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Andra Bogdan Art

Rikki Teeters

Andra Bogdan is a talented artist from Columbus, Ohio. She brings nature into her work to connect humans to the outdoors. We love her naturally inspired pieces. Meet Andra Bogdan Art at our 2018 Autumn Maker Mart at 21c Museum Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 7, 2018!

Andra Bogdan Art

Tell us about your local business.

Andra Bogdan Art is an ongoing collection of fun and captivating botanical & wildlife artwork created with love in Columbus, Ohio. I’d like for people to view my illustrations and paintings as gentle reminders that nature deserves to be observed and appreciated for what it is, the most powerful source of positive energy available on our planet. Nature is infinitely beautiful in its entirety, but even more awe-inspiring are the minuscule details and patterns that exist within. As often as we disassociate from the wonders of the outdoors by locking into our daily technologically driven routines, it is crucial to re-connect with the flora and fauna that sustain us. My artwork is a simple nod of gratitude towards nature and perhaps a small window of environmental delight on a kind stranger’s living room wall.

Andra Bogdan Art

What drew you to your craft?

I’ve drawn and painted an array of subject matters over the years, but nothing has inspired me more than the anatomy of leaves. From there, I branched out (☺) to illustrating more diverse plants and animals, often depicting them in a bold stylized manner as if to say “hey, we are important!”. We are stuck in an ongoing battle with climate change and large-scale disasters that have permanently scarred our Earth, so what better time than now to raise awareness and help protect our communal home?

Andra Bogdan Art

What is your favorite thing you have ever made?

I think that my craft naturally becomes better with time and practice, so every new project seems to be a favorite. So far, I most enjoyed working on a commissioned triptych of lush Mostera Deliciosa leaves and palm fronds for two clients who had recently purchased a condo. The process of creating a tropical oasis in their brand new living room was particularly enjoyable and refreshing.

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

For a very short while during my childhood I was stuck between wanting to be an astronaut and a fashion designer (space haute couture, anyone?). I chose the latter and eventually strutted through the fashion design program at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, graduating with a Bachelor Degree. My day job consists of overseeing the technical production of garments for a major clothing retailer, so I think that I’ve achieved a version of the goal that my 3-year old heart set out to accomplish. However, I choose to continue pursuing fine art for being such a therapeutic and steadfast medium of conveying a story.

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What is your creative process?

My process begins with a clutter of ideas and often ends with a clutter of unfinished pieces. I think where the process gets exciting is when I stick to a subject and relentlessly see it through its completion stage. It might look something like this: find a pretty leaf, study its colors and patterns, try to replicate its beauty, then fail. So I start again and instead of mimicking exactly what nature has to offer, render my own version that includes wacky hypnotic line-work that is color blocked with super pigmented watercolors. We’ve got something going here. I may choose to build a scene by adding other features, or I may allow my subject to take center stage on a blank background. Art school teaches you to never leave a subject floating in space, but a focal point is a focal point. This process could take days, weeks, or even months depending on my level of motivation, which is why I have to have multiple projects going at once to keep me inspired.

Andra Bogdan Art

What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

Build demand before building inventory; don’t be hasty when it comes to reproducing artwork for the sake of having large quantities on hand. Figuring out just exactly how much product to have ready for shows has been a tricky balancing act, but I’m realizing that people are less likely to purchase art on the spot and more likely to order later or request custom pieces. Just because I’m proud of a piece that I created and think that it’s the most wonderful thing in the world, doesn’t mean that it is automatically suited for somebody else’s personal space. At the end of the day, if you’re going to turn your passion into a business, you need to give the people what they want.

Andra Bogdan Art

Why is it important to support local artists & makers?

For one thing, it builds a strong sense of community and helps people connect on so many creative levels. It’s nice to get to know people who can paint, make, sew, or build you something from scratch within your home city or state. On the other hand, if people didn’t support local artists and makers, then we wouldn’t have such a consistent roster of craft fairs and shows. These events are entertaining at the least and educational at most. I think that it is very important to emphasize creativity within a community as much as we emphasize academics and sports. Art can play a major role in stimulating our minds and helping us view the world with eyes wide open. Art has the power to teach about history, cultures, religion, people, nature, geography, and human emotion to name just a few.

Andra Bogdan Art

Why do you love doing what you do?

I love seeing people’s reactions to my work. It brings me joy to see someone smile or think about a story that I’ve created. Art helps me start conversations and find something in common with people that I do not know. Furthermore, drawing and painting has always been sort of an inexpensive form of therapy for me. The soothing process of creating pulls me from my everyday busy routine into a world where anything is possible.

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

First and foremost, I would remind people to be flexible and resilient. Owning a business can be overwhelming and stressful at times, but it is also incredibly empowering, thrilling, and rewarding at the end of the day. Then, proceed to accept all the help that you can get- as much as you might want to convince yourself that you’re good at everything, there are infinite opportunities to learn. Use your resources, network, gather feedback and opinions, and keep an open mind. A business should be fluid and ever changing, because people and their demands are also constantly changing.

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What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?

Aside from having such varied geography, Ohio is host to exquisite biodiversity. The best part is all of it being extremely accessible; I can quite literally explore any part of Ohio on any given day with a few hours to spare. It is also home to so many positive and forward-thinking people that have collectively made Ohio one of the most progressive, creative, and welcoming states that I have personally experienced.

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Dericole Designs

Rikki Teeters

Dericole Designs is a small jewelry business located in Columbus, Ohio. Owner, Nicole Derifield, hand-stamps jewelry and creates her own designs. We interviewed this local entrepreneur to learn more about her journey. Meet Dericole Designs at our Summer Maker Mart on June 3!

Tell us about your local business.

Dericole Designs. Columbus, OH I worked for many years at a small local bead store called Byzantium. I learned a lot there and met life long friends, but most of my skills are self taught or learned thru classes at the Cultural Arts Center. I strive to create everyday jewelry pieces that inspire and bring joy to your life.

