Tell me a little bit about yourself. How did you start your company? What inspired you?
When I was in junior high and high school, our family collaborated on making Christmas cards. I'd design them, my dad would create screens and we'd set up an assembly line in the garage to screenprint them. Then there'd be another assembly line after they'd dried to fold, sign, put into envelopes, address the envelopes and stick on the stamps.
After I left home, I continued the practice of making my own holiday cards but instead of screenprinting them I made individual collages. Each card was crafted from found papers; I'd seek out vintage children's books and sheets of music that featured thematic illustrations and text snippets. I'd augment the collages with embellishments, calligraphy and whatever fit the overall design.
Eventually I realized I had more cards than I needed and wondered whether someone might be interested in buying them. I entered a few craft shows, and things took off from there.
I felt guilty about discarding the book covers and figured out how to turn them into albums and journals. Then I realized that game boards were about the same weight as book covers and figured I could use them for the same things ... and it all just sort of snowballed!
What is the mission of your business?
"Giving new life to nostalgia" — I take discarded items and recreate them to be loved again.
What are your plans for the future of your business?
I wish I had more of a head for planning and business administration! I'd love to be able to concentrate solely on sourcing materials and making things and let somebody else handle the rest! :-)
What is your favorite aspect of your business?
The creative part, for sure. I love taking something perceived as having no value and turning it into something beautiful and useful.
Any advice for aspiring designers?
Follow your muse. You are the only one who can do what you do, so share it with the world!
Who inspires you?
There are lots of creative people out there. What they do, and how they do it, is always inspirational.
Was designing always your passion: what ignited it?
In elementary school, I thought I might want to be an art teacher, then shifted my focus to writing. Creativity has always been a part of my being, but making things to sell is a recent pursuit.
Where can we find your work?
Simply Vague, Glean, various craft shows around Columbus, my website: goathillproductions.com
What is your favorite piece?
That's like asking who's my favorite child. Each has its own personality, its own charm, its own reason to be loved.
How would you describe your style?
Eclectic, humorous, surprising
What do you hope to gain from your membership with OCC?
Additional exposure and opportunities to share my story and my work