What do you make? How did you get into it?
Handmade accessories and other crocheted items. I’d say my mom has a big influence. She was in the knit and crochet business for as long as I can remember. My mom, Rosemarie, is the “Marie” in Marie Kit.
Are you a full-time crafter? If not, what is your day job?
I’m a full-time crafter thoroughly appreciative of being self-employed and constantly on the lookout for new opportunities.
If you’re a full-time crafter, what made you take the leap and pursue your craft?
I was job hopping in the IT world as a software engineer. Sick and tired of the rat race, I took a year off to explore and travel a bit. I also got involved more with playing the ukulele and got a short stint in a band. Along the way, I met Sichi from Sapin Sapin Tanzan and was introduced to arts and crafts fairs and the rest, as they say, is history.
What motivates you in pursuing this business?
Growth. There’s still so much I’ve to work on. Baby steps, baby steps.
What are some of the challenges of maintaining a craft business?
Placing a price on my craft. It’s an art of balancing of putting a cost on your handmade products compensating yourself properly and acknowledging your buyers’ sense of value.
Marketing is another thing. I am currently working on solidifying my online presence.
What’s a new skill–craft or business–that you’d like to learn?
I got my hands on calligraphy, watercolor painting, resin jewelry making, fabric marbling and pottery. I want to try carpentry and sewing. I’m dreaming of a workshop-cum-studio-cum-store of my own. Ah, to dream is free, right?
What’s your most recent craft business milestone?
We supply crocheted glass coasters to a cafe restaurant that serves great ensaymada! And we are now on ZALORA! Woot.
What is your favorite lesson in your experience of your business?
I can’t recall exactly where but I got this quote stuck in my head: “Something is always better than nothing”.
What craft business advice can you share with other aspiring entrepreneurs?
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. It doesn’t matter if it’s imperfect. Get out there, meet people. There’s inspiration everywhere. Oh, but who am I to say this? Just have fun and believe in yourself and your craft!
Um, if you were a craft tool, what would you be? And why?
I’d be a crochet hook! A handy-dandy crochet hook! You can use ’em as chopsticks! Awesome sauce.
What can we expect to see from you guys at the upcoming Maker’s Market?
Where else can we find your work?
Follow Marie Kit on Instragram! https://instagram.com/mariekitph/
Shop at ZALORA! http://marketplace.zalora.com.ph/mariekitph/