Tell us about your business.In 1999, inspired by the color and texture of hand-dyed wool felt, I started making toys for my baby girl. As she grew and began to draw I made her first sketch book, decorated with a hand-stitched felt teddy bear and adorned with her name. It became the forerunner of the Kata Golda collection. I continue to be inspired by the colors and textures of the world around me. Nestled snugly amongst the comings and goings of friends and family in a small, mossy seaside town, Kata Golda has grown into a flourishing business with the help of many skilled artisans living on the West Coast of the United States. Kata Golda strives to pay living wages and preserve handicrafts such as needlework, letterpress printing, hand-thrown pottery, hand-dyed textiles, felting and bookbinding.
What makes your business stand out?Kata Golda loves to play with wool felt and thread, leaving a trail of color behind her wherever she goes. Each day begins with a walk in the woods or digging in the garden, and by midmorning her mind is full of ideas and she’s ready to spend the day creating. Never is she found without a project or sketchbook in hand — and when armed with her basket of sewing, she can set up shop anywhere her adventures take her. Perhaps she’ll make a cozy nest indoors, where her ears will be filled with the musical talent of loved ones whiles she works. But if the weather is nice you’ll find her outdoors in a patch of sun, covered in little bits of thread, happily stitching away.
What's the best business advice you've received?I've been most inspired by fellow crafters who make their business a part of their lifestyle. I'm not sure if anyone told me to "stay true to what you love", but it's the advice I'd give someone starting out today. Live by example- your job should be a part of who you are. And that authenticity will come through in your products and your marketing and you passion for your business.
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