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What drew you to your craft?

When I was about 12 years old my Dad took me to this small bakery / restaurant that was located next to the North Market (it no longer exists). In the back corner they had a very small area with loose beads for sale. Every so often we would stop in there and I would make a bee line straight for the beads, picking out what I could afford with the few dollars I had from doing odd chores.

I had really long hair then and so did my dad kinda (hahaha). Our favorite show at the time was Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and the love interest (Sully) had a small area of his hair braided with beads on the end. Well, my dad and I both started braiding a small section of our hair and adding beads to the end. This is my earliest memory of my budding interest in all things jewelry. About 12 years ago one of my best friends asked me to take a class in metal-smithing with her at the Cultural Arts Center. It sounded fun, so I agreed. I had no real idea what we would be doing, but once I got there and started working thru some of the projects I was hooked. I still pay for class time there; every week for 3 hours I go in and work on whatever I’m moved to create. It’s a really amazing environment being surrounded by so many focused talented individuals all at once.

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What is your favorite thing you have ever made?

To date, my most favorite completed piece is my husbands wedding band. I put about 15 hours of work into it. He is a mechanic and has very large hands, his ring finger is a size 13; making his ring almost the same diameter as a quarter. It started as a thick piece of metal that I had to roll down to the right thickness, cut to the right length, texture, form and stamp with our wedding date. We just got married in September of 2017 in California. The day after our wedding we drove to a near by lake where we went swimming and my husbands ring slipped off his hand. we spent about 45 mins in the water looking for it and after a prayer sent up to my recently departed grandmother I actually found the ring! It was a crazy moment, all of the people on the beach started cheering. So needless to say that ring has a very special place in my heart.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

My mom kept a book of me every year I was in school, and every year the “what I want to be when I grow up” category changed. I think that says a lot about me. I’ve worn a lot of hats in my time on this earth. I think I am just genuinely curious about everything. I love learning. But some of the more memorable “what I want to be’s” were Dental Hygienist (I was and still am fascinated by teeth), Art Teacher, and actress (my mom was convinced I would end up on broadway citing my extreme flare for drama as a child, hahahaha)

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What is your creative process?

My creative process really varies. Jewelry making is really cathartic for me. Especially with the direction I am taking my jewelry now, I really try to wait and see what comes to me. I believe if you are patient the answers always present themselves and I really think that transitions into jewelry making as well. I am working a lot more with stones and settings in sterling silver now and the process is much more tedious, its not as much instant gratification and its taking me a lot longer to build up my back stock. But the process is so rewarding, taking my time, letting a stone speak to you, trying new techniques and creating something beautiful and unique that didn’t exist before is something that will always bring me joy.

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What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

DON’T STOP! I took a major break from all jewelry making in my mid twenties, there was a lot going on in my personal life and I really let it affect the things that had always brought me joy and solice. I beat myself up a lot thinking where I would be if I hadn’t taken that step back. But I try to remind myself everything happens for a reason.

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Why is it important to support local artists & makers?

Aside from the obvious reasons of how much small business supports local communities and economies, if you stop and look around you, most of the businesses you are coming in contact with are small businesses. The pizza place is independent or franchise someone sunk their life savings into, your insurance agent may be an independent rep working for themselves, your hair stylist (which some of you may know is my full time gig where I am also self employed) the ice cream shop, the local bar, the list goes on. So much of our communities depend on these small bushiness, regular people like you and me who had a dream big enough that we couldn’t stop until we made it happen. What so many people don’t see is how much hard work, blood, sweat, tears (lots of tears) and money goes into owning and running a small businesses. Many of us have started out with just a few extra dollars we had and decided to take a chance. There are so many sleepless nights, endless cups of coffee and never ending passion that gets poured into everything we do and that is something I always want to support.

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Why do you love doing what you do?

I really love what I do because of my customers. It sounds so cheesy, but let me break it down for you. We all only have so much extra money that we can spend on the non-essentials. I am by no means balling out and I know the challenges of living on a budget. So when one of you beautiful souls comes up to my booth at a show, or places an order thru my Etsy shop or contacts me with a custom order I am literally blown away. The fact that you love something I made with my own two hands enough to fork over your hard earned cash is so humbling to me. I appreciate every single sale on this level and I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the support of my customers. I think all makers feel this way, because I think secretly we are all a little insecure every time we put something that we poured our hearts into out in the world.

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

DO IT!!! DO IT RIGHT NOW! Put yourself out there. Find local artists that you are inspired by and reach out to them. Ask ALL the dumb questions, because I can assure you I have. There is an amazing thing happening in our society right now, especially in the maker community, no longer are we holding our secrets under lock and key. We are holding classes and seminars and doing online tutorials. We are meeting up to network. Its such a beautiful thing to see. I truly believe there is room for all of us. The older I get the more I loose my fear of failing. I would rather try than wonder my whole life what could have been.

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What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?

One of the things I love most about Columbus specifically is that I can drive 30 minutes in any direction and be in the country. The topography changes so quickly once you are out of the city. My mother moved to California when I was 18 and she didn’t come back for 10 years. On her first visit back I drove her down to Hocking Hills, we spent the day exploring, stopping at every little place that peaked our interest. On the way home she thanked me for taking her down there and said she had forgotten how truly beautiful Ohio is. So many people think Ohio is this no where state with nothing to offer, But the magical thing about Ohio is that there are surprises waiting for you in every small town and around every bend on a winding road. The beauty of this state takes my breath away.

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Coral Marie

Rikki Teeters

Coral Marie is a small business in Athens County, Ohio. Owner, Coral Wedel, makes high quality "slow fashion" goods by hand, which are the opposite of mass produced products. If you are looking for unique fashion pieces that fit your lifestyle and make a positive impact on the environment, Coral Marie's products are perfect for you. We interviewed this awesome local entrepreneur to learn more about her craft. Meet Coral Marie at our Summer Maker Mart on June 3!

