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Business Babes - Prints & Needles!

Hey all! This week I have the lovely Natalie from Prints & Needles! Natalie prints and designs her own beautiful fabric creations. She has some insight to share with you about her craft and what it's like to be a business owner! I hope you all enjoy her stuff as much as I do!

Shop: Prints & Needles

Tell us about yourself:
I have always been a quiet person, expressing who I am through my artwork and the way that I present myself. Making is my ultimate form of expression. The prints that I design are inspired by my lifelong interest in fairy tales, nature and pop culture, and my love of cats, classic rock, good food, and travel. I hope that the things I make tell a little bit about me.

A description of your shop:
I make simple, utilitarian pieces, including lunch bags and zipper pouches, that feature colourful, intricate screen-printed designs. I prefer to use natural materials, like cotton, but I also love using neon colours, especially pink. Aesthetically I am always inspired by Art Nouveau, the 1960s, and anything Japanese.





When did you start your shop?
I started my shop in 2011, while I was still in school, studying Textile Design at Sheridan College.

What are your goals for your shop in the future?
I plan on continuing to grow my shop slowly but steadily. I would like to develop some new product, possibly some clothing. I would love to one day have my own brick & mortar store with a studio attached somewhere in Ontario, where I live.



 

Things that most inspire you to create:
In general, I like to share the things that I like and make with others, whether that be a good movie that I have seen, or some food that I have made. My desire to create stems from wanting to share. What motivates me the most to create is positive response, people really liking the things that I have designed and made, it's a wonderful feeling, and it keeps me doing what I do.




Do you have a favorite Etsy shop besides your own? Care to share? 
I have so many favourite shops on etsy I could never choose just one favourite; I am constantly inspired by what others are making.

A peek inside your workspace:


Do you have any advice for anyone just starting out?
I would say, find a way to do what you love, and it's okay to start small.





What would your ideal day be like?
My ideal day would be spent outside in the sunshine, riding my bicycle, or going on a hike with my sisters. It would include lots of laughter, and delicious homemade food.




Be sure to give Natalie and Prints & Needles some social media love!

Tumblr // Facebook // Pinterest // Instagram // Etsy
Thank you so much Natalie!

3 comments

  1. Thank you Jess! This post looks awesome!

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  2. I am so addicted to Etsy-- I love showcasing some of their awesome shop owners as well. They are so freaking creative! Head to check out her lovely shop.

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  3. I love her work! I can't wait to follow her on Etsy! Thanks for the great interview!

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