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Dippity and Snark

Rikki Teeters

Dippity and Snark is a stationary design studio from Akron, Ohio! We interviewed owner, Danielle Capotosto, to learn more about her local business. Meet Dippity and Snark at our Spring Maker Mart on April 7 in Cleveland!

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Tell us about your business.

Dippity and Snark (formerly five blessings) is an independent design studio offering handmade cards, stationery, stickers and illustrated gifts. All designs are hand drawn by me, Danielle, a graphic designer and illustrator who started Dippity & Snark as a way to share my cheeky, funny and snarky creations with the world! In addition to pop-up markets and my website, I also have a small retail location in the Northside Marketplace in Akron, OH. My products are equal parts cute, punny and have lots of swear words, so I needed a name that would work with that. Dippity is a made up word derived from serendipity, which basically means “happy accident.” Snark is pretty self explanatory. Putting them together seems to perfectly describe both my sweet and sassy products!

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What drew you to your craft?

I have always loved to make things. As a child I would always rather color than play outside. When it came time to go to college, I decided graphic design seemed like a natural fit. While studying design, I was introduced to illustration and basically fell in love! After some full time design gigs, I started a freelance design business. I wasn’t getting the opportunity to do much illustration work with my clients and I was really missing the opportunity to draw and make things. At a lunch in February of 2017, I was expressing these frustrations to my husband. He basically said, "so do it!” And I did. There’s been a lot of learning along the way, and it’s still a work in progress, but I’m happy with the growth I’ve managed so far.

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What is your favorite thing you have ever made?

My favorite thing I have ever made are my stickers. I don’t have one in particular, but I have always adored stickers! I still have boxes full of them, some from childhood! My 10 year old self would geek out if she knew someday I would be designing and making my own!

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

As you may have guessed by now, I’ve always wanted to be some sort of artist. I wasn’t always sure how that was going to happen, but I knew it was the only path for me. I though about being an art teacher before choosing design, but am really happy I went with design instead. As fate would have it, I ended up pursuing my Master of Arts in design and now teach part time at Kent State University anyway!

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What is your creative process?

I don’t know that I really have one particular process. I basically start with an idea, usually as a response to something that has happened or something I think is funny. Then I get to drawing. I work both traditionally and digitally, using pencil, pen, watercolor, Illustrator, Photoshop, and/or Procreate. Once I’m happy with the illustration part of things, I work to put it on all the things… cards, stickers, wherever it fits the best.

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What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

Just start, and f*ck fear! Don’t wait for the right/best time… it will never come. Don’t be afraid of what other people think of your work. I waited almost 10 years to start this business, knowing the whole time it was something I wanted. Life and other opportunities and responsibilities kept me from it, but it was always in the back of my mind. Who knows where I’d be if I had started 5 years earlier, but I’m happy to have gotten things off the ground. There’s no point in looking back, we’re not going that way. Amazingly enough to me, when I make work that makes me happy, other people love it to! Shocks me everyday, but so thankful!!!

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Why is it important to support local artists & makers?

Why is it not?! In all seriousness, supporting local artist/makers or any local small business does more than people realize. It allows that person to fulfill their dreams, support themselves and their families, and continue to grow. It also helps create jobs and support local economy. It really is a great way to support the local community and allow small businesses like mine to flourish.

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Why do you love doing what you do?

I think there just really isn’t any other option for me. It might sound a little cheesy, but creating really is a part of my soul. Without the ability to make and create, I wouldn’t be me. It also brings me immense joy to see others laughing and enjoying my products. To share that creative happiness with others is pretty exciting!

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

There’s no better time than today. Give up on waiting, start however you can, today! Even if it’s a little step forward. Small amounts of growth is still growth!

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What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?

Ohio has so much more to offer than people realize! We have amazing metro parks, art museums, music, and so much more! If you can’t find something great to do, you aren’t looking hard enough!

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OY-L

Rikki Teeters

OY-L is an all natural skincare line based in Akron, Ohio. We love this brand’s commitment to creating sustainable products and never testing on animals. We interviewed owner Andrea Pierce-Naymon to learn more about her amazing local business! Meet OY-L at our Spring Maker Mart on April 7 at Red Space in Cleveland!

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Tell us about OY-L.

I am the CEO and Founder of a natural skin care line called OY-L and my mission is Beauty Without Secrets. I have been a med tech, in pharmaceautical and medical equipment sales, mother of two amazing daughters and a buyer/owner of a clothing boutique in Cleveland.

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What drew you to your craft?

When my youngest daughter got sick as a junior in high school, no one was able to diagnose her for two years. She was even misdiagnosed! I became so frustrated I started reading the labels on everything in our house, thinking it was something she was exposed to. I was horrified when I started googling all the chemical ingredients. Most were toxic and carcinogenic. I got a app called Think Dirty and started scanning products. That's when I said to myself, there has to bee a better way. All the skin care products I was buying in the department stores were toxic. I didn't want to use them anymore and certainly didn't want my kids using them. So I turned the kids old play room into a lab and OY-L was born.