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Tell us about your local business.

Coral Marie is sustainable slow fashion imbued with minimalist beauty for the practical modern woman. Offering timeless options for every season. Designed & responsibly handcrafted in small batches in my solar powered studio. Founded in 2011 on the belief in the importance of what we wear, because it affects the way we feel and there is such power in feeling. You can shop online at www.coralmarie.com or visit my studio shop in Athens County.

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What drew you to your craft?

The transformation of self through body adornment has always peeked my interest. I have such fond memories of making costumes together with my Mother as a little girl. She continues to play an important role in inspiring me to cultivate my own passions and follow my dreams. It was my education at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, that really opened my eyes to the possibilities of fashion, art and the body.

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What is your favorite thing you have ever made?

Looking back at my body of work as a whole gives me the opportunity to view my own progression of ideas. I tend to see each piece as a part of the whole picture that I am painting over time. I especially enjoy when I can take my time to invest in the process with precision. Some of those special pieces have been custom wedding gowns and my sculptural art garments.

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

I spent a considerable amount of time re-arranging the furniture and imagining myself as an interior decorator. I still love doing my own interior spaces because I enjoy utilizing my design skills in many areas of my life.

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What is your creative process?

I often begin with fabric and move into flat pattern drafting to develop the shapes I want to work with in a collection. As I work through sketching and the sampling process the design concept takes fuller shape as it coalesces into a moment. I often don’t name my collections until they are complete because that is when I really discover where it all is taking me. It is a journey each time. I am constantly inspired by my surroundings such as color, texture, concept, or just the feeling in the air.

Coral Marie

What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

Trust yourself. Stay the course and keep true to your vision even when it seems beyond reach.

Coral Marie

Why is it important to support local artists & makers?

Supporting local artists & makers is an important part of creating a resilient local economy. When we buy something made locally we are keeping our environmental impact low while also keeping money in our local region. Supporting creativity helps to enrich the world and when you do that in your own region you are directly giving back to your own community.

Coral Marie

Why do you love doing what you do?

I love being a designer because it challenges me creatively and offers me the perfect outlet for the expression of my point of view. My mission is to balance aesthetics and function in order to create strong design and to then craft it responsibly. Additionally, developing meaningful relationships and supporting community through my work are an important baseline for what I do. Being in the position to do work I love that also supports community is a dream come true.

Coral Marie

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

Let go of the fear and go for it! Hard work and a unique vision can take you a long way. Develop a strong support system and draw on it as you go.

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What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?

Ohio is where my heart belongs. It will always feel like home to me. Every season has its beauty and because I love being outdoors, exploring new places to hike with my family is a favorite of mine.

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Double Clutched

Rikki Teeters

Double Clutched is a small business based out of Columbus. Owner, Cheryl Williams, creates unique bags and accessories by hand. We interviewed this amazing local entrepreneur to learn more about her Ohio-made business. Meet Double Clutched on June 3, 2018 at our Summer Maker Mart in Columbus, Ohio!

Double Clutched

Tell us about your Ohio-made business.

Double Clutched is owned by Cheryl Williams and was started in 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. You’ll find uniquely crafted and inspiring functional handcrafted clutches, wallets, and handbags from Double Clutched. In 2017, Double Clutched expanded to the Double Clutched Mobile Shop, which is a 6x12 trailer turned lifestyle goods and accessories shop. Each vendor inside the mobile shop is a women owned business and the items are handcrafted and from all over the United States.

Double Clutched

What drew you to your craft?

Both my mother and brother sew. They are gifted with the craft of sewing clothing. Myself, not so much. I sew clothes for myself but that’s were I know my limitations. 😊 However handbags can be created to be so bold yet also functional. Everyone doesn’t necessarily want the same styled tote or crossbody bag. They may want something only a few people can get and something that compliments what they already wear and feel comfortable in.

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What is your favorite thing you have ever made?

Last winter I started making a new design for my fold over clutches. They are so functional having a back pocket along with a snap closure but are still compact. I’ll start adding adjustable straps to them soon, to be used as a crossbody bag.

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

An astronaut. I will still go to space given the chance. In April I got to see the Endeavor Space Shuttle in person and it was so amazing to experience.

Double Clutched

What is your creative process?

Designs have to make sense to me. A nice looking bag or wallet is nothing if you can’t fit anything in it or only use it to look good. It needs to be functional AND look good. I only pick designs based on that. Fabrics have to unique, likeable, and something that looks nice on a variety of designs. Those two together is what inspires me to create my bags.

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What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

It’s ok to find a job you love and be an entrepreneur. You can have both and be successful. Balance is key and time management will be extremely important. Also, it’s okay to ask for help.

Double Clutched

Why is it important to support local artists & makers?

It’s important to support local artists & makers because they are your friends, your neighbors, your family, your colleagues, your teachers, your waiter, etc. They are what makes something local. Local creates a city’s identity and uniqueness.

Double Clutched

Why do you love doing what you do?

Sewing is a creative outlet for me. No two bags are alike. There’s so much variation and that keeps it motivating and exciting. The mobile shop allows me to further support small businesses and bring a uniqueness to local shoppers.

Double Clutched

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

Find a network. Whether it’s Facebook groups, Meet Ups, conferences, craft show buddies, doesn’t matter. Makers can always learn from each other, near and far.

Double Clutched

What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?

It’s always growing and bringing in new people to add to the city’s local scene, uniqueness and diversity.

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sarahthehout: creative endeavors

Rikki Teeters

Sarah DeAngulo Hout is an artist in Columbus, Ohio. She creates illustrations, art and large scale murals through her small business "sarahthehout: creative endeavors". We interviewed Sarah to learn more about her background and her craft. Meet sarahthehout: creative endeavors at our Summer Maker Mart on June 3, 2018! 

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Tell us about your local business.

