Olive Bloom

Hi, nice to meet you! Tell us about yourself and what you create.

Hello! I’m Olivia Prance, a 27 year old Fiber Artist living at the foothills of North Georgia. I create modern macrame wall hangings as well as an array of macrame home goods and accessories.

 

What was your AHA moment?

My AHA moment was found when I was trying to do anything but macrame. After I quit my job in late 2016 to pursue a more creative life, I put all my energy to anything crafting related. I had made a few macrame pieces back in 2015 but never thought much of it. I can’t pinpoint what drove me to try my hand at macrame again but whatever it was that drove me to pick up some string and start knotting, I’m so glad it did!


Where do you draw your energy and inspiration from?

Pinterest is a good starting point to get my juices going and finding other artist and websites I wouldn’t have found otherwise. I love looking at vintage macrame patterns, old tapestries, or antique and vintage stores. Going out isn’t always an option but when I do have the chance to go see stuff in person, touch things, or just be around really old stuff, it has the best inspirational affect on me!


What are you go-to’s as far as podcasts, books or blogs?

My best friend makes fun of me for this but Emma Roberts suggest some really great books to read! I love listening to the Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday Podcast, This American Life, Girl Boss, or any of the story telling ones. I tend to read through DIY or maker blogs the most since I love anything handmade but I like browsing photography blogs as well!


What is the most challenging part of running your business?

Keeping it altogether. Not getting in a rut. Being smart with your money and your business choices. Also relying on your intuition I think always leads you in the right direction. And making sure you’re staying true to who you are as an artist and not being easily influenced by trends or other businesses.

What is your favorite part of running your business?

I love that I’m fulfilling MY dream. I worked so many past jobs helping others start up or progress their dreams that I felt I didn’t have one of my own. I love what I’m doing now and it wakes me up (almost) everyday ready to keep working!


What is the best advice that has been given to you?

Life is short and to make the most of it. As cliche as that sounds it truly resonates with me after losing someone very close to me. I implement that into my business and If i’m not enjoying myself even in those stressful/workaholic moments - what’s the point?


What is your favorite thing about the handmade community?

The support for sure! Even if you’re in the same field as someone else and technically you’re their competition I still feel like you can reach out and be met with kindness and support. That is what makes a community, lifting everyone up!


Who are some people you admire or look up to in this community?

Cindy Bokser from Niroma Studio, she’s like a macrame queen. She has featured my work several times over the year and that has really helped me reach a broader audience. I also look up to a number of other artist as well, too many to mention, but they truly keep me motivated.


If you could work on that one dream project, what would it be?

I would love to do a giant custom piece for a store or maybe a restaurant. Possibly a giant curtain or lantern. Something huge!

 

Find Olivia online:

olivebloom.co // @olive.bloom