal affective disorder and had further concerns about how no daylight during a lockdown would affect my mood. So naturally, I decided it was the perfect time to try out a new hobby. I swoon for resin art.
What was the biggest struggle you’ve had to overcome?
Getting the proper personal protective equipment. The cute Pinterest photos or YouTube videos don’t show you that all these resin makers are wearing full 3M masks with organic filter cartridges, surgical gloves, goggles, and clothing protectors. You have to suit up to the nines. I was lucky enough to have another local maker (thank you, Resin Bee!) reach out to me and tell me about all the health-related concerns with working with resin and shared the specific PPE she recommended.
I later developed a strange reaction to my eyes bilaterally, but it only affected one eye at a time. It would occur the following day after working with resin when one of my eyes would become irritated, reddened, and so agitated that it actually impaired my vision for the day. I never quite found out the cause but can assume it was a sort of allergic reaction. I’ve been wearing goggles ever since and luckily, it has not continued.
What has been your biggest success as a maker?
One of the greatest feelings is the joy you experience when someone else sincerely loves something you created. Life is absolutely wild and I cannot find the right words to accurately describe how incredible it is to be able to create something beautiful from a somber place.
Also, the support from our local community has been incredibly sweet. It’s so uplifting to receive lovely comments from strangers complimenting your work or expressing their desire to have you create something for them.
Do you have any advice that you would pass on to someone hoping to start up their own business or product line?
One of the most important things for a small business owner is to not get discouraged by comparing yourself to other small businesses. There are so many people in this world and plenty of people in your own community that will love what you’re doing! Comparison is never constructive, don’t waste your energy on that. Do what you love and what makes you happy, the support will come!
Please share any upcoming events as well as the best place(s) for people to purchase your product!
Check out my website for everything available, including some items on sale!