Meet the Maker: DeBrosse

Meet the Maker: DeBrosse(Hat for sale here)

I came across the lovely and ever so sweet Teresa on Instagram and was immediately taken with her work and her mission. If you’ve read the other Meet the Maker features, you are probably noticing a trend when it comes to finding shops via Instagram. It’s amazing. When it comes to doing business, this lady is doing it right. Here’s her story:

1. Tell us a little about yourself!

Hi! My name is Teresa, but I answer to all things T. I’m the maker behind the Etsy Shop, DeBrosse, which features a handcrafted collection of scarves and beanies that benefit orphaned children in Haiti. I work and play in New York, NY, and can attest to the fact that the city truly never sleeps.

Meet the Maker: DeBrosse

2. What made you decide to start selling your work?

Well, I first learned to crochet so that I could make blankets for children growing up in the orphanages of Haiti. With the help of family and friends, we were able to make and distribute over 150. One of the first blankets went to a went to a bright-eyed five-year old boy named Israel DeBrosse. He had such a huge personality coming out of such a tiny frame, and he really captured my heart.

I wanted to help Israel and his friends beyond blankets, and that became the heartbeat of my Etsy shop. I set aside 15% of the shop’s proceeds to purchase school supplies, clothes, and medicine for the little ones who call one of our two partner orphanages home. Now, we’re eagerly planning to pack suitcases to the brim for trips four and five.

Meet the Maker: DeBrosse

3. What would you say is the greatest challenge you face as a shop owner?

There are so many challenges…some exciting, some just…well, challenging. I think the one that trips me up the most is the idea that my work will never be finished. There’s always a newer idea, a brighter fabric, a softer yarn, a stronger photo. Striking the balance between innovation and contentment is a season I have not yet met, but I’m hopeful that with time, I’ll find it.

Meet the Maker: DeBrosse(Beanie for sale here)

4. And the greatest reward?

The thing that still gets me every time is when a piece of my work is invited into a memorable moment of a customer’s life. It’s when a soon-to-be bride requests a custom shawl for her Iceland wedding, or the birthday girl picks out a scarf for her epic London getaway, or the soon-to-be mom says she’s found the perfect beanie to wear in her baby announcement. I have to pinch myself in those moments!

Meet the Maker: DeBrosse(Blanket Scarf for sale here)

5. Who or what inspires you?

I have a newfound love with my Instagram community, both within my space and those far from it. Paper, chalk, wood, yarn, glitter…I just swoon over the way each of these makers breathes life into raw materials.

Meet the Maker: DeBrosse(Infinity Scarf for sale here)

6. Any advice for people looking to open their own shop?

Do it! And don’t be intimidated if your hand-dyed-paisley-coral-bird-mug is going to be one of 2,756 other hand-dyed-paisley-coral-bird-mugs. There’s this beautiful thing about Etsy where thoughtful work always wins.

7. What’s one fun fact about you that others may not know?

I’ve recently noticed that I get more done when I play rap music in the background. You may not know me, but take a moment to imagine a tiny blonde girl knitting at 6am to Biggie Smalls, and see if you don’t laugh a little.

**Be sure to check out DeBrosse on Etsy and Instagram!

 

 

 

Meet the Maker: jesiiii

Meet the Maker: jesiiii(Hand Painted Necklaces for sale here)

Friends, get ready to fall in love with this maker. I am blown away by her talent, knack for color and branding, not to mention her ability to come up with the world’s cutest puns. On top of all that, she hustles like no other and is a complete #GIRLBOSS. Okay, okay, enough of me gushing– here’s jesiiii!

Meet the Maker: jesiiii

1. Tell us a little about yourself!
Hi! I’m Jesi and I am an illustrator, painter, maker of colorful happy art and things. My shop is just called jesiiii (thats four i’s for my four eyes). I currently live in Columbus, Ohio – but grew up in south Louisiana.

2. Have you always been a maker or did you pursue other careers first?
Definitely have always been a maker – but it took me a long time to be able to turn my passion into my job. I attended college for a year and half before deciding it wasn’t right for me. The only classes I enjoyed were my art classes, but it wasn’t an art school – so the other classes dragged me down. I had to regroup and settle for a job in retail until I could figure out what to do with myself.

Meet the Maker: jesiiii(I Love You to the Core Painting for sale here)

3. What made you decide to start selling your work?
I started painting a lot more regularly about 12 years ago when I was still in high school. It was just something that I always did when I had free time. After my failed college attempt, I started really honing my style of art. I would post pictures of my art on social media here and there. Someone on Facebook asked me if I wanted to be a part of a local art show. I was completely terrified, but decided to take the leap since I had stacks of paintings just gathering dust. I sold almost every painting in one night and it finally hit me that I needed to paint more and actually try to get my name out there.

4. Who or what inspires you?
I’m inspired by tattoo art, bright colors, and clever puns. I honestly look for inspiration in lots of little things on a daily basis…I am a generally happy person, so I just want to make things that I love and hopefully it will put a smile on someone’s face.

5. Any advice for people just starting their own Etsy shop?
If you want to do this full time, make sure your whole heart is in it! It takes a lot of work and a lot of late nights. Know what you know what you want your brand to represent and keep things cohesive! Also, social media can be your best friend.

