Business Name: Tugging At Your Artstrings Website: www.tuggingatyourartstrings.com Established: 2019 Questions answered by: Madison Dagenais
Can you please fully explain your business or product line?
Tugging At Your Artstrings is a Winnipeg-based art company specializing in custom pieces. Designs are sketched out and a template is created. On planks of pine, those designs are made in nails and are filled in with string. Lots of time and care goes into each & every piece.
You can choose from premade items or we can work together to create something that is uniquely you! Ranging from succulents and logos to animals and more! Tugging At Your Artstrings makes unique pieces for any space.
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?
There is so much thought put into each piece. It is so important that the piece reflects the person who will be displaying it in their home or business. That may mean including a favourite colour or adding a detail that refers to an inside joke to make your best friend burst out laughing when they see the piece.
What inspired you to start your business?
To be honest, I was cleaning out old art supplies from some failed projects and I decided that I wanted to try something I’d never tried before. So, I put a guitar in front of me and recreated it as best I could with some decorative thumbtacks and string on an old shelf that I had laying around. It definitely wasn’t the prettiest piece I’ve ever made, but it sparked something.
I started drawing more and before I knew it, I was creating string-art pieces not only for myself but others too! My family is quite artistic so I’ve puttered in various art forms that they’ve inspired me to try but this is the one that stuck; this is the one I fell in love with.
What was the biggest struggle you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest struggle I’ve had is that as soon as I started gaining more momentum with my business, the pandemic hit. Small businesses have suffered throughout the last couple of years and it’s unlikely that you’ll find many exceptions.
What has been your biggest success as a maker?
Honestly, I feel like my biggest successes are when I get positive feedback on my art. Whether it be that somebody loved their gift or that they approach me to create another piece, it feels incredibly rewarding.
As simple as it is, when I can make a piece for someone that they want to hang up in their home, it makes me excited and thankful that I can share my art in this way.
Do you have any advice that you would pass on to someone hoping to start up their own business or product line?
I would have to say that after you establish a business or product line, remember that you are allowed to stray away from your initial idea. You can expand your concepts, products, etc. Don’t overwhelm yourself by taking on too much but don’t feel like you are stuck in one box that you will always need to fit in. It’s YOUR business. Have fun with it and explore the possibilities!
Please share any upcoming events as well as the best place(s) for people to purchase your product!
I always have items at The Locals and they’ll be some special sales coming up for the Holiday season!
I am also involved in monthly sales through groups on Facebook that you can read about on my own page.