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Women Who Inspire: Bon Horn


Bon and I have been in similar circles for a while. I always wondered who that gorgeous woman was with the infectious laugh and pretty red lipstick on at our kids' school dropoff each morning. She reached out to borrow some clothing for a photoshoot a while back and around the same time opened what I think is one of the most beautiful stores in Philadelphia (if not the East Coast!). We got to know each other a little better recently and I want to share with you her inspiring approach to self-care, beauty and wellness.

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Meet the Team: Fall Favorites


Fall is a favorite season of ours here at Printfresh, and with all our astrology and occult-inspired products, it should come as no surprise that we *love* Halloween. In our latest iteration of our Meet the Team blog series, we’re sharing our favorite fall activities, Halloween candy, and more.

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Meet our Makers Series - Interview with Amy Small of Knit Collage

Meet our Makers Series - Interview with Amy Small of Knit Collage

              I am so excited to share our next installment of our meet the makers series.  Our friendship goes back to 2003 when we were both just starting out in the fashion industry and both working at Free People.  Amy founded her yarn company, Knit Collage in 2010 but had been designing sweaters and hand spinning yarn for as long as I've known her.  We are excited to have her product as a wrapping accessory on our site.  Amy, is an inspiring entrepreneur and I am so thrilled to share her story and insights with you!

 

What made you start making yarn?

I love all the possibilities a ball of yarn holds. You can knit it in thousands of different stitches, weave it or crochet it.  The possibilities are infinite, that’s what made me fall in love with yarn design.

How is your industry evolving?

Not surprisingly, everything is going online. The shops that have a better social media presence and beautiful aesthetic seem to be the ones getting ahead.

One thing I realize now that I wish I’d known when I was starting out is…

What got me here won’t get me there…or in other words, I need to learn a lot more than what I already know to take my business where I want to.

Are there any resources you’ve utilized that have helped you creatively or with your business?

I am constantly on Ravelry, Pinterest and my favorite blogs getting creative inspiration. For my business, I devour podcasts and audiobooks. I love the Fizzle business podcast, great advice and I keel over laughing during most episodes.

My favorite way to unwind is...

During the week, it’s definitely knitting and Netflix, on the weekends dinner with friends and margaritas!

As a busy mother of 2, how do you make it all work?

The struggle is real! I wake up really early (at 5am) to do work before the kids wake up. I also time block out my day to make sure I’m not jumping from one thing to the next continually. This helps me batch all similar work together. I also try to recap at the end of the week to see what worked and what didn’t to hopefully learn from it.

Favorite quote?

Ok I have two:

-Elizabeth Gilbert: Failure has a function, it asks you if you really want to go on making things.

-Brene Brown: Be willing to let go of who you think you should be to be who you are.

Favorite color?

Blue always and forever

I deal with discouragement by....

Going for a run, moving my body always helps me think differently.

What drives you?

I feel so grateful to get to build a business that I am passionate and excited to be a part of day after day. I want to build a community of makers around my work where people are encouraged to share and be their wonderful weird selves always.

What's next for you?

So many things I hope! Right now it’s focusing on my online business and growing the knit collage community.

 

  

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Meet our Makers Series - Interview with Ceramicist, Suzanne Maruska Kaplan

Meet our Makers Series - Interview with Ceramicist, Suzanne Maruska Kaplan


Suzanne is the first of our makers to be featured in our Maker’s Series. I recently stumbled upon her work at the Art Star Craft Bazaar, and loved her unusual textures and quirky imagery.


What made you start making ceramics?

I started making ceramics in my freshman year of high school. I went to a public school in a pretty rural area that happened to have a really knowledgeable, super talented ceramics teacher. I don't think I would have gotten into art school without her help and encouragement (Thanks Mrs. P!). I was the kid who skipped lunch to stay an extra 45 minutes in the classroom and brought huge pieces on the school bus to work on at home. I was drawn to clay right away and I still feel most comfortable working with three dimensional materials

How is your industry evolving?

I'm fortunate that ceramics are very popular right now. Handmade ceramics are super trendy and while that means more competition to get my own work seen, the demand is enough that I'm easily able to find ways to sell my work successfully.

One thing I realize now that I wish I’d known when I was starting out is…

That ceramics is the medium I would always be passionate about. When I first started art school I was an undecided major and when it came down to choosing between ceramics and fibers (textile arts) I chose fibers. After graduating and realizing my enthusiasm for the textile industry wasn't as strong as it used to be, I decided to see if switching back to my old material of choice would help me get motivated to make things again. After struggling for a few months, it did.

Are there any resources you’ve utilized that have helped you creatively or with your business?

I was working a job at a little museum that was making me miserable so for the first time in my life I made a big decision to quit that job without having another one lined up. While I was funemployed I started interning at The Clay Studio here in Philadelphia which gave me a place to work and to have my pieces fired. I eventually moved up to their more intensive work exchange program and also got myself a job working at The Ceramic Shop also in Philly. I get my work fired there now and have access to all the materials and supplies I could ever want/need. I'm more fortunate than most but I've also worked super hard and made a lot of sacrifices to get to this point. Ceramics has taken over my life.

How do you glean inspiration for your work?

I mostly hand build so I tend to gravitate toward other hand built work. I have been interested in Pueblo pottery for a while now and I recently started looking at pre-historic Korean pottery and ancient fertility goddesses for inspiration. I'm working towards moving away from functional objects a little bit and experimenting with more sculptural work.

My favorite way to unwind is...

Honestly a consistent yoga practice has done me the most good as far as stress management goes. I haven't been consistent in a while but I'm working on getting more diligent with it again. I also enjoy jogging along the river and hanging out with my dog, Lazer.

Favorite color?

Black

I deal with discouragement by....

Letting myself be sad for a little bit but also remembering that life isn't fair and most of my problems really aren't that terrible.

What drives you?

My drive comes from an intense desire to always be productive and have something I'm proud of to show for it. Having a consistent studio practice was always a dream of mine but a combination of laziness and fear of failure kept me from even trying to start one. So I force myself to sign up for craft shows even though I kind of hate them. I push myself to make work when I'm not feeling a shred of motivation and all I want to do is watch TV under a blanket all day. I'm also lucky enough to be married to a wonderful man who pushes me both gently and not so gently towards success. His help and support have meant everything to me and I don't know where I would be without him.

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