What do you make? How did you get into it?
I make one-of-a-kind trinkets and decor. Mostly these are collages made from magazine cutouts. I decoupage them onto various surfaces such as wood and ceramic tiles and sometimes found objects, then finish with a resin glaze to make mini artworks and pieces that function as coasters, quirky accessories or display items.
I resigned from a fulltime advertising job to become a freelancer. I then wanted to discover my own Art because I had been stuck in the corporate world with not much time for anything else. I saw that Craft MNL had a resin jewelry making workshop that I was interested in because I had always made accessories for myself before. The workshop showed me that I was good at something else and for that I am very grateful.
Are you a full-time crafter? If not, what is your day job?
I am not yet a fulltime crafter. I still do freelance work for advertising agencies and graphic design for direct clients, if I can get it. My brothers and I also do Stop Motion Animation projects once in a while. I would love to go fulltime, though.
What motivates you in pursuing this business?
I really want to fully retire from what I used to do because it is taking toll on my health. I want to realize a dream to become a true artist and I find that making crafts is leading me there. Finally, my family is my greatest motivation. Not just to provide for them financially, but to be a good role model to my kids and inspire them to persevere.
What are some of the challenges of maintaining a craft business?
Most buyers don’t want to pay the price I feel is worth my work because they don’t realize the value of what went onto each piece. I get it though, it’s just not a priority for many but I am happy that there are a lot of people who appreciate, give compliments and buy. Another challenge is my lack of manpower because I make everything by myself. So I cannot mass produce.
What’s a new skill–craft or business–that you’d like to learn?
I would like to have an Etsy store and I would like to make work worthy of an art exhibit using the art of Collage.
What’s your most recent craft business milestone?
I haven’t had one yet. I’m a late bloomer at the same time still a baby in this venture.
What is your favorite lesson in your experience of your business?
I learned that Filipino Crafts can compete with foreign. One lady once asked if the pieces I was selling were Murano (blushing but feeling proud)! Also, that I can make new “young” friends at my age, hehe.
What craft business advice can you share with other aspiring entrepreneurs?
Just do what you love and love what you do! But keep an open mind, ears and heart to feedback and suggestions. After all, you do have a target market to satisfy. If you don’t sell, how will people get to know what you do?
Um, if you were a craft tool, what would you be? And why?
Scissors, of course! I love cutting, so keep your magazines away from me!
What can we expect to see from you guys at the upcoming Maker’s Market?
More collages and trinkets plus decoupaged boxes and hopefully some handpainted novelties.
Where else can we find your work?
https://www.facebook.com/maritahandmadelemonade and https://www.instagram.com/maritadelemonade