Moss Points North
Hi, nice to meet you! Tell us about yourself and what you create.
Hello, I'm Amy Guerrero! I'm the owner/designer/maker behind Moss Points North. I create macrame home decor and accessory items out of my Phoenix, AZ studio.
What was your AHA moment?
Being a 'creative' I have always been drawn to a variety of crafts and hobby ideas. I had a side hobby Etsy shop for years and always wondered how you could turn that into a career. My AHA moment was when I challenged myself to narrow my shop's focus and really try to create a business out of it. I thought, "What is the one thing you are always drawn to and can't pass up?" FIBERS!
Where do you draw your energy and inspiration from?
I love the exciting visual texture that physical texture can bring and playing around with macrame, in particular, I am always inspired to try out new patterns and knots. I am also inspired a lot by the amazing patterns and projects that were created in the 70s and love to re-imagine old favorites!
What are you go-to’s as far as podcasts, books or blogs?
What is the most challenging part of running your business?
For me, it is always a challenge knowing what to prioritize since the ideas are plentiful but the time is finite! Because there is so much that takes over behind the scenes when running a business it is hard to figure out how to take time to play around with new ideas and be creative for creativities sake.
What is your favorite part of running your business?
I absolutely love the face to face interactions I get to have with people. Setting up at local markets helps me have that connection with my community and allows me to share the unique things my business has to offer. I teach a lot of classes as well and started a fiber meet-up in my area which is an absolute joy!
What is the best advice that has been given to you?
Don't compare your business to those around you! This applied to me a lot when I was setting up with other vendors at weekly/monthly markets. I was looking at other companies who were pushing to be out at every farmer's market and I had to realize that my business was unique and what may work for them would not apply and work the same for me.
What is your favorite thing about the handmade community?
I love being able to have conversations with someone who 'gets it'. We all have the same drive to create and share our products with others. That comes with its own unique challenges AND successes and I love connecting with other hand-makers to compare notes and offer support.
Who are some people you admire or look up to in this community?
I love Rachel Denbow from Smile and Wave, she is a fount of curiosity and bright colorful DIY. Miriam Tribe also inspires me to continue pursuing new projects and inspiration. Elise Joy is another great one to encourage exploration and creativity!
If you could work on that one dream project, what would it be?
I would love to assist Windy Chien with an install!