Vendor Highlight – Maple and Belmont

Handmade Holiday is right around this corner! We are expecting this year to be our biggest show yet. The event is now two days, which allows us to feature more makers than ever before. Between now and Dec 3rd we plan to highlight some of our amazing artists. Check back daily!

Richmond Craft Mafia’s Handmade Holiday – at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

December 3rd 12pm-7pm

December 4th 12pm – 5pm 

Meet Maple and Belmont! You can find her at Handmade Holiday on December 3rd…

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How did you get started making your product?

After working for a stationery company as an illustrator and designer, I realized how much I wanted to start a business of my own to showcase my creative voice. I had taught myself how to screen print a couple years earlier and used that method to create all of my initial cards. After fours, my business has grown past stationery and into a studio that not only creates it’s own work but does custom work as well.

Tell us a little about your process!

All of our designs start off as an idea. In the back of our minds, we allow that idea to grow until we’re ready to start sketching different iterations of it. We’ll work through a crazy number of sketches until we reach the final design. From there, we prep the design for screen printing. Each color gets it’s own screen and has to be pulled separately. We screen print all of our paper products by hand which ensures a little love goes into each one. Since each print, card and journal are pulled by hand, there can be slight variations that give them a unique look.

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Of all of your products which is your favorite to make and why?

My prints are my favorite because they tend to lean towards being a sort of motivational poster for my customers since I use a lot of quotes in my work.

What is your most popular product? Why do you think it’s so popular?

Prints are definitly my most popular product because they tend to serve as motivational prints.

Which of your products is most time consuming to make and why?

My pillows are the most time consuming to make because they require printing on fabric. I mostly print on paper so I have to change gears when I print on fabric. The ink needs to be heat set so folks can wash them and last they need to be sewn.

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What drives you to continue making? Who/what is your inspiration?

I just enjoy working with my hands so much. It’s so inspiring when I can look back at my work and know that I created it from start to finish.

What is the biggest hurdle you have overcome with your business?

The biggest hurdle that I’m still in the process of overcoming is learning when to outsource certain aspects of my business. For example, having an accountant made a huge difference in my stress and ability to focus on the work I create.

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Do you have any pets?

Yes, I have an eight year old sassy pug named Petunia. She’s constantly in the studio with me.

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

My favorite holiday tradition is cooking brunch on Christmas morning for my family. It’s less intimidating that the traditional large dinner meal and it’s always fun to stay in your pjs with the folks you love.