Tell us about what you do.
My name is Krista and I’m a budding surface designer—I create hand dyed textiles for body and home. Currently my collection is exclusively batik scarves and head wraps, but I’m working on a new line of home goods that I hope to offer as well.
What’s your favorite thing about your creative process?
Fabric dyeing is by far my primary skill as a surface designer, and I love how versatile it is. There is something really cathartic about transforming a pure white canvas into a piece of art in the span of an hour. I also enjoy the unpredictability of dye, a lot of my pieces are done via low water immersion dye which creates a unique piece every time.
How do you prepare your business for holiday season?
This is my first holiday season, actually! I just started my business in March, but thus far I have prepared by stockpiling batik scarves. Over the summer I made close to 100 to have on hand for various popups and holiday markets.
Do you have any other projects that you are excited about aside from your primary medium?
I just started making rope bowls and I am loving them. I have a soft spot for ceramics, but I love that I can create rope bowls in a similar way and dyeing them is much like glazing. A lot of ideas I had floating in my head for a future ceramic line I’ve been able to translate into my rope bowls. I’m really excited to see how they do over the holiday season! I’m hoping to have a few to list for this particular popup as well. :)
What has been the best advice you have received in regard to running a creative business?
Don’t be afraid to ask for advice. I’m lucky to live in a community with a ton of
established makers and they’ve all been so willing to help me with the business side of things or offer advice. I’m really thankful for that. I’d also say be open to change. Your first product may not be a hit but that’s okay just keep tweaking and refining and see what engages your customers the most, eventually you’ll hit gold!