Hi, nice to meet you!
Tell us about yourself and what you create.
Hey, my name is Lauren and I am the owner of Studio Ease! At Ease we create simple, artful paper goods that celebrate a timeless lifestyle.
What was your AHA moment?
It’s funny, I am not sure I had an AHA moment. My whole life I always was infatuated with I wonder how is that made. That naturally led me to pursue a degree in Fine Arts and in turn take the jump to start my business after leaving a corporate job. I always loved collecting stationery and creating small works of art so when I began my business it just felt right. When I wake up each morning excited to work for my business, each day feels like an AHA moment.
Where do you draw your energy and inspiration from?
I often times find I am most inspired just by stepping outside, whether that be being immersed in nature or having an interaction with another individual. human interactions. There is something so special about having creative conversations with other individuals that brings so much joy and fresh perspectives to my work. I also love reading and finding new ideas in magazines, books, and poetry and of course, Pinterest.
What are you go-to’s as far as podcasts, books or blogs?
My go to’s are TED Talks. I love hearing and learning how to speak with zeal about something that really means something to you. I keep a long list of books I want to read from recommendations I get from others, or the end of previous books I’ve read.
What is the most challenging part of running your business?
For me, it’s being a sole entrepreneur. Working with a team of people whose excitement bounces throughout the room offers so many beautiful opportunities for new ideas. I think that collaboration is so important to keep content fresh, and keep you from staying in your comfort zone.
What is your favorite part of running your business?
My favorite part of running Studio Ease is that chance to create something that makes an impact. The main focus of Ease is creating ethical stationery, that reduces the environmental harm of running a business. Aside from products, I founded Ease because I wanted to create a place whose sole purpose was always, 100%, steadfastly to inspire an inclusive creative community, celebrate good feelings, and share intelligent thought.
What is the best advice that has been given to you?
As much as you focus on business development, you should also focus on personal development. I have found so much reward and content in building a business that not only allows me to create what I love but supports all my personal values. Through personal development, my business can grow and always remain true to myself, reducing the feeling of burn out.
What is your favorite thing about the handmade community?
The community! Interacting with so many talented, creative, and smart individuals daily creates room for so much inspiration and that positive feeling that our businesses can make an impact for the better.
Who are some people you admire or look up to in this community?
I admire the beautiful ladies who started this all, and encourage creatives to believe in themselves, Grace of CYL Collective and Sam of Maker’s Movement. I also admire those who are part of the community for believing in themselves and having the confidence to share their creativity with us.
If you could work on that one dream project, what would it be?
I love the opportunity for collaborations, of any kind, whether that be with brands, bloggers, or makers. When there is a mutual love for creative work and an interest to combine those projects to create something better and one-of-a-kind I truly believe amazing things can happen.