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Little Birdie Design Studio

Rikki Teeters

Little Birdie Design Studio is a small local business in Akron, Ohio. They specialize in creating knit products by hand. We recently interviewed owner, Tori, to learn more about her company. Meet Little Birdie Design Studio on June 3, 2018 at our Summer Maker Mart!

Little Birdie Design Studio

Tell us about your local business.

Little Birdie Design Studio, located in Akron Ohio. Founded in 2009, Little Birdie Design Studio has grown from a crafting hobby into an established company that specializes in hand-knit statement pieces. Each product has been hand-knit from a custom design pattern created by owner/designer, Tori Tedesco. LBDS values the art of knitting and the process it takes to create each individual piece. Every item is handcrafted with attention to detail, giving each finished product a personalized touch. Our mission is to combine the craft of knitting with the world of fashion accessories. LBDS offers seasonal accessory collections that are both stylish and functional.

Little Birdie Design Studio

What drew you to your craft?

As a graphic designer I was looking for a creative outlet that I could do in the evenings to get my mind off of work and my eyes off of a computer screen. When I was young my mother taught me to crochet, but I had always had an interest in knitting. So I started teaching myself how to knit. From there my love for working with yarn grew!

Little Birdie Design Studio

What is your favorite thing you have ever made?

I think my favorite piece I have ever made is my new Cross Body Tote Bag. This design was a real labor of love. I spent almost a year finding the right materials, creating the design pattern and fine tuning the finished product.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was young I was in love with both Ballet and Photography. I had dreams of being in either field and being truly happy. After graduation, I attended Kent State University where I majored in Visual Communication Design and followed my dreams by minoring in Photography and Dance Performance. After college I went on to join 2 different dance companies in Cleveland and continued to follow my love for photography by picking up freelance jobs. As time went on, my body could no longer take the demands of dance world and I had to give up on a passion I had had since I was 5 years old.

Little Birdie Design Studio

What is your creative process?

The way I design each piece starts with a vision of something I would want to wear or use. From there I select a yarn that fits the style I am going for and then I start knitting the piece by trial and error. All of my pieces come from my own design (never from another artist’s pattern) and I build my pattern as the piece develops. I will work on the design until I have it just perfect and fitting the function I was looking for in the beginning.

Little Birdie Design Studio

What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

Get ready and hold on to your hat, because your life is about to head in a direction you could have never imagine! But everything is going to be ok, just trust your gut, stay true to yourself and believe in yourself.

Little Birdie Design Studio

Why is it important to support local artists & makers?

Supporting local artist and makers means you are keeping your money local and supporting your community and those in it. There is something truly special about being able to buy a product from a local business or maker, being able to meet the maker, and knowing you can trust the materials and craftsmanship that went into the product.

Little Birdie Design Studio

Why do you love doing what you do?

I love seeing people wearing and enjoying a product that I made with my own hands.

Little Birdie Design Studio

What advice do you have for other people who want to start their own businesses?

Love what you do! Believe in your product. If you do not love it, then others will not either.

Little Birdie Design Studio

What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?

I grew up in Dover Ohio, but enjoyed my youth playing in the fields of my grandparents’ dairy farm in Ragersville, Ohio. After moving to the Akron area I was afraid I would not have places to go to enjoy the outdoors and hiking. However, after meeting my husband, who grew up in the Akron area, he showed me just how much hiking and adventure we can have through the Summit Metro Parks and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. When time allows and when the weather is decent, you will find us out hiking with our pups your kayaking the Cuyahoga.

Little Birdie Design Studio

The Hand Letter Shop

Rikki Teeters

The Hand Letter Shop is a small business in Cleveland, Ohio. Owner, Vivian, creates designs by hand. We interviewed this local entrepreneur to learn more about her background & her craft. Meet The Hand Letter Shop on June 3rd, 2018 at our Ohio Explored Summer Maker Mart at Strongwater Columbus.

The Hand Letter Shop

Tell us about your business.

I’m Vivian, creator of The Hand Letter Shop. For weddings, I help brides who are wildly in love take the stress out of planning a wedding with fine art wedding paper they can trust. For home decor, I help women create a simpler, more intentional home as they tackle the chaos of “adulting.” I make everything in The Hand Letter Shop from the desk of my cozy studio in Cleveland, Ohio. After 8+ years of drawing and painting, art is my passion–I love being creative and encouraging creativity in others. My husband Caleb and I are always working on some kind of creative project together.

The Hand Letter Shop

What drew you to your craft?

I began learning calligraphy as a way to encourage the women in my life. I love how hand lettered words can be both a reminder of truth and beauty, and how pretty florals can add just a little extra joy and intention to your everyday.

The Hand Letter Shop

What is your favorite thing you have ever made?

In August of 2017, I created what has become iconic in my shop: red poppy watercolor flowers. I love the delicate petals and stems of poppy flowers, and how they can be used in so many different ways–cards, art prints, desktop wallpapers, and wedding invitations.

The Hand Letter Shop

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I’ve wanted to be many things, and I’m still trying to figure out what I really want to be when I grow up, but I do know that I’ve always wanted to be an artist, and use my creativity to build up others around me. Other dreams have been a veterinarian, an English teacher, and a graphic designer, so I’m still on the search for a job that might include all three.

The Hand Letter Shop

What is your creative process?

I use a traditional calligraphy dip-pens, watercolor, and paintbrushes. I LOVE sharing behind the scenes photos and videos of client’s orders on social media so they can watch them come to life! For florals, I first draw the design by hand with a calligraphy pen onto thick watercolor paper. Then, I add watercolor, layering it to create petal and leaf textures. I digitize my florals for printing purposes, and then print them on a high quality paper. I don’t modify my designs digitally, but prefer to draw them by hand. For calligraphy, the process is much the same, with a bit more digital formatting and correcting when necessary.

The Hand Letter Shop

What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

I would tell myself to practice enjoying the moment more and not to wish time away.

Why is it important to support local artists & makers?

When you support local artists and makers, you’re supporting a whole community of people who are actually chasing their dreams. I saw a quote once that said something along the lines of “You can choose to help someone else build their dream, or you can choose to build your own.” That idea has stuck with me. Local artists and makers are so inspiring for me to be around because they are the real deal dream builders.

The Hand Letter Shop

Why do you love doing what you do?

Creating something beautiful makes my heart happy. Creating something beautiful that also builds up another human makes my heart just overflow with joy. I love viewing my business as a way to truly serve other people and help them feel loved and known.

The Hand Letter Shop
The Hand Letter Shop

What advice do you have for other people who want to start their own businesses?

Oh boy, there’s so much. First, I would say that you can’t be everything to everyone. The most successful creative businesses do just one thing, and they do it well. You’ve got to be specific about who your “ideal” customer is and isn’t. Then, I would also say that owning a business is a LOT of work, and usually doesn’t make a lot of money right away, so don’t get discouraged. It is so, so important to join a community of other makers that you can encourage, ask questions and who will be able to encourage you.

The Hand Letter Shop

What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?

One of my absolute favorite things to do anywhere, anytime, is go to a cute little coffee shop and walk around little downtown streets. I love how Ohio has so many gems like that.

The Hand Letter Shop