Mary Furby from MaryLeafMakes
Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
I have always been super creative throughout my life, but during my freshman year of college (only last year,) I discovered embroidery. I have absolutely fallen in love with the community of embroidery artists on social media, and their positivity and kind words are one of the biggest inspirations to me. My style is definitely more simple that other embroidery artists, but I enjoy playing around with simple lines and occasionally some florals. A big part of my business is making my art something people really enjoy, something that doesn’t quite feel like art, but doesn’t feel just like decor. Creating something special that someone will cherish and have in there dorm or office or house for years and years makes me want to keep doing this for as long as I can. My best sellers are my NC Floral Hoops, the Delicate Oval Lavender Hoop, the Sunflower Hoop, and the “It is Well” Hoop (and customs!)
How did you learn your craft?:
I taught myself how to embroider by using Instagram, youtube, and Pinterest. However the skills my mom taught me when I was young about hand sewing made the transition into embroidery a lot easier.
What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
I usually look back at some of my previous designs, and sit for a while sketching on my iPad. Looking back at old designs (good or bad,) reminds me of the process I went through to get where I am today. 99% of the time, I am embroidering while watching Netflix, and occasionally listening to an audio book. One thing I really love about embroidery is that its what I call a “social art.” I can do it while hanging out and chatting with my roommates, and sometimes this makes my creativity flow easier.
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:
The best advice I could give is take advantage of social media. Even if you don’t get any sales online, social media is a great confidence booster when taken with a grain of salt. Artistic communities can be so encouraging and honest too. Being consistent with posting and engaging with others will bring your business into awesome opportunities that you wouldn’t have found anywhere else.
We all have those people that love you tell us what we “should” make. What’s the worst “best tip” you’ve ever gotten?:
Most of the advice is from a friend who will send me stores she thinks my stuff would go well in. Unfortunately every single one she sends me doesn’t fit my vibe at all and I have to usually tell her it just wasn’t going to work out. I have definitely got some odd ideas before, and it is so awkward to just say “yeahhhhh,” and hope they never ask you if you made it.