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What is your favorite thing you have ever made?

That's a hard one! I'd have to say my body butter. It was my first product, it took me a long time to perfect and now I can't live without it. It was the product that got me an investor from Cincinnati and enabled me to grow my business and move into a real lab at Bounce, a business Accelerator, in the old B.F. Goodrich plant in downtown Akron.

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an ER doctor.

What is your creative process?

I listen to my customers and read everything about the skincare market and determine what I can do to make a cleaner product that is also effective. There is a lot of chemistry involved and a lot of trial and error to make sure the products I bring to market are safe and effective.

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What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

Prioritize your life. Decide what is important and what you have passion for. Even though you have to pay bills, make sure you have a least a hobby you enjoy.

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Why is it important to support local artists & makers?

It is important to support local artists and makers because we are the ones that can grow, hire, expand and support our community. Indie brands in Ohio put a lot of heart and soul into their craft and supporting them supports Ohio. I can't tell you how exciting it was to go to a national beauty expo and show the country what was happening in Akron, Ohio. By doing that I was asked to bring my line to New York and show the Saks Fifth Ave buyers my products. Six months later, I was on their website and selling my products locally and nationally. Kudos to Saks for wanting to showcase and sell products made in Akron that will help our local community.

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Why do you love doing what you do?

I love coming up with products that are helping people live a less toxic life. I love when I read the reviews of my products and see how much they are helping. There is a "clean and green" revolution going on now in this country. Europe is way ahead of us in the market. People don't want toxins in there products anymore. And I love teaching people what all those chemicals are and why you don't need them in our products.

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

Just do it! It's a rollercoater ride, but if you are passionate about what you are doing , it is worth it. There is so much to learn and you need a good support system.

What is your favorite thing about exploring Ohio?

I grew up in Cincinnati and have lived in northern Ohio my whole adult life. I love seeing how the different cities are different or even the same. I loved the hills of Cincy and the lake in Cleveland. The park system in northern Ohio is beautiful. I went to BGSU where is was flat and we rode our bikes everywhere. It's a great place to grow up.

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Jennifer L Worden Arts

Rikki Teeters

Jennifer L Worden creates art from recycled glass in Akron, Ohio. We love the way she creates beautiful pieces from what others might waste. We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer L Worden Arts as a vendor for our 2017 Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart on December 3rd!

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Tell us about your local business.

My business is Jennifer L Worden Arts of Akron, OH. I use post-consumer glassware in the creation of my art. Conferring a new, unexpected life to bottles, jars, windows and discarded dishware is the inspiration that makes this work possible. I melt, fuse and reshape glass, and employ other upcycled materials wherever possible, to create utterly unique pieces designed to please the eye, engage the mind and encourage a sustainable perspective.

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What drew you to your craft?

I've been drawn to the different colors and shine of glass since my late teens. I started by making stained glass mosaics and turned to torch work and kiln firing when I wanted to create dimensional shapes out of the glass. I began by using commercial glass but felt I couldn't take creative risks due to its expense. When I discovered that I could use discarded glass to create beautiful pieces I found my niche.

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What is your favorite thing you have ever made?

It would have to be the first piece I had in a gallery show. The sculpture was abstract but inspired by staghorn fern. Seeing the piece hanging on the gallery wall gave me the confidence to realize that I was on the right path and to continue to explore my art.

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What did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was very young I wanted to be a florist when I grew up.

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What is your creative process?

For the most part, I don't sit down and decide I need to come up with a new design. I'm inspired by moss, ferns, fungus, and other botanicals and ideas will come to me while studying them. I strive to put a whimsical twist on their shapes and structures. Not all of my ideas translate to the glass but I enjoy the process of experimentation. Sometimes I love a piece from the moment it comes out of the kiln while others I have to live with for awhile and usually end up making a few tweaks to before I consider it a success.

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What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?

Trust your gut, ignore that little voice of self-doubt, don't be afraid to ask for help or advice, and realize that you will have failures just make sure you learn from them.

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Why is it important to support local artists & makers?

When you purchase something from a local artist or maker you are helping that person support themselves or their family while they pursue their dream.

Jennifer L Worden Arts

Why do you love doing what you do?

I am driven to create and am truly grateful that this is my job. The flexibility to be able to work more on creative days and less on days when I'm just not feeling it is wonderful. I usually work every day, but wouldn't dream of trading it for a 9-5 day job.

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

For me, it has been very important to become friends with other women who are business owners and creatives. Being able to talk to someone who has had been in your shoes in invaluable. I think it takes a community to make your business a success. Many opportunities come about by word of mouth so it is indispensable to have a good group of business people/creatives/makers around you.

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What is your favorite thing about Exploring Ohio?

Ohio is truly great. Whether you want to spend some time in nature, enjoy arts, music, theater, dance or sports there are many options throughout the state. The favorite activity of my family has been trail hikes and visiting some of the cool caves and caverns we have in Ohio.

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Meet Jennifer L Worden Arts at our Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart!