We’re at the beginning of September! A month of new beginnings and the start of a new season. For this week’s Meet the Maker blog, we chatted to makers who create a range of products, including; accessories, home-ware, art and print work. In this Q&A, we spoke to Evie of Create Space and Carl of Paulo Vulpes, who create home-ware and accessories. Read on to find out how they both creates and launched their businesses, the process to creating their products and the journey’s they have gone on throughout.
Pedddle: Tell us a bit about your business and how it started – e.g. where did you first become interested in producing your products/learn the skills it takes to produce them?
Create Space: Like a lot of businesses, I started up in the first lockdown last year. I always found that crafting was a great way to relax and switch off, so I decided to build a business around that idea by creating craft kits! It started as just macrame but since then I have created a range of craft kits and also started doing workshops as well!
Paulo Vulpes Atelier: Vulpes was born from a desire to have leather products that were luxurious, yet conscious of the impact creative businesses can have on the environment. Coming from a creative background of over 25 years, I have always loved working with my hands! Fascinated with handcrafted goods and colour, over time i have learned techniques in interior design, furniture restoration, fashion and textiles. In 2020 I stumbled upon Leatherwork, and its been a love affair ever since.
Pedddle: Following on from the first question, we’d love to know more about your process, the materials you use and what you’re inspired by.
Create Space: I mostly work with macrame but have also experimented with raffia crafts and crystals. I also like working with natural materials like driftwood and shells and love upcycling things!
Paulo Vulpes Atelier: When launching Paulo Vulpes, I made a conscious decision to source leathers that whilst of the highest quality, due to circumstance, were either left in warehouse by designer brands or had come to the end of their production run. Rather than letting them sit unused, I want to breathe new life into these fantastic materials. Vulpes was born from a desire to have leather products that were luxurious, yet conscious of the impact creative businesses can have on the environment. The inspiration for our pieces really comes from a wide range of places. Mostly colours and textures from past eras, unashamedly colourful, we really love to come up with colour combinations that stand out from the crowd.
Pedddle: Do you remember your first selling experience?
Create Space: I started off by just selling to friends and family, then built from there and got my website up and running.
Paulo Vulpes Atelier: I’m sure like anyone, our first selling experiences were a mixture of exciting and terrifying! Obviously its amazing to get sales but I think any maker has moments of questioning their talent, product, the climate etc. Once you get past those first fears, its such an amazing place to be, and all the sewing calluses are worth it.
Pedddle: What challenges did you face when you first launched your business?
Create Space: I made the mistake of not separating my personal money from my business money and it got very messy and complicated to sort out!
Paulo Vulpes Atelier: There are 100 things that no one tells you about starting a business. Its very much a learning game from the start. you have dreams of going out, making fabulous things and that’s it, however it takes a little knowledge in every aspect of business to make a brand thrive. Is it worth it? Definitely!
Pedddle: What’s next for your business this year – anything you’re planning, looking forward to, are there any new products/ranges etc.
Create Space: I’ve got a shell mobile workshop coming up on the 18th Saturday which I’m really excited for, and then it’s just mad prep for Christmas!
Paulo Vulpes Atelier: This week we will be doing our first market in Brentwood, with the pop up club. we’ll be working with new suppliers brining us even more amazing leathers from some amazing tanneries, and were starting to look at going wholesale, which will hopefully give us an opportunity to work with some awesome indie shops around the world.