Tell us about your business.I am architect, artist, performer and homemaker who has made very good use of the last eight years as a stay-at-home mother. The last few years have been a creative departure for me, as I discovered my love for working with paper and cannot stop. As an architect, I enjoy playing with scale and working with repetitive elements. The egg piñatas and the giant peonies give me a chance to deal in both. I have always taken the long way around and have developed a bias towards projects and methods that take a very long time. I have loved making and selling the egg piñatas here in San Francisco. I hope to keep flopping around in paper maché, blowing out chicken eggs and working with gorgeous floral crepe papers for the foreseeable future. One project usually leads me to the next, so I can't wait to see how papelSF develops going forward.
What makes your business stand out?I think I am making items that haven't seen before. Or at least they haven't been seen exactly like this. There is that issue of scale with the tiny piñatas and the oversized blooms that keeps people interested. I can tell by the reactions to my objects that people think they are beautiful, but I also see wonderment. In this day and age when we come upon something that clearly took a long time to make, and on top of that is somewhat frivolous, it can be really captivating.
What's the best business advice you've received?Don' t pigeonhole yourself.
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