I am Sarah DeAngulo Hout and my freelance biz is “sarahthehout: creative endeavors.” My main gig is mural painting and random commission work, but sometimes I create smaller works so that I can indulge in an artist market here and there. I also have a side hustle I started a year ago called BrightEyes Prints & Fundraising. I grew up in the village of West Milton, Ohio, but I have called Columbus, Ohio home now for about 14 years. My overall mission is to create artwork that bears divine weight – images that move the heart, but engage the mind as well.

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What drew you to your craft?

Creating has always been natural and exhilarating for me. However, if it weren’t for my high school art teacher, Mrs. Tryon, I don’t think I would have ever decided to focus on art as my career. She encouraged me to pursue a degree at the Columbus College of Art & Design… And giving in to her loving prod was honestly one of the best decisions of my life. While at CCAD, I chose to make Illustration my focus – I loved the diversity of each assignment, and that is why I love what I do now. Though I rarely create classically termed “illustration” work these days, each job is totally different than the last… Each gig has unique challenges and subject matter, and I find that fantastically fulfilling.

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What is your favorite thing you have ever made?

Oh man, that’s a tough one! I pour my heart into every mural and work of art that I create, and even though there are pieces that I created 10 years ago that I desperately want to alter because I’ve grown leaps and bounds since then, I still have such a deep affection for those older works. Each painting is one of my children, haha… They’re all my favorites. ;)

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

If you asked me when I was 9, I would have said a “teacher.” But that’s because I didn’t know I could actually be an artist! In my small town, the only artists I knew growing up were the lady who did rad outdoor senior photos and the crazy guy who created giraffe sculptures with a chainsaw out of wood. I never knew I that being an artist was actually a career option!

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What is your creative process?

Since I create a lot of custom commission work, I often go to the space where the piece is going to be viewed. Then I ask about the overall vision of the client (if any) and feel it out. I ask myself questions like, “What colors will accent the work’s future home and make it sing? What ideas can I communicate visually that bridge the gap between the artwork and the space?) I marinate in all of the elements, and I do my best to not rush the inspiration process. I try to push past my initial ideas, because you never know what juicy ones are laying a little deeper, waiting to be unearthed.

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What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

Take more risks. Don’t be afraid to look like a fool. Get to know the artists who are shaking up the city, and put yourself in positions where you can chat with the affluent business owners and make more connections. Stop worrying about how you’re going to pay the bills, and just keep moving forward. Don’t let a seeming lack of resources make you stagnant – they will come as long as you put one foot in front of the other.

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Why is it important to support local artists & makers?

Why wouldn’t you?! Why buy commercial when you have the option to buy local? Invest in your community. Artist and makers are front line pioneers who work hard to create unique, personal works, pushing the envelope and saying no to fear. They’re the right kind of risk takers and they represent the character of the community.

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

Just go for it. Don’t despise small beginnings, and just start taking those baby steps. Stop making excuses and waiting for the right moment. Doors of opportunity don’t usually open unless you’re moving forward.

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What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?

Surprises are one of my ultimate love languages, and I’m constantly amazed & surprised at how beautiful our state is! I love that we have so many different types of landscapes… from wide open fields that roll for miles, to gorgeous wooded trails, lazy lakes and sprawling northern coast lines… what’s not to love!?

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Behind the Scenes with mrly

Rikki Teeters

mrly was founded in December 2016 by Kyoko Seki and Trevor Potulski. After spending a combined nineteen years in fashion retail at Abercrombie & Fitch, they each decided it was time for a new adventure. mrly is now a thriving local brand that makes simply comfortable clothing for children. Last year, we interviewed mrly to learn more about their new business. Now, they are taking us behind the scenes to see how their high quality goods are brought to live. Meet mrly on June 3 at our Summer Maker Mart in Columbus, Ohio!

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The most important thing that we learned in our professional careers in corporate retail is that product is king. Nothing matters if the customer doesn’t like your product, it’s as simple as that. This perspective is so deeply rooted in our mindset and an obsessive focus on the product is what drives us every single day.

Creating new product is easily our favorite part of the job—we are constantly tinkering with the details until it’s perfect. After all, as they say in retail, change is the only constant!

All of our items start as an idea formed from creative brainstorm sessions.

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The idea is then translated to a hand drawn sketch by Kyoko.

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Once we sign off on the sketch, we like to pick out colors to really bring the product to life.

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With the color palette finalized, it’s time to create a paper pattern (the template used to cut out the fabric pieces) and a tech pack that includes all of the instructions on how to sew and construct the garment.

If everything turns out the way that we intend, we have a good-looking prototype that is ready to be reviewed on different bodies to ensure that it fits well.

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After the fit has been reviewed and perfected for all sizes, we are able to begin bulk production. We’ll use past selling info as well as our gut to decide how many to make by color and size.

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Now that we have all the inventory, it’s time to start selling! You can find our product online at www.mrlybrand.com or all across Ohio at different markets, fleas and pop-ups.

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And don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @mrlybrand-- seeing your pics makes us so happy!

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Deep Valley Crafts

Rikki Teeters

Deep Valley Crafts creates hand embroidered pieces & accessories in Dublin, Ohio. We have several of their patches and we love them! Owner, Brittni Tiefenthal, was kind enough to allow us to interview her for our Ohio Made blog! Meet Deep Valley Crafts at our Summer Maker Mart on June 3, 2018!  

Deep Valley Crafts

Tell us about your local business.

My name is Brittni and I make hand embroidered accessories out of Dublin, Ohio. The name of my business actually comes from my own last name – Tiefenthal means “Deep Valley” in German. I began this business simply as a way to direct my creative energy, but I’ve found that it’s morphing into my way of helping people (and myself) display who they are and what they’re proud of. Personal identity is a crazy important thing to be aware of and celebrate, and I think pinning what you’re about to your jacket makes it easier to love and accept yourself.

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What drew you to your craft?

