Pied Paper Goods is a Cincinnati maker who creates beautiful handmade art. We love the sophisticated style of each unique hand-drawn piece. This week, we interviewed owner, Jenesis, to learn about her story & her craft. Meet Pied Paper Goods at our 2017 Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart on December 3rd!
Tell us about your local business.
Pied Paper Goods is my side hustle and long-term dream! All of my pieces are handmade - hand painted, hand drawn, handwritten. I love that no two pieces will ever be the same. PPG Came about after some doodling throughout school and then friends asked me to make pieces for some of their big events - weddings, cards for holidays, proposal gifts. It took off after that! My goal is to provide unique and customized art at an accessible price. I live for custom requests and pour my heart into creating heirlooms for people to cherish in their homes and on their walls.
What drew you to your craft?
My mom has the prettiest handwriting of anyone I’ve ever met. She was my first inspiration. I remember reading a blog by another artist (that I wish I could remember!!) who said that calligraphy and hand lettering is a simple way to take something that we do every day - write - and turn it into artwork. That idea of taking the ordinary and turning it into something beautiful continues to drive me.
What is your favorite thing you have ever made?
A recent favorite would have to be wedding vows that I transcribed onto a canvas. It was one of the most challenging but most rewarding pieces I’ve completed so far, and I was able to hand deliver them to the couple who were absolutely elated and emotional with the result. Such an honor to bring vows to life in this way!
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I can remember as a child wanting to be both a writer and an artist. It’s funny looking back because I actually was really bad at traditional art classes. I love doing what I do now because somehow it has bridged the two. :)
What is your creative process?
I try to create pieces using quotes or sayings that speak to where I am at any given moment. I love the color inspiration that autumn and winter provide so I’m really excited to draw inspiration from nature for upcoming pieces!
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Oh man - I’d probably tell myself to not care so much about what other people think. Growth is so necessary in every aspect of life but especially as an artist. Don’t get caught up in what others think because that will affect your art and your heart simultaneously. Be confident in who you are and learn as much as you can to shape who you are becoming.
Why is it important to support local artists & makers?
Supporting local creatives is so necessary in a world that is full of instant gratification. The craft that we provide to people is so unique from anything you could find elsewhere. Local artists always create with individuals in mind instead of a mass audience.
Why do you love doing what you do?
Art helps center me. It teaches me patience and encourages me to push myself more with each piece. I have learned to like myself because of this craft - even if I never sold a piece or if I had zero social media following, I know that I’d have to keep making art because it has become a refuge for my heart and my hands.
What advice do you have for other women who want to start their own businesses?
Take your time and don’t get caught up in the competition. All good things take time. You won’t figure it out overnight or even in a year’s time, but you will eventually figure it out; don’t rush yourself. Don’t get discouraged by comparing your story to someone else’s when you’re in two totally different books! Find people who can affirm where you are and cheer you on, wholeheartedly supporting your dreams.Community has become so important in this journey for me and I’ve met some amazing people who have encouraged me along the way.
What is your favorite thing about Exploring Ohio?
I love finding new places around our beautiful state through many of the photos and and articles you share! I’m always in awe of the beauty!
Meet Pied Paper Goods at our Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart!