Meet the Makers: Tantan Fortich of Idiosyncratic Crafts

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Meet the Makers | No Comments


What do you make? How did you get into it?
I started out just making hoop art (cross stitch) with quotes I like from movies and songs. It started out just a hobby stitch because we had it in high school so it was easy for me to start. The patterns are readily available on line it ws just a matter of mixing and matching to suite my style.

Handstitched notebooks!

Handstitched notebooks!

Are you a full-time crafter? If not, what is your day job?
I am not a full time crafter. I help out my brother with his food business and I also help my dad with his businesses. I am also a ballet student (another serious hobby). I’ve been dancing for a long time and decided to pursue it again after college. Crafting is usually a third priority but priority nonetheless.

What motivates you in pursuing this business?
I wanted to continue making the things I enjoyed so I decided to try out a Christmas bazaar. The response was good so after that I asked a few establishments that cater to local small scale entrepreneurs if they accepted consignments.

You can never have too many graphic totes.  They're too useful (and cool).

You can never have too many graphic totes. They’re too useful (and cool).

What are some of the challenges of maintaining a craft business?
Limited exposure in one. We don’t have craft fairs in Cebu like in Manila but I think there is a market here for people who prefer handmade/ craft products. Another is commercialism. A lot of Cebuanos still prefer it.

What’s a new skill–craft or business–that you’d like to learn?
Glass blowing / making would be a cool thing to learn. Also, I’ve always been fascinated with cheese making.

These witty hoop embroidery pieces make for fun, quirky gifts.

These witty hoop embroidery pieces make for fun, quirky gifts.

What’s your most recent craft business milestone?
Nothing major yet. I’m just happy that I’m able to justify my efforts.

What is your favorite lesson in your experience of your business?
A lot can be accomplished when you plan everything out and when you really, really, really put your mind to it.

Get a closer look at these handstamped cards later this afternoon!  The Maker's Market in Cebu opens at 4 PM!

Get a closer look at these handstamped and embroidered cards later this afternoon! The Maker’s Market in Cebu opens at 4 PM!

What craft business advice can you share with other aspiring entrepreneurs?
Do it for the right reasons because there are a lot of roadblocks along the way and you don’t always get what you set out for. Shallow aspirations will not get you very far.
Do it because you love the craft, the process or that you just want to express yourself. When you put your heart and soul to what you do, everything will follow. Just be patient and persist.

Um, if you were a craft tool, what would you be? And why?
I would be a pen and paper. Everything starts with an idea; you gotta write it down.


What can we expect to see from you guys at the upcoming Maker’s Market?
Sass (hahaha!). I’m told that I have an attitude (sometimes) so I like to channel it there. ( I’m being polite when I say “attitude”)

Where else can we find your work?
You can find them at The Assembly by 032 at JY Square Mall and at The Chillage (currently they’re renovating so it’s closed for now.)


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