Meet Erin Myles
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your craft.
Wanderluxe offers craft adornment for chic drifters and modern dreamers. The collection takes inspiration from both the geometry and fluidity found in nature to create pieces that are powerful yet inviting. It is an exploration of the contrasts between negative space and texture, a balance of softness and structure.
I produce each piece start to finish in Providence, RI, working with local suppliers and manufacturers along the way. I intend to keep Wanderluxe components sourced locally and produce my work in small batches. Consider it a mini resistance to the over-production of goods and waste that we see so often today.
My goal is to continue to create, to live an inspired, minimalist life and place objects into the hands of the curators, nesters, travellers, collectors, arbiters, and conscious creatives of our world.
What was your AHA moment?
My AHA moment was after I quit my 9-5 and was doing Wanderluxe full-time for a while and everything didn’t fall apart. I took a look around realized that I can do this and just have to keep moving forward.
Where do you draw energy and inspiration for your work?
I draw energy and inspiration from travel and exposure to new places/cultures/beauty.
What’s one of your favorite moments of the creative process?
My favorite moment of the creative process is the moment of a new idea and the thrill of inspiration.
As small business owners, I think it’s safe to say we learn as we go! What’s something you’ve learned from operating your business that you wish you could have told yourself when you started?
You are going to learn more from “doing” than you are from any of the online courses out there geared towards makers. Choose a few classes to take here and there, but nothing can substitute for the experience of just getting out there and seeing it for yourself.
What roadblocks have you hit and overcome as a small business owner?
There are moments where you feel rejected if you don’t get into a show or store that is super important to you. It’s easy to take it personally. I try to take my ego out of the equation and continue to push forward. Onward and upward!
What are your go-to podcasts, books or blogs?
For business related podcasts, I love Keeping Shop, Why Do We Have Things, Creating Your Own Path, Don’t Keep Your Day Job, and Being Boss. For fun, I just finished reading Stoned by Aja Raden and it blew my mind.
What is your favorite thing about the handmade community?
My favorite thing about the handmade community is being surrounded by creative people and sharing ideas/inspiration/tips. I’ve been lucky to meet some very supportive and inspiring folks in my journey and have made some very good friends in the process.
What do you have planned for your business in the months to come? Any new projects, collabs, collections you can hint at?
In the months to come I have a collaboration with @ohayomade, a macrame artist from Woodstock NY, that we are just beginning to promote on IG. I’m participating in 2 Renegade Craft shows before the holidays.
Tell us about a small victory! The little things are so worthy of celebration! (Anything that made you do your happy dance.)
I was super thrilled to get into West Coast Craft this past summer. The caliber of artists and makers there is really amazing.