Lizzie Chadbourne from Lo & Behold Naturals
Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
My style is bright and vibrant just like the Lo & Behold branding! I am inspired by nature and the artwork from my friend Amy Richards Illustration that I use on the product labels. I plan to bring our entire line of 100% natural and handmade body care, and lots of curated gift sets for Mothers Day. Our best sellers are lip balms, whipped body butters, face masks, facial serum, facial toner, bug spray, and hand salves.
In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
Our best avenue for sales has been at markets, through the stores we partner with, and online using instagram to promote our website.
Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
I am always excited to see Lauren Sumner Pottery and admire her new moon collection.
What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
Spending time outside really puts me in the mood to be creative. Then I experiment inside my studio with all my materials ready to go, I like to be creative alone with pop music or classic country playing.
How did you come up with your business name?:
An old friend suggested the name because I always call lotion lo lo and I love expressions. At the time I imagined “Lo & behold, it is all natural!” However, the name has gained more meaning over the years and recently a customer sent me the most lovely passage that really gave it greater significance. The customer quoted a passage from “Eastern Body, Western Mind” with a section about the heart being a connector to all things. This customer said to me, “I feel like what you are doing and your attention to detail and aesthetics is giving us women the chance to honor and behold the beauty and divinity in ourselves.” I am still thinking this over, and feel honored that they would connect this inspiring book with my work. This concept has truly given my business name and mission a deeper meaning.
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?:
I would tell them to choose work that they love and find a passion that comes easily to them. Many other details that go into business can be hard, so choose something where the love is just easy and the core concept can be fun. I have gotten a lot of great advice, right now something pushing me along was advice from April Manring, the owner of Be Pure Beauty, one of our wonderful stockists. April pushed me to think bigger than just local, that my products are exceptional and to dream and think big. Her advice used to scare me, but now I am just excited, hopeful, and so thankful.
What is the best comment or compliment you have ever received for your work?
My favorite compliments are on product results, from “this is the best cuticle cream in the world”, or “wow I have been buying $90 serum at a spa and yours works so much better!” to last week when a young woman told me “This is by far the most effective face mask I have ever used.”
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