Meet the Maker Series - Part 1: Intentions

It’s March! That means Meet the Maker month is here. This month I’ll be pulling back the curtains at Parvanah Collective - giving you insights into what I do, why I do it, and how it all feels.

Just like that, it’s March.

As if turned on by the flick of a switch, the clouds have passed, the sun is shining in its glory, and buds are forming on the cherry blossom trees. (If you don’t already know, I currently live in Victoria where the flowers + warm-ish Canadian weather are hotly talked about, especially when the rest of the country is buried in snow.)

March also marks Meet the Maker month.

In essence it’s a time of the year where makers, like me, are encouraged to share more about what goes on behind the pretty pictures on the internet and the curated displays at markets. It’s a way for us to reach out and connect with our community - you - so that we can continue to build support for artisans and small handmade businesses.

Head on over to my Instagram page to follow along.

For the rest of this month I’ll be pulling back the curtains to give you a glimpse into Parvanah Collective. I’ll be sharing what inspires me, what scares me, what I love doing, and what will be first on my list to delegate.

My intentions for sharing all of this are three-fold.

  1. To inspire you to shop “small”.
    I hope that by sharing with you all of the pieces that make up my handmade business you’ll see the deep value in small business like mine and you’ll be motivated to seek out quality, small-batch goods for yourself and for others.

  2. To shed light on triple bottom line.
    Every time we spend our dollars we’re voting for what we want in this world. Triple bottom line is a business concept that looks at the financial, social, and environmental responsibilities of a company. I want to help you know about this so that you can make informed choices about how you spend your money and ultimately what you’re voting for in the marketplace.

  3. To support other makers.
    Starting a handmade business is a huge endeavour. Full disclosure: if I had known how big this curiosity would become I may not have started. (Turns out a little naivety can be useful.) In these years of growing on my business I have failed A LOT. In this method of “fail fast, fail often” I’ve taken advantage of my small scale to strategically pivot.

    Conceptualize. Test. Fail. Learn. Conceptualize. Test. Fail. Learn.

    I hope that by opening up about my process I can help other makers feel empowered to stick with it - to dig in, embrace the pivot, and prioritize consistency.

Next week I’m opening up about all of the hats that I wear in being a one-woman-business.

Until then, if you have a question about my work, owning a business, or being a work-at-home mom, then let me know in the comments below and I’ll try my best to answer your questions in future posts.

With light,

Tina