Meet the maker LaFortune Artisania
Meet Heather a fibre and ceramic artist living in Denver, Colorado. Heather picked up macrame from the early ages of 12 after being taught by her mother and this talented soul also worked in a ceramics studio.
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Meet Heather a fibre and ceramic artist living in Denver, Colorado. Heather picked up macrame from the early age of 12 after being taught by her mother and this talented soul also worked in a ceramics studio.
Tell us a bit about yourself + your business
I am a fiber & ceramic artist living in Denver, Colorado. I learned macrame from my mother when I was 12.
I loved her macrame books and was completely obsessed with it for a few years.
Before moving to Colorado I lived on Cape Cod and worked in a ceramics studio for 14 years.
Tell us about your morning process?
Lately I've been waking up, making a coffee or matcha and heading outside to my outdoor workspace.
I'm usually creatively super charged in the morning so I'll work outside for a couple of hours until it gets too hot then move indoors to have my breakfast, exercise, do computer work.
The usual morning routine
What tools do you use in your biz to keep you organised and on top of your tasks?
I make lots of lists. For the business end of things I use spreadsheets to track my expenses/revenue/pricing; all the fun stuff.
What is the best thing you have done for you and your business this year?
Besides moving to the sunniest state in the US ☀️ I'd say the spreadsheets I purchased from paper & spark have been really really amazing with getting things organized.
Have you had a truly memorable customer experience that inspires you to keep doing what your doing?
I love making custom pieces. I think my most memorable customer experiences are when I get to work directly with someone that has a vision and I get to create it for them. That is really special.
What's coming up that we can look forward to seeing from your biz?
I have so many markets in the Denver/Boulder area that I'm really excited to be a part of.
If you follow my Instagram I post about where I'll be and what workshops I'm teaching.
That's the best way to keep track of me.
What inspired you to start your business?
I was traveling in Mexico for 4 months and was really inspired by the local art.
I felt like I needed a creative outlet so I went to the market and bought some rope. That was when my love for macrame was reignited.
I would post pictures of my creations and people would comment about wanting to buy them. So I decided I would try selling my work.
What is your fav quote?
At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can. - Frida Kahlo
What is the number one thing that you love about running your own creative business?
I love that my days are filled with time for making & creating.
Where are you the most and least organised in your business?
I'm most organized with orders & payments. My weakest link is probably keeping track of the time I spend on a piece. (But I'm getting better at it!)
What is the best advice you have received that has helped you in your business?
Trust what you're doing is what you're supposed to be doing.
How do you handle moments of self doubt?:
I usually call my best friend & fellow maker Julia Szendrei. She created her business years ago and always helps me get back on track
Tell us about your most favourite or popular product/service that you have created recently?
I have been working on some larger scale pieces that I am so excited about.