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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!

Coral Marie

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.

Coral Marie

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.

Coral Marie

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.

Coral Marie

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.

Coral Marie

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.

Coral Marie

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.

Coral Marie

Pied Paper Goods

Rikki Teeters

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!

Photo by  Brooke of Nomadic Newlyweds

Photo by Brooke of Nomadic Newlyweds

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.

Photo by Leeka Belyaeva of Magic Memory Works Photography

Photo by Leeka Belyaeva of Magic Memory Works Photography

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.

Photo by Leeka Belyaeva of Magic Memory Works Photography

Photo by Leeka Belyaeva of Magic Memory Works Photography

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!

Photo by  Brooke of Nomadic Newlyweds

Photo by Brooke of Nomadic Newlyweds

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. :)

Photo by Leeka Belyaeva of Magic Memory Works Photography

Photo by Leeka Belyaeva of Magic Memory Works Photography

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!

Photo by Leeka Belyaeva of Magic Memory Works Photography

Photo by Leeka Belyaeva of Magic Memory Works Photography

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.

Photo by  Brooke of Nomadic Newlyweds

Photo by Brooke of Nomadic Newlyweds

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. 

Photo by Pied Paper Goods

Photo by Pied Paper Goods

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.

Photo by  Brooke of Nomadic Newlyweds

Photo by Brooke of Nomadic Newlyweds

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. 

Photo by Pied Paper Goods

Photo by Pied Paper Goods

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!

Photo by Pied Paper Goods

Photo by Pied Paper Goods

Meet Pied Paper Goods at our Ohio Explored Holiday Maker Mart!