I’ve always been attracted to fiber art of all sorts – I’ve tried crochet, knitting, macramé, needle felting, sewing, and more. I still love those creative outlets, but once I landed on embroidery I knew that it was the craft I would stick with. It combines aspects of many other mediums which keeps things interesting, and the process is very therapeutic and meditative for me. Embroidery is making a comeback in some cheeky and unexpected ways, and I absolutely love pushing what people expect to see when I say “I’m an embroidery artist”. I also love that embroidery is a relatively inexpensive hobby to pick up and try, and I encourage anyone out there to grab a needle!

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What is your favorite thing you have ever made?

This is a tricky question for me because I typically enjoy the creative process much more than the actual finished product. The pieces I like the most are the ones where a tough decision or new technique really pays off. I’m quite proud of my honeybee hoop, which was one of the first projects I tried incorporating watercolor into. I also love how my first attempt at thread-painting, a little framed pansy I made for a coworker, turned out. I really live for the moments when I nail a custom order and my client is excited about it!

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Deep Valley Crafts made the patches for this beautiful wedding dress!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was in High School I was sure I wanted to be an English teacher and author. Then I was sure I wanted to be a curator in a museum, and started taking Art History courses at OSU. I decided that I wasn’t dedicated enough to that field and switched to an English major, and graduated with Art History and Professional Writing as minors. Now 3 years out of college, I’m working in an unrelated field while running my own small business and freelance writing on the side. I guess what I’m saying is that I’m still not sure what I want to be when I grow up! My goal now is to be able to look back and be proud of what I’ve accomplished so far rather than stress about choosing my “calling” before I’ve tried everything else.

Deep Valley Crafts

What is your creative process?

I am greatly inspired by my contemporaries regarding both the creative and the business aspects of selling my own work. I follow embroidery artists, enamel pin makers, textile artists, photographers, digital artists, small business owners, Etsy sellers, and more across various social media platforms, and I am constantly delighted by the innovations and trends I see. I think a sense of community is extremely important for handmade and creative businesses, and seeing other textile artists come together and support each other along with social and political causes is incredibly motivational.

In terms of my personal creativity, nailing down a concept I’m really excited about is one of the hardest parts of my embroidery. The second most challenging aspect for me is color choice. I think it’s about time I learn some color theory! Once that’s all decided though, the rest is usually smooth sailing. I enjoy the methodical and meditative stitching process and love to see things come together.

Deep Valley Crafts

What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

It’s taken me a very long time to stop apologizing for who I’m not and be confident in who I am. Negative thinking is a hard rut to get out of and I still find myself doubting my self-worth and convictions, even while writing this little paragraph! I would tell myself to start breaking these negative habits and start celebrating the things about myself that I was proud of much sooner.

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Why is it important to support local artists & makers?

Honestly? It’s in everyone’s best interest! You get to support a unique and diverse local economy which is amazing, yes. But in less grand-scheme terms, you get to relate to the person or group who made your local item in a way you can’t to an Amazon Prime box. Local makers are influenced by and create for their environment, meaning that your products are catered specifically to someone just like you. That sense of community and uniqueness is something I really love and appreciate.

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Why do you love doing what you do?

My love of selling my own embroidery is twofold. The first reason is because I get to continuously make things without cluttering up my house or over-gifting to my family! The second is due to the reactions of the people who receive my work. Enthusiastic feedback from customers really keeps me going, especially when their item proudly displays what makes them unique.

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

Never stop paying attention and learning! Staying flexible, trying out new approaches, and evaluating how you feel after experimenting during every aspect of your process is really important while determining your brand, your style, your product, and your niche. This also means paying attention to yourself – you should try to prioritize your happiness and values over everything, because if you’re overworked or unhappy it will show.

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What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?

Ohio, Columbus in particular, has something for everyone. Pretty much whatever your thing is, you can either find it already established or find the right community to support you while you introduce it yourself. It’s boggling to see just how many things go on around here, and how many of those things are new!

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Midwest Mermaid

Rikki Teeters

Midwest Mermaid is a small business in Columbus. Owner, Angela Stiftar, creates prints by hand in her Ohio-based studio. We love the whimsical nature of her designs. We interviewed Angela to learn more about her background and her creative process. Meet Midwest Mermiad on June 3 at our Summer Maker Mart!

Midwest Mermaid

Tell us about your Ohio-made business.

I am Angela Stiftar, the founder of Midwest Mermaid. From a young age I have been infatuated with all things creative: drawing, painting, poetry, theatre, dance, photography, you name it. I believe inspiration is everywhere and world travel is my favorite source. My whimsical love of mermaids symbolizes beauty, courage, adventure, and folklore. The midwest to me signifies friendliness and family, plus it is where I proudly call home. Mix these values together, and there you have it – Midwest Mermaid was born!

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What drew you to your craft?

Drawing and painting have always been a hobby, but unfortunately one that was constantly pushed aside due to long hours in agency life. Once I started freelancing, I finally had the creative energy to pursue my fine art again, and my newfound love of print making emerged. The therapeutic process of carving the blocks is my favorite part; not having an easy ⌘Z (undo button) forces me to slow down and enjoy the creativity.

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What is your favorite thing you have ever made?

My favorite piece I have carved to date is my “SAVE THE BEES” print! Making things that look pretty AND serve a purpose that you are passionate about always hold a special place in your heart. Fifty percent of each sale is donated to the Center for Honeybee Research in Asheville NC, who offers education programs for the general public/beekeepers & conduct research on how to save this ever so important creature.

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

Well, it changed a lot but the most consistent dream was to be an architect. Architecture is still a love of mine, especially historical buildings.

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What is your creative process?

My creative process includes more steps than I would like to admit. I’ve always been a planner but I wish I could be more spontaneous so I could spend more time carving and less time doing everything else. But for now, once I come up with an idea, my process is: research, finding inspiration images, sketching, scanning, computer tweaking, printing, transferring, then FINALLY carving.

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What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago? Ten years ago?