Meet the Maker: jesiiii(Seek Adventure Print for sale here)

6. One fun fact about yourself?
This took me so long to think of an answer – but here is something random about me! I have gotten to be a background extra in a few movies and tv shows. If you want to have a scavenger hunt you can find tiny glimpses of me in Year One, Bending the Rules (which you probably have never heard of), 21 Jump Street, anepisode of American Horror Story and an episode of…wait for it…The Young and the Restless. CLASSIC!

**Be sure to visit Jesi’s Shop and see more behind the scenes on Instagram!

 

Meet the Maker: Salt + Stone Pottery

Meet the Maker: Salt + Stone PotteryI first discovered Salt + Stone Pottery through Instagram and have been head over heels with her pottery, and top-notch behind the scene shots, ever since! I’m so excited that she agreed to be part of this new series and think you guys will just love her and her work. Without further ado, meet Jade!

Meet the Maker: Salt + Stone Pottery

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi! I’m Jade. I was born in Vero Beach, Florida but I’ve lived all over {Boston, Austin, Miami Beach, and currently Los Angeles}. I am the creator of Salt + Stone, a collection of one-of-a-kind handmade ceramic goods.

2. Have you always been a maker or did you pursue other careers first?

Although the medium has changed over the years and it hasn’t necessarily always been my main focus, I have always been a maker. From a very young age, I found the best way to express myself was through art. I have dabbled with everything from paper craft to woodworking to painting and ultimately went to college for fine art before finding my passion in clay. For nearly six years, I worked for Anthropologie creating displays and merchandising product. They place a high value on their customer experience from an aesthetics perspective, which means as a visual manager, you are constantly learning. Clay, paper, cork, wax, wood, cloth, metal, plastic.. all of these materials are in my wheelhouse.

Meet the Maker: Salt + Stone Pottery

3. What made you decide to start selling your work?

When I first began honing my craft, I would give pieces away to family and friends.. the response nearly every time was something to the effect of ‘this is beautiful! You should be selling this!’ While I knew the audience was biased, they also gave me a confidence to at least explore the idea of selling my work. It was also then that I realized I needed to be selling my work to be able to continue creating.

Meet the Maker: Salt + Stone Pottery

4. Who or what inspires you?

I’m inspired by all sorts of things.. nature is endlessly fascinating to me, I love to travel and explore new places, music has a way of bringing out different sides of my creativity, colors, textures, people who are continuously bettering themselves,  even certain scents have their own way of inspiring me.

Meet the Maker: Salt + Stone Pottery

5. Tell us one fun fact about yourself!

My husband and I spent the better part of the last two years on a road trip around North America.

**Be sure to check out Jade’s website and follower her on Instagram!

Meet the Maker: The Bannerie

Meet the Maker: The BannerieHappy Monday all!

Today is an exciting day because I’m launching a new column called Meet the Maker. I’ve come across some amazing shop owners and makers since I’ve starting blogging and will be introducing them to you in this reoccurring interview series. I cannot wait for you to meet them!

What better way to kick it all off than with the glittery #girlboss herself, Gilit of The Bannerie?!

Gilit Cooper of The Bannerie

1. Tell us a little about yourself ( ie. name, location, shop name and what you make).

Hi! I am Gilit Cooper. I live in Queens, NY though sometimes I still accidentally say Manhattan (it’s been long enough that I should really not be doing that anymore). I have an Etsy shop called theBannerie where I sell glitter letter banners for awesome people :)

2. Have you always been a maker or did you pursue other careers first?

Interesting question! I have always been a maker in that I have always been making things, but career-wise I’ve run the gamut! Right before I started the Bannerie I thought I was going to be in the art world since it’s what I studied at FIT and I loved it, but it never really sat right and I’m so glad I didn’t end up pursuing it!

Meet the Maker: The Bannerie(#GIRLBOSS Banner for sale here)

3. What made you decide to start selling your work?
I graduated college and didn’t really know what I wanted to do so I started a blog so my name would be out there somewhere. The blog took many turns and evolved and I started making bigger parties for better pictures (I’m not the only one, right?!). People started asking me to make banners but really my sister and husband have been telling me forever to start my own business. Then one day I was sitting on the couch next to my husband and it just hit me. I could really do this!

4. Who or what inspires you?
Every single person I have met who has started their own brand or business or is working hard at what they do inspires me. I know that sounds like a big vague lovefest but it’s true. Especially women, because as far as we have come as a society, it’s not far enough. I’m also inspired by my family. I want my children to see their mother working hard to make big things happen and that they can do anything they want to if they are willing to do the work and keep at it.

Meet the Maker: The Bannerie(Treat Yo Self Banner for sale here)

5. Any advice for people looking to open a shop?
I tell people to go in with their eyes open. It’s a lot of work, hard work, and you need to research before you start. It’s not going to easy, you won’t have a lot of free time, but if this is what drives you and makes you happy it’s worth it.

6. Tell us one fun fact about yourself
My go to fun fact is that I went bungee jumping off a bridge in New Zealand when I was a teenager and I never felt like it was really relevant to the rest of my life but it is. I don’t know how many people know this but I’m pretty terrified of heights, even stairs sometimes. But I do it. It isn’t that I’m not afraid, it’s that I don’t let fear stop me.

**Be sure to follow The Bannerie on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and on her blog!