Woah. I was a freshman in College stressing INSANELY about getting an A in my color theory class + about 15 other credit hours. I would say ENJOY the process, ENJOY the learning, ENJOY the art & stop worrying about ONLY the final product.

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Why is it important to support local artists & makers?

In an era where ANYTHING is available on Amazon, it is important to remember that there is a person behind every product. But with local artists & makers, you know that person! You see their face! You see them doing what they love and loving to share it with you! Supporting local helps your neighbors, your community, and LITERALLY brings a smile to someone’s face when you purchase their product.

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Why do you love doing what you do?

I primarily carve for the process, for myself! My brain moves a million miles a minute but while carving I have to focus on one thing (otherwise I will lose a finger) and I think it is as close as I will ever be to meditating.

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

Stick to it! If you do what you love, (and don’t mess up things during tax season) you will be a success!

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What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?

I love finding things equally as cool or cooler in Ohio as other states & countries I have visited! I beam like a proud mama when I find something AWESOME and get to tell people about it because “Ohio Rules” and everyone should know that!

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ThankfulKnits

Rikki Teeters

ThankfulKnits is a small business located in Columbus, Ohio. Owner, Abby, creates macramé and crochet products by hand. We love her design style and sophisticated product line. She donates a portion of all sales to local non-profits. We interviewed ThankfulKnits to learn more about her craft. Meet ThankfulKnits on June 3 at our Summer Maker Mart

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Tell us about your local business.

The name of my business is ThankfulKnits and I’m based out of Columbus Ohio. What began as a side hustle with only knit and crochet products has expanded to include macramé and I couldn’t be more thrilled! The mission of ThankfulKnits is to provide a way for people to purchase handcrafted quality fiber art products for their home and wardrobe while extending a “thank you” to non-profits, charities who are getting it right in the local community and around the world. A portion of every sale of ThankfulKnits products goes out in support.

I do this because in my own life I have experienced the radical positive impact that having a heart posture of gratitude has and I want to create more ways for folks to live with and express a thankful spirit. Through this business, my customers and I have been able to donate and say “thank you” to Blessings in a Backpack, Hospice of Central Ohio, and we are currently supporting the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

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What drew you to your craft?

My entire life I have loved working with my hands. I am always down for crafty adventures, I play the piano, guitar and a few other instruments and I love to garden. There is an aspect of macramé, knitting and crochet that is very repetitive. I’d go so far as to say it is somewhat meditative. I have two very young children (a 2 year old and a 9 month old) so life can be busy, loud and messy. It is very soothing to zone out when I’m in my creative work space and making things. Being able to create items that make someone’s home more beautiful or keep their head warm in the winter brings me an incredible joy and is such an honor.

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What is your favorite thing you have ever made?

Definitely my first multi-layered macramé on a branch. No pattern or plan, it just flowed so naturally- t was like a hug for my boho heart. A close second is the chunky knit hats I make in the winter.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A teacher. That happened too- I went to school for it and taught preschool and elementary school for several years.

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What is your creative process?

Since I stay home full time with my two kiddos. I work when they sleep basically. I always have my dream book around where I’ll jot down or sketch ideas…then when its go time, I get to creating. I’m inspired by nature, past pieces I’ve created or a new technique I want to try out. Sometimes the design I start out with doesn’t end up being what happens, but I love the flexibility of being a creative and having a style that can handle a change of mind. I usually listen to either music or podcasts while I create and work through things in my head while my hands are busy knotting and knitting.

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What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

Stop telling yourself no! Oh the limitations were just ridiculous. Thank goodness for wisdom from good people and experiences that helped me recognize that I have something unique to offer. When people are pouring positivity, wisdom and encouragement into you…listen. Let those things help you grow and don’t brush it off thinking it doesn’t apply to you or your situation.

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Why is it important to support local artists & makers?

There is something so incredible about community. Our local community is where life happens! Time, energy, love and resources went into creating something and when you shop local you become a part of that person’s story and they become a part of yours. Technology is great, but we are running the risk of losing face to face community and really knowing people. Supporting local connects us.

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Why do you love doing what you do?

It gives me a chance to express my creativity with my hands, I can help others make purposeful purchases by donating to various causes and organizations, and I can work while raising my babies at home!

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

DO IT! We live in a time when the threshold for starting is really quite low. Access to the internet, your creativity and a little time can get you going! Also, grow slow. I’ve committed to growing my business without debt and it brings such a sense of freedom with it!

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What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?

Ohio- the heart shaped state. Oh how I love it. I was born and raised here, moved to the west coast after college then over several years worked my way back. I appreciate it so much more now that I’ve seen other places. It has such a variety of landscapes, cultures, and access to so much nature. Also you can get anywhere in 3-ish hours. That’s a cool idea- two very different places in half a day! Hocking Hills, Amish Country, and did you know there is a national park?! Just south of CLE! Lets not forget this part- where else can you live and get all four seasons in the span of one week? Hahaha! :) Anyways, yeah just getting outside is probably my favorite thing- camping, nature and exploring!

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Simple Times Mixers

Rikki Teeters

Simple Times Mixers is a small business in Columbus, Ohio. They create natural cocktail mixers from local produce. We interviewed owner, Rian Howells, about this awesome local brand. Meet Simple Times Mixers on June 3, 2018 at our Summer Maker Mart

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Tell us about your Ohio-made business.

We are Simple Times Mixers, based out of Columbus, OH. We craft our mixers at 1400 Food Lab in Grandview. Our mixers are 100% All-Natural, that means no added flavors, colorings or preservatives. We use fresh whole fruits and produce. We pride ourselves in handcrafting the highest quality while staying true to our mission of putting a craft cocktail in the hands of all that want one, no matter their skill level, tools or where they are. The word mixer has been dragged through the mud for long enough. The best taste comes from real 100% all-natural ingredients, the way nature intended it. We cut no corners and put quality first in all that we do, never tainting our creations with added flavors or preservative.

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What drew you to your craft?

Coming from a background in the spirits industry we were sick of high quality Spirits being polluted with artificial, overly sweetened mixers. We believe that everyone deserves a delicious cocktail and they shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality for convenience.

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What is your favorite thing you have ever made?

That’s a tough one, I love everything we make, but if I had to choose just one it would be our Pineapple Mule mixer. That is cocktail that started it all for us.

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

A firefighter or professional athlete, I never thought as a child I would be making cocktail mixers and selling spirits, but here I am, and I love it!

What is your creative process?

We start with a few general ideas of what we want to create and then work from there to get to our final product. We go through many different combinations and recipes before we get to what you see being sold.

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What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

Don’t sweat the small stuff & know that each day is a new opportunity.

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Why is it important to support local artists & makers?

One word: Community. The stronger the support and community, the better we all do.

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Why do you love doing what you do?

We enjoy creating a high-quality product that allows people to truly enjoy their time with one another and not have to be stressed with the mess of creating great cocktails at home.

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

Try and stay even keeled, each day is a roller coaster of highs and lows, believe in what you’re doing and know that it will pay off in the end. Be comfortable with changing things on the fly and not always being perfect.

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What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?

The diversity of our state and all the different makers and small business that take pride in where we are from. They showcase what makes Ohio great!

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Too Legit to Quilt

Rikki Teeters

Too Legit To Quilt is one of the coolest local makers in Ohio. Owner, Dre, creates quilted goods by hand. She has a very unique style that stands out in a crowd. We have been following this amazing artist on Instagram for a while and we were excited to have the opportunity to interview her. Meet Too Legit to Quilt at our Summer Maker Mart on June 3, 2018!

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Tell us about your local business.

My business is called Too Legit to Quilt, a name that a friend came up with 6 years ago when I was still exclusively quilting! I live in Columbus, OH and have been here a little over two years. I always knew that I wanted to be an artist, but was encouraged to choose something more financially fruitful, so I decided to study Fashion Design. I went to the Savannah College of Art and Design, and halfway through school, I realized that I hated Fashion Design, but I developed a total obsession for beautiful textiles. Having grown up in Appalachia, my grandmothers and their mothers quilted and I absolutely loved their quilts, so once I found a love for textiles, it seemed natural that I would start quilting.

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My quilts evolved into layered, appliquéd wall hangings, which evolved into patches! My mission is to use textiles to express myself artistically, but to also to create intentionally. I use mostly repurposed materials in my work. There is a great deal of waste produced in the fashion industry, and fast fashion and constantly changing trends create a desire to always want to buy the next thing, to always have NEW, and to toss out the old. 80% of those clothes that people toss out end up in a landfill…only 20% are reused or recycled. And with billions of people on the planet, just imagine how detrimental this can be to our environment. So I continue to use repurposed textiles, to do my small part and to spread knowledge about waste.

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What drew you to your craft?

I was drawn to textiles in college. They are so lovely, soft, comforting, diverse, and play an important role in our lives! Quilting is a familial craft, so joining my love of textiles and quilting just made sense for me. And I knew that I wanted to express myself even further with textiles, and I always loved collage, so the appliquéd wall hangings became a marriage of my favored artistic techniques.

Too Legit to Quilt
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What is your favorite thing you have ever made?

I love *almost* everything l make (trial and error means some things are no good) and I'm always trying to outdo myself so I can't pick a favorite. However, there are things that I have made that were turning points or lightbulb moments for me, and those are really notable. One example is when I first started to make wall hangings, and I made what ended up being a skeleton torso. It felt like it created itself. My original plan was to just make a small anatomical heart, but from there I kept adding more and more elements. It was the first time I had quieted my mind and allowed a piece to organically evolve until it was completed.

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was in first grade, I entered a self portrait into an art contest and won. From then on I knew I wanted to be an artist.

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What is your creative process?

I usually create based on issues I’m dealing with (and others are dealing with), or a stage I’m at in my life, or things I want to work on within myself. I use a lot of symbols; usually symbols of power or wisdom that I feel would benefit me in my efforts to better myself, and a lot of times they resonate with other people, too. Once I’m ready to make something I always sketch it out, then choose fabrics, and just let loose! I have a good amount of fabric stored up, and am always looking for more interesting textiles, while remaining mindful not to hoard. I try to live somewhat minimally, but it’s a lot harder with art supplies. It’s better for my creative process to have things on hand when I’m in a good work flow. But it’s all about balance (like most things)!

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What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

It’s hard to say what advice I would give myself. Experiences are such a critical part of our individual journeys. I wouldn’t be in the place I am, or know the things I do if I hadn’t learned the lessons along the way. Advice is great, but if you’re not in the right mindspace or open to receiving it, its empty…it won’t resonate with you! I’ve gotten so much advice (mostly unsolicited), that I NOW see was really great advice, but at the time I wasn’t where I needed to be to receive it. But maybe THAT’S what I would tell myself.

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Why is it important to support local artists & makers?

For an artist, the bottom line isn’t moneymaking or greed. It’s the love of carefully and intentionally creating something that is an expression of self, and the connection and exchange of energy when it resonates with someone else. Supporting a creator whose work resonates with you is a really special way to connect! It’s also sort of a vote with your dollar. When you keep your support within your community, you’re strengthening it! Think global, act local, ya know?

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Why do you love doing what you do?

I love doing what I do because it’s such an integral part of me. It is what I was born to do.

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

I don’t always consider what I do a business, I think of myself more as a working artist. I don’t know if I would even qualify to hand out business advice! But for me, what has been effective is working very hard and being patient. I put a lot of time into what I do, take responsibility for and learn from my mistakes, remain true to what resonates with me (despite what may “sell well”), and never give up if I hit road blocks.

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What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?

My favorite thing about exploring Ohio is how much is always surprises me. It’s easy to give in to believing stereotypes about a place, or making assumptions, and it’s a powerful lesson to learn not to do that! Ohio is beautiful….there are so many places to love, magical unexpected corners, and people who love it and want to make their home the special place it is!

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Keep It Simple Socks

Rikki Teeters

Keep It Simple Socks is a small business in Columbus, Ohio. Owners Paul & Michael design funky & functional socks. We interviewed Paul to learn more about this local brand. Meet Keep It Simple Socks on June 3rd, 2018 at our Summer Maker Mart!

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Tell us about your local business.

My name is Paul Hopler, and our business is Keep It Simple Socks, based out of Columbus, Ohio. I started this company, along with my business partner Michael Grenier, because of our love for fun socks and for always looking good. Our mission is to give people the confidence, with our socks, to put their best foot forward. When you look good, you feel good.

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What drew you to your craft?

My business partner Michael and I have always loved fun socks, and our friend group was all about them! One day the name Keep It Simple Socks came to Michael from a friend saying it, and it was a hit. Pretty soon after, we started working on creating this business.

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What is your favorite thing you have ever made?

My favorite thing we have made would have to be our Local Collection. We made close to 15 designs that are locally inspired, mainly referencing Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, or Ohio in general, with the designs and the colors. I love locally inspired projects and I love Ohio, so doing this was a no-brainer. Specifically, we did a Save The Crew collab design that I really loved!

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

I would have loved to be a soccer player or a musician, but realistically, working in business and finance was always what I knew I enjoyed doing and was good at, and so being able to utilize those skills for Keep It Simple Socks has been thrilling.

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What is your creative process?

Michael and I brainstorm ideas for designs, either doing a line of designs (i.e. we did an 80's/90's line of designs) or doing seasonally inspired designs (spring, fall, etc.). After we come up with ideas and specific designs we want to make, we work with our graphic design team to come up with truly awesome socks!

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What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

I would tell myself to spend more time researching small business and entrepreneurship, and figuring out how to be your own boss, whatever business you end up in. I love doing what I do now so much, so knowing even more and being a step ahead of where I am now would always be amazing.

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Why is it important to support local artists & makers?

I truly believe in supporting your local community. Without that, that creative process and spirit of entrepreneurship would inevitably die out. When you support someone local, and small businesses, you really are helping them take one more step towards their dreams, and I can confirm that through personal experience with my business as well.

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Why do you love doing what you do?

I love doing it because there's not a lot more fun than being able to design awesome socks, collab with other businesses and artists on custom designs, and even the day-to-day of running the business is something that I naturally enjoy. How could I not love it?

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

My advice is: 1) Just go for it! Jump in fully. Start researching what it will take and do it. You'll regret the things you don't try so much more than if you try it and it just doesn't work out. 2) Secondly, keep the train moving. Things will inevitably get difficult and slow down and you'll be tempted to give up. It's not always something huge and dramatic, it could just be a holdup early on in the process that discourages you. But keep things organized and keep moving forward. One way to do that is to set weekly goals of what you want to get done.

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What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?

I love so much about Ohio! The people here are so nice and genuine, and there is such a thriving community in so many areas.

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The Tart Peach

Rikki Teeters

People are awakening to the fact that most of what we use on a daily basis is toxic. At Ohio Explored, we value products that are made with all-natural ingredients. The Tart Peach creates cruelty free lipsticks by hand in Columbus. Owner, Jordan Penix, uses natural ingredients like beeswax and essential oils to make her unique lipstick blends. She even did a collaboration with our favorite Ohio Ice Cream company, Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, to create a real strawberry red lipstick - which is our owner's very favorite lipstick ever made! We are thrilled to welcome The Tart Peach as a vendor for our 2017 Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart!

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Tell us about your local business.

I'm Jordan and I am the lipstick-making Tart Peach here in Columbus, OH. The Tart Peach started as a blog about 4 years ago where I posted about my current travels and other random things. When I discovered my love for making lipstick, I thought what better way to combine my blog and biz under one name.

Photo by Nathan Ward Photo

Photo by Nathan Ward Photo

What drew you to your craft?

I was interested to see what was in the everyday lipstick. When I found the long list of unpronounceable ingredients in most lipsticks I decided to see if I could make it myself. Through a lot of trial and error, mixing and melting, I found the perfect texture, scent, and colors for my lipstick whose ingredients you can pronounce. I absolutely adore wearing lipstick as well, so making it myself means I can wear all the colors I want.

Photo by Nathan Ward Photo

Photo by Nathan Ward Photo

What is your favorite thing you have ever made?

Honestly, each lipstick I finish is my favorite. The color, the texture, the packaging, takes so long to put together that when it's finished it's so satisfying (and I love when people love it, too!)

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

I don't remember wanting to be anything specific. Though, I probably wanted to be a famous singer/superstaaaaar.

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What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

I'd probably tell myself that hard-work pays off, no matter what you choose to be or do in life. I'd also mention that happiness comes from within yourself and no material or person can make you feel that.

The Tart Peach Lipstick Making Process
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Why is it important to support local artists & makers?

It's important to support your local movers and shakers because their goods are handmade, sustainable, and you're buying directly from a local source. Why buy lipstick from a drugstore when you can buy a handmade lipstick from a local maker? That goes with everything imaginable - bags, jewelry, textile - its all here in Columbus!

Photo by Emma Low

Photo by Emma Low

Why do you love doing what you do?

I love doing what I do for the people I do it for. I love lipstick and sharing in that love with others makes it worth it.

Photo by Emma Low

Photo by Emma Low

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

Go for it. Put your heart and soul in it. Do it for yourself. Just DO it!

Photo by Emma Low

Photo by Emma Low

What is your favorite thing about Exploring Ohio?

Ohio is awesome. It's a hub for creativity, exploring, and is filled with amazing people who own amazing businesses. My favorite thing is meeting the people who make Ohio, Ohio.

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Meet The Tart Peach at